2011 Annual Report
The field work for the amphibian component of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Mid-Atlantic Conservation Effects Assessment Project was completed in July 2011. Each of the 48 sites was sampled quantitatively at least four times between 2009 and 2011. Sample sites consisted of wetlands currently in agricultural use (prior converted [PC]), restored wetlands formerly in agricultural production, and natural sites. Twenty of the sites were located in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and 28 of the sites were located on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware. Several PC sites had standing water in associated ditches, allowing an assessment of the species that likely occurred in these wetlands before conversion to agriculture. The total number of frog and salamander species registered for the restored sites (13) in the study was higher than that for the PC (6) and natural (11) sites. These results suggest that the wetlands restored through the Wetlands Restoration Program provide the ecological services needed by most of the amphibians in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Progress was monitored via planning meetings and site selection visits.