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May 8, 2013

Wetland Facts

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Did you know?
In 1991 wetland-related ecotourism activities such as hunting, fishing, bird-watching, and photography added approximately $59 billion to the national economy.
According to the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations, almost $79 billion per year is generated from wetland-dependent species, or about 71% of the nation's entire $111 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry in 1997.
An acre of wetland can store 1-1.5 million gallons of floodwater.
Up to one-half of North American bird species nest or feed in wetlands.
Although wetlands keep only about 5% of the land surface in the conterminous United States, they are home to 31% of our plant species.
"A healthy ecology is the basis for a healthy economy."

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