08 Mar '12, 9pm

Green Blog: 2 Manmade Marshes: One Planted, One Left to Nature: Ultimately, the plant life that flourished in ea...

Ohio State University Two experimental wetlands in 1995 (Year 2, left panel) and 2008 (Year 15, right panel). The planted one is on the left and the unplanted one is on the right in each panel. By Year 2, the planted one is forested around its perimeter while the other is not. By Year 15, they are similar. Wetlands development has always been a bit of an oxymoron. So perhaps it comes as little surprise that when Ohio State University studied two manmade wetlands — planting marsh varietals in one and letting nature take its course in the other — it found that over a 15-year period, both produced nearly identical plant life. Still, the natural one managed to sequester more carbon. The analysis appears in the March issue of the journal BioScience. Although wetlands creation has been an integral part of American land development policy for decades, there has been scant researc...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/2-manmade-marsh...

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2 Manmade Marshes: One Planted, One Left to Nature

green.blogs.nytimes.com 08 Mar '12, 9pm

Ohio State University Two experimental wetlands in 1995 (Year 2, left panel) and 2008 (Year 15, right panel). The planted ...

2 Manmade Marshes: One Planted, One Left to Nature

green.blogs.nytimes.com 08 Mar '12, 9pm

Ohio State University Two experimental wetlands in 1995 (Year 2, left panel) and 2008 (Year 15, right panel). The planted ...

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