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6 March 2019 Ecosystem Services Provided by Prairie Wetlands in Northern Rangelands
W. Carter Johnson
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Abstract
  • Wetlands add significant ecosystem services to rangeland. These services include: sediment capture; groundwater recharge and discharge; stock water processing and purification; habitat and forage for plants and animals, including livestock; and climate protection via carbon storage. Services from wetlands occur at multiple scales, from local to global.

  • These services are lost when wetlands are permanently drained. Strategic management of wetlands in rangeland can sustain most services, diversify and improve ranch income, lower the costs of livestock production, and provide benefits to society beyond the ranch boundary.

© 2019 The Society for Range Management.
W. Carter Johnson "Ecosystem Services Provided by Prairie Wetlands in Northern Rangelands," Rangelands 41(1), 44-48, (6 March 2019). https://doi.org/doi 10.1016/j.rala.2018.12.003
Published: 6 March 2019
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