1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The goal of this USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project Wetland Component investigation is to collect and interpret data on ecosystem services provided by wetlands established through USDA conservation practices.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS has selected study locations, established necessary permissions with land owners and collected data regarding the provision of carbon sequestration and pollutant and greenhouse gas mitigation. The Cooperator will collect data regarding the quality and diversity of the plant community at shared study sites.
Previous work culminated in the production of a Masters student thesis and a manuscript has been produced for submission to a peer reviewed journal. New field sites have been established. Field data have been collected, processed, and initially analyzed to characterize the influence of hydrology, restoration age, and restoration practices on plant nutrient storage, biomass and decomposition. The National Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)-Wetland Plant Working Group has been established to foster collaboration on the development of a plant quality and abundance conceptual model and support of process based models.