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Kealia East Pond in Maui, Hawaii. Image: USFWS (Public Domain)
Wetlands, the transition zones between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems,
are characteristically saturated with or covered by water, at least
periodically, and soil development and plant and animal communities are
determined by water (Cowardin et al. 1979). Natural wetland habitats include
marshes, swamps, and bogs. Anthropogenic (man-made) wetlands include taro patches,
prawn ponds, some fishponds, and other irrigated croplands. (Charles P. Stone)
In their natural condition, wetlands supply numerous ecological, economic, and cultural benefits to local communities -- including water quality protection, flood control, erosion control, fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic productivity, and unique opportunities for education and recreation.
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The HWJV mission is to protect, restore, increase and enhance all types of wetlands, riparian habitat and associated uplands throughout the Hawaiian Islands through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, people and the Hawaiian culture.
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The PCJV works to protect and restore coastal wetland ecosystems to benefit birds, fish and other wildlife in the coastal areas of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Hawaii.
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