Hawaiʻi Coastal Ecosystem: Wetlands

Wetlands are characterized as areas where the soil is covered by water - either year round, or only during specific times of the year. These ecosystems provide critical services including habitats for diverse animals and plants, water quality improvement, flood mitigation, and recreational activities. 

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Department of Land and Natural Resources
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CCR Virtual Wetlands Field Studies

In this CCR Virtual Field Study we visit Koheo Wetlands, a salt marsh located in Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi. 

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Resources

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This informational PDF brochure, created by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, gives a basic overview of Hawaiʻi Wetlands from Mauka to Makai. 

A DLNR Forestry and Wildlife Division created ArcGIS StoryMap about Hawaiʻi Wetlands. This visual tool spotlights native wetlands species and provides several reasons for why we should protect our wetlands. 

"Wetland Loss in Hawaiʻi Since Human Settlement", a paper published in the international journal Wetlands, conducts a study to determine loss in wetlands using the National Wetlands Inventory, hydric soil maps, rainfall, and topographic data.

The Environmental Protection Agencyʻs Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition: Using Vegetation To Assess Environmental Conditions in Wetlands explores the way that vegetation can measure of anthropogenic impacts on wetlands. 

This hands-on lesson, designed by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), illustrates the role wetlands play in maintaining a healthy marine environment. During the lab students will learn how wetlands naturally filter water and improve water quality. 

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Hawaiʻi has a variety of native and endemic wetland birds threatened by non-native predators, human development, and other obstacles. 

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