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Sedimentation of Prairie Pothole Wetlands: The Need for Integrated Research by Agricultural and Wildlife Interests

Robert A. Gleason1 and Ned H. Euliss2


Abstract

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the northern Great Plains is a major producer of cereal grains and wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl. Both agriculture and wildlife are important resources of the PPR. The objectives of maintaining productive lands for agriculture and wildlife are not mutually exclusive; both benefit under sound resource management. We examined the influence of sedimentation on wildlife values in wetlands. Results from June-July 1993 indicate that sedimentation rates (g • m-2 • d-1) in wetlands with watersheds in summer fallow were significantly greater than in wetlands in native prairie, or in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands. Our work highlights the need for integrated research that combines expertise from agricultural and wildlife disciplines to develop sound conservation practices that simultaneously promote productivity of agricultural fields and wildlife habitats.

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1 Research Associate, National Biological Service, Northern Prairie Science Center, 8711 37th Street Southeast, Jamestown, ND.

2 Chief of Ecosystem Studies, National Biological Service, Northern Prairie Science Center, 8711 37th Street Southeast, Jamestown, ND.


This resource is based on the following source (Northern Prairie Publication 1038):
Gleason, Robert A. and Ned H. Euliss Jr.  1998.  Sedimentation of prairie
     pothole wetlands:  the need for integrated research by agricultural
     and wildlife interests. In Water for Agriculture and Wildlife and
     the Environment Win-Win Opportunities, ed. J. Schaack and S.S.
     Anderson.  Bismarck, ND:  Proceedings of the U.S. Committee of
     Irrigation and Drainage. 107-114pp.
This resource should be cited as:
Gleason, Robert A. and Ned H. Euliss Jr.  1998.  Sedimentation of prairie
     pothole wetlands:  the need for integrated research by agricultural
     and wildlife interests. In Water for Agriculture and Wildlife and
     the Environment Win-Win Opportunities, ed. J. Schaack and S.S.
     Anderson.  Bismarck, ND:  Proceedings of the U.S. Committee of
     Irrigation and Drainage.  Northern Prairie Wildlife Research
     Center Online. 
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/wetlands/pprwtlnd/index.htm
     (Version 03NOV98).

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