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Wyoming Wetlands

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Wyoming is host to a wide variety of freshwater wetland ecosystems, including emergent marshes, wet meadows, playas, riparian forests, and fens. These wetlands exist at the interface, or ecotone, of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that create uniquely diverse and productive habitats in an otherwise semi-arid landscape. While only occupying approximately 1.5% of the total land area of Wyoming, wetlands support a disproportionately high number of plant and wildlife species and provide a suite of ecosystem services including flood attenuation, stream flow maintenance, aquifer recharge, sediment retention, water quality improvement, and the production of food, goods, and recreational area for human use.*

*Excerpted from Tibbets, T., Washkoviak, L., & Tronstad, L. 2020. Wetland Monitoring and Assessment in Wyoming: Addressing the Challenges of Wetlands in Highly-Managed Basins. Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. https://www.uwyo.edu/wyndd/_files/docs/reports/WYNDDReports/20tib01.pdf

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Detailed Descriptions of Wetland Types in Wyoming

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Use ‘Wetland Indicator Status’ filters in the Data Explorer to generate a list of Wyoming wetland species. VIEW »

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Discover methods for assessing and monitoring Wyoming wetlands. VIEW »

Learn about Wyoming’s Wetland Complexes. VIEW »

Access the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s ‘Wyoming Wetlands’ site, for even more information. VIEW »

View wetland polygons and interact with associated data. Prioritize restoration, conservation, and protection efforts based on site-specific data. VIEW »


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