DU updating Oregon wetlands inventory

Through a recent contract with the Bureau of Land Management, Ducks Unlimited is updating the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) for a large portion of southeast Oregon.

Established in 1986, the NWI is a publicly available resource for classifying and mapping wetlands, evaluating status and trends of wetlands, conservation planning and natural resource management. The NWI provides information on wetland size, flooding frequency, land cover type and vegetation composition. Under the NWI descriptions, wetlands can include habitats such as rivers, dry washes, marshes, lakes and agricultural ditches.