-by Jen and Brian Cauthers
Wetland protection and restoration are key factors in preventing this threatened habitat from destruction.
As more communities and developments branch out into undeveloped lands, we encounter habitats that are often overlooked as important to the stability of our ecosystems. Unfortunately, freshwater wetland habitats typically fall into this category, as they are often simply referred to as “swamps.” Most people do not have a positive reaction when they hear the word “swamp.” Instead, they think stagnant stinky water. In reality, freshwater wetlands are vital to the stability of our ecosystems because they provide breeding grounds for many creatures such as frogs and turtles. They also provide a filtration system for our water as it percolates through the soils.