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Title:Condition of Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Easements in Illinois Annual Progress Report Period: 31 August 2019 – 30 September 2020
Author(s):Gilbert, Andrew D.; Fournier, Auriel M.; Yetter, Aaron P.
Subject(s):Wetland Reserve Program
Wetland Monitoring
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:During the 2019 fiscal year (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020), the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) conducted wetland monitoring and wetland quality evaluations for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on Agriculture Conservation Easement Program - Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE; n = 92). We visited each wetland easement twice; once in autumn/winter (November–January) and again during spring (February–May) totaling 184 easement visits. Easements were located in Boone (n = 2), Calhoun (n = 2), Gallatin (n = 2), Greene (n = 10), Hardin (n = 4), Jersey (n = 1), Johnson (n = 8), Macoupin (n = 1), Massac (n = 2), Monroe (n = 9), Pope (n = 6), Randolph (n = 7), Rock Island (n = 6), Stephenson (n = 2), White (n = 13), Whiteside (n = 11), and Winnebago (n = 6) Counties. Easements comprised 74 WRP easements, 12 Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE), 2 Emergency Wetland Reserve Program (EWRP) easements, and 4 ACEP-WRE easements. The WRP, EWPP-FPE, and EWRP easements were enrolled in NRCS programs prior to 2014 Farm Bill restructuring of wetland easements that now fall into the ACEP-WRE program. We previously submitted easement monitoring worksheets and detailed photographs of easement conditions, and this report contains a summary, descriptive management plans (Appendix 1) that detail conditions of the easements, and gives recommendations for improvements to vegetation communities and easement infrastructure for 92 visited easements.
Issue Date:2020-09-30
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2020 (19)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Service Agreement Number: 68-5A12-18-003
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-02

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