Wealth in wetlands
By: John Walter
One of the largest wetlands protection efforts on U.S. private land occurred in Greene County, Indiana.
Beginning in 2005, the landowner entered 7,200 acres into a permanent easement with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. The wetland, now known as the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, has become a dramatic demonstration of the power of wetlands to attract wildlife, offer public benefits, and provide revenue to landowners.