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Wetlands are an endangered resource in Illinois and across the nation. The composition and distribution of wetlands has changed dramatically over the past 200 years. The current estimated rates of loss foreshadow both positive and negative outcomes for wetland resources.

Although wetlands continue to be destroyed in Illinois, this destruction no longer appears to be occurring at extremely rapid rates. The observed decrease in wetland destruction rates may be the result of many occurrences. One reason may be that most of the easiest and economically profitable wetlands to convert have already been altered, and that the remaining wetlands are more difficult and/or less profitable to convert.

Another reason for the apparent decrease in wetland loss rates may be the number of national and statewide voluntary, incentive-based programs and regulatory measures that have been developed and implemented to help protect wetlands from further negative impacts.

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