What is a Wetland?

A common question to the scientists of LMG is, “So what exactly is a wetland?”

Wetlands are wide ranging and can occupy a variety of environments, but some
of the more easily recognized wetland types are the coastal salt marsh and a shallow cypress swamp.

Similar terms used to classify certain wetland types are bog, pocosin, and wet meadow.
Wetlands are often located between dry terrestrial systems and permanently flooded deepwater systems,
or as isolated basins with little outflow and no adjacent deepwater system.

As one of the most ecologically productive ecosystems in the world, the functions of wetlands include,
but are not limited to: fish and shellfish breeding grounds, groundwater recharge, flood abatement,
pollution control, and species habitat.  

There are three criteria which technically define a wetland:
  1. The presence of hydric soils that are saturated or poorly drained
  2. Plants that have adapted to living in aquatic environments
  3. A water table that remains at or slightly below the soil surface for a specific duration of the growing season.
The process of determining the extent of a wetland boundary, a wetland delineation, is frequently a first step in
evaluating property. The scientists of Land Management Group have years of experience performing wetland
delineations throughout the southeastern United States. We also have a familiar relationship with the US Army
Corps of Engineers, which is the federal regulatory authority that enforces wetland regulations and many other
spects of environmental quality and compliance.    

As always at LMG, we are committed to assisting landowners utilize their land to its
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