Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States
The breadth and complexity of preparing this classification
caused us to solicit help and advice from individuals too numerous
to list here. Frequently the recommendations were in conflict and
we take responsibility for the decisions we have made but
acknowledge all suggestions including those not accepted. Several
meetings were crucial in formulating the present classification
and in modifying earlier drafts. We thank those who attended the
formative meeting at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, January 1975; The
National Wetland Classification and Inventory Workshop at College
Park, Maryland, July 1975; and the review panels assembled at
Sapelo Island, Georgia, and at St. Petersburg, Florida. We also
thank those individuals and agencies who responded to distribution
of the operational draft. Special credit is due the regional
coordinators of the National Wetlands Inventory and P. B. Reed,
who have furnished continuing consultation on application of the
system. Martel Laboratories field-tested the system and furnished
specific criticisms. We were advised by J. Everett on
geomorphology, K. K. Young and O. Carter on soil taxonomy, R. P.
Novitzki on hydrology, and R. H. Chabreck on coastal wetland
ecology. M. L. Heinselman and R. H. Hofstetter helped with
difficult problems of peatland ecology and terminology. R. L.
Kologiski aided with botanical problems. J. H. Montanari, W. O.
Wilen, and the entire National Wetlands Inventory staff furnished
encouragement and logistic support. The staff of the Northern
Prairie Wildlife Research Center contributed substantially to
completion of the classification. Art work and graphics were
prepared by J. Rodiek, R. L. Duval, and C. S. Shaiffer. J. H.
Sather worked closely with us and served as editor on previous drafts.
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