Condition of Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Easements in Illinois Annual Progress Report Period: 31 August 2019 – 30 September 2020

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Sep 30 2020

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2020 (19)
No.19

Keywords

  • INHS

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