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|Main Title||Identification and Protection of Reference Wetland Natural Communities in Maryland: Potomac Watershed Floodplain Forests.|
|Author||Thomson, D. ; Gould, A. M. A. ; Berdine, M. A.|
|CORP Author||Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, Annapolis.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Wetlands Protection.|
|Additional Subjects||Wetlands ; Communities ; Maryland ; Floodplains ; Vegetation ; Flood control ; Flood management ; Flooding ; Classification ; Floodplain forests ; Conservation ; Long-term monitoring ; Biodiversity ; Ecological health ; Restoration ; Maryland Vegetation Classification ; Potomac Watershed Floodplain Forests|
One impediment to wetland protection and restoration efforts is the lack of adequate benchmarks against which to assess ecological integrity. The health of an ecosystem is difficult, if not impossible to assess without explicit knowledge of the target community. Objective measures of the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on the complex and vast ecosystems of Maryland's palustrine wetlands present a daunting challenge. The measurement of these stresses, documentation of changes, and estimation of geographic cover depends upon the identification of basic units of these wetlands, the component communities, which are some of the end products of this project.