Existing wetlands can be improved through management techniques such as fire and Integrated Plant Management (IPM). And they may be created from scratch as long as the soil and moisture conditions are conducive.
For more than a century, developers and landowners have been responsible for draining millions of acres of wetlands throughout the upper Midwest.
It has taken way too long to appreciate the all-important roles wetlands play as nature’s water filter and water storage systems. Finally, in recent years, these practical values are being recognized to the extent that developers or farmers usually must mitigate any loss of wetlands that their activities cause.
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