USFWS Video Highlights Southeastern U.S. Peatland Project

A project by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy to rewet drained peatlands in the U.S. Southeast Coastal plain is featured in this USFWS video.  The video also gives a peek at the DUWC research behind those efforts.

Beginning in 2009, the Duke University Wetland Center began a research program at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. USFWS and the Nature Conservancy provided funding for this research in support of restoring the degraded peatlands to a more natural state in order to sequester tons of nutrients (including nitrogen and carbon) and prevent runoff of ions and heavy metals (e.g., mercury) into adjacent estuaries.

DUWC research into these peatlands (called pocosins) continues, now with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Related Publications

Richardson, C.J., N. Flanagan, H. Wang, and M. Ho. 2014. Impacts of peatland ditching and draining on water quality and carbon sequestration benefits of peatland restoration. For the Eastern North Carolina/Southeastern Virginia Strategic Habitat Conservation Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 4 and The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Chapter. Final Project, November 2014. Duke University.

Ward, S., and S. Settlemyer. 2014. Sequestration benefits of peatland restoration: Attracting new partners to restore National Wildlife Refuge habitats. National Wetlands Newsletter 36 (1):8-10.

Richardson, C.J. 2012. Pocosins: Evergreen Shrub Bogs of the Southeast. Chapter 14 (pp. 189-202) in Batzer, D.P. and A.H. Baldwin (eds.), Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Richardson, C.J. 2003.  Pocosins: Isolated or integrated wetlands on the landscape?  Wetlands 23 (3):563-576.

Richardson, C.J. 198l. Pocosins:  Ecosystem processes and the influence of man on system response. pp. 3-19.  In:  Richardson, C.J. (ed.), Pocosin Wetlands:  An Integrated Analysis of Coastal Plain Freshwater Bogs in North Carolina.  Hutchinson Ross Publishing Co.  Stroudsburg, PA. 364p.

April 13, 2015