Wetland Stock Photos

Written by charlie   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 02:15

While surfing the web today, I stumbled upon a slideshow of the Everglades here:


Which reminded me that many photos that previously required expensive licensing were just released for noncommercial use by Getty Images last week.  In a quick search, over 18,000 wetland related photos are listed by Getty, but not all are free to use. Many images can now be embedded in a webpage at no cost provided that Getty is credited and a link to the licensing page is visible. Its a great way to utilize both historic and world class photography that had previously been too expensive for a low budget website. Take a look.






2014 Farm Bill and Wetlands

Written by charlie   
Friday, 07 February 2014 18:59

With the Senates passage of the long awaited 2014 Farm bill, and President Obama's promise to sign, its worth a look at the details as both the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Both programs are funded through the Farm Bill, with it's almost $1 Trillion budget, and have a direct impact on wetland conservation.

Overall, there has been a $6 billion decrease in funding from the 2008 Farm Bill.  Acreage under management for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was capped at 24 million acres, down from a cap of 32 million acres, but with enrollment currently only at 17 million acres, its a paper loss. The modified provisions also allows up to 2 million acres to be used for grazing under certain circumstances.

Two other existing conservation programs, the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) and Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) are to be combined and share $1 billion in funding under the new Agricultural Lands Easement (ALE) program.

Due to conservation organizations efforts, a major victory is the reinstatement of the "Swampbuster" provision, tying or  "re-coupling" conservation compliance, which had been missing in the Farm Bill since 1996, directly to agricultural subsidies. Farmers may still convert, or drain wetlands, but they will forgo subsidized federal crop insurance if they do. Ducks Unlimited estimates there was as many as 3.3 million acres of wetlands at risk due to the lack of penalties tht the Swampbuster provisionsprovided in the interim years between 1996 and today.


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Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 19:06

Happy World Wetlands Day!

Written by charlie   
Monday, 03 February 2014 02:02

From Ramsar  "2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes."  In the US this coincides with the imminent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, which funds important wetland conservation programs.


Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 19:02

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