CLEMSON, S.C. — This publication describes the importance of wetlands through a discussion of the ecology, ecosystem services, history, and policy of wetland ecosystems. With a particular focus on South Carolina wetlands, this article targets extension agents, landowners, land managers, and conservation professionals, who can use this overview to better understand the status and importance of wetland ecosystems. Additional Land-Grant Press publications related to wetlands are available on the Clemson Cooperative Extension Land-Grant Press website (lgpress.clemson.edu): “Valuing Ecosystem Services of Coastal Marshes and Wetlands,” “South Carolina’s Coastal Habitats and Regional Comparison,” and “How the 2020 Definition of WOTUS Affects Agricultural and Specialty Crop Producers.”
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–Clemson Extension Land Grant Press