When we talk about wetlands, we often assume that our audience already knows why they are so important. But every so often it is worth reviewing the message.
What makes wetlands valuable and to whom? The NRCS has developed an easy explanation which includes a small section on regional differences for each part of the country. The midwest section emphasizes a decline in waterfowl while the section on the West cites a specific loss, "Wetlands in California's Central Valley have been reduced from more than 4 million acres to about 300,000 acres."