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.
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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