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Wetlands and Agriculture: Private Interests and Public Benefits

Ralph E. Heimlich, Keith D. Wiebe, Roger Claassen, Dwight Gadsby, and Robert M. House

Wetlands and Agriculture: Private Interests and Public Benefits examines the differences between public and private incentives regarding wetlands, noting the recent increase in the value society is placing on wetland ecosystem services and the inability of many landowners to profit from these services. The report discusses the shift in federal policy from encouraging wetland conversion to encouraging wetland protection and restoration. The report also assesses the need of continued wetlands protection policies as the US approaches achieving the goal of "no net loss" of wetlands.

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