For our last winter speaker series of 2021, we are excited to welcome wetlands expert Ray Nix to speak about the importance of wetlands, wetlands mitigation, and wetland mitigation banks.
Wetlands make up a significant portion of land in Alaska and the Susitna River Watershed. In fact, land in Matanuska Susitna Borough alone is ¼ wetlands. These wetlands are often considered to be invaluable waste areas useful only for filling and development. Quite the contrary, our Alaska wetlands are valuable resource serve ecologically important roles for our fish and wildlife. Because these wetlands are critically important, steps must be taken to make sure that wetland areas are taken care of during infrastructure development and considered during agricultural and forestry practices.