Kim H. Haag and Terrie M. Lee (2010)
This report, from the U.S. Geological Survey, provides an authoritative introduction to
freshwater wetlands in central Florida.
Statewide, 90 percent of the total wetland area is freshwater
wetlands and 10 percent is coastal wetlands. About 55 percent of the freshwater wetlands in Florida are
forested, 25 percent are marshes and emergent wetlands, 18 percent are scrub-shrub wetlands, and the
remaining 2 percent are freshwater ponds.
Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Site for the Study of Urban Ecosystem -
This study conducts research on metropolitan Baltimore as an ecological
The program integrates biological, physical, and social sciences. As a part of the National
Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Network, BES seeks to understand how urban
ecosystems change over time.
half of [the] 77% of Earth's surface is in direct use by humans for agriculture and urban development.
The other half is marked by past human influences… Nevertheless, these alternative states are often
species-rich, energetically productive and vigorous providers of ecosystem services.”
In other words, Earth's disturbed ecosystems have much more to offer than many would give them credit for.