Wetlands is a collective term encompassing marshes, swamps, and bogs found within the landscape depressions of otherwise flat vegetated areas. Wetlands can be found in almost every climate condition – and in nearly every county – throughout the United States. A wetland may even exist in your very own neighborhood!
Wetlands are not always easy to identify because they are so varied.
Atlantic coastal wetland.
Some wetlands are continuously wet.
And some wetlands are periodically dry.
Some wetlands exist naturally, while others are altered by activities such as farming or ranching – or by a fastidious bastard named Joe who ran his industrial leaf blower from March through December and illegally built a house directly in your backyard – a house that is a full three feet higher than the allowed elevation according to the We Hate Joe Water Run-Off Guidelines.
So support your local Wetlands – they are natural wonders of great value.