Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Southeastern United States

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Tidal wetlands are a dominant landscape feature of the coastal zone in the southeastern United States. These wetlands are largely colonized by salt-tolerant plants forming salt and brackish marshes or mangrove swamps, or by other water-tolerant species in tidally influenced freshwater areas. Anyone driving to southern beaches is likely to have crossed coastal wetlands on the trip, since these wetlands often stretch for miles between barrier island beaches and the mainland. Oftentimes, people, both young and old, can be seen fishing or crabbing from bridges crossing tidal rivers or creeks. This provides one of very many direct evidence of the productivity and value of these natural habitats.

This book is arranged in four major sections: (1) Coastal Wetland Ecology: A General Overview, (2) Identification of Coastal Wetland and Aquatic Plants, (3) Wetland Plant Descriptions and Illustrations, and (4) Distribution of Coastal Wetlands in the Southeast. In addition , a list of references used in preparing this book and a glossary of technical terms are provided.

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Coastal wetlands are among our most valuable environmental resources, providing such benefits as flood and storm damage protection, water quality maintenance, and vital habitats for fish, shellfish, and other wildlife. In the southeastern United States, over 90 percent of commercial fishing involves estuarine species, and the region's multimillion dollar shrimp fishery is dependent on the viability of coastal marshland. After years of misuse, coastal wetlands are now recognized as a critical natural resource worthy of protection; both federal and state laws regulate their use throughout the nation. This attractively illustrated book is a field guide to southeastern coastal wetland plants. It is designed for nonspecialists and should be useful to biologists, planners, environmental consultants, landscape architects, naturalists, and students, as well as to the average reader. Intended primarily for use along the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts (from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas), it will also be valuable as far north as New Jersey, as far south as Mexico. The book will also be useful for identifying the majority of dominant species in nontidal wetlands along the Coastal Plain, since most freshwater tidal marsh and swamp plants are not restricted to coastal wetlands. More than 250 plants of tidal marshes and swamps are fully described and illustrated, and over 200 other plants are cataloged as similar species with distinguishing characteristics given. Easy-to-use nontechnical keys guide the reader in plant identification. The author also offers an overview of coastal wetland ecology and describes the eight major types of coastal wetlands in the Southeast. He furnishes maps showingthe locations of coastal marshes and mangrove swamps from Virginia to Texas and lists places to observe coastal wetlands in each state.

About the Author:

Ralph W. Tiner is a nationally recognized wetland ecologist with more than 40 years of experience mapping tidal marshes an other wetlands.

He has directed the federal government's National Wetlands Inventory in 13 states for over 35 years and , as an adjunct professor has taught courses in wetland plant identification / ecology and wetland delineation/classification at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He is currently treasurer for the U.S. National Ramsar Committee and also serves as the editor of Wetland Science and Practice (a journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists). To date, he has written over two hundred d publications including two field guides published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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