This extension note describes the basic ecological features of wetland ecosystems. It is a foundational document that provides important concepts and background information to be applied in future extension notes on wetland management. Major topics and concepts covered in this document are: - definition of a wetland ecosystem and comparison of characteristics with other related ecosystems, - recognition of the different applications of the term "wetland ecosystem" at site and landscape scales, - major environmental factors and their effects on wetland ecosystems, - classification of wetland ecosystems, - successional patterns in wet-land ecosystems, - natural disturbance regimes of wetlands, - role of reserves in protecting wetland ecosystems, - regional variation in wetland abundance and characteristics, and - some important management issues for wetland ecosystems in British Columbia.
Banner, A., MacKenzie, W.H.. 2007. The Ecology of Wetland Ecosystems. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Extension Note (FLNRORD). EN45
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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