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Working in partnership since 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nisqually Indian Tribe have restored 902 acres of tidally influenced coastal marsh in the Nisqually River Delta (NRD), making it the largest estuary-restoration project in the Pacific Northwest to date. Marsh restoration increases the capacity of the estuary to support a diversity of wildlife species. Restoration also increases carbon (C) production of marsh plant communities that support food webs for wildlife and can help mitigate climate change through long-term C storage in marsh soils. In 2015, an interdisciplinary team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers began to study the benefits of carbon for wetland wildlife and storage...
This research focuses on assessing large scale tidal marsh restoration for the carbon co-benefits of foodweb support and carbon sequestration potential. By assessing wildlife co-benefits with carbon accounting, this project will link traditional objectives of protecting, restoring, and managing diverse wetlands to support habitats and species with carbon dynamics and sequestration. This study addresses interconnected C processes and dynamics including: * Identify carbon sources that support Chinook foodwebs * Compare to the carbon sources that are stored in peat * Determining Net Ecosystem Carbon Balance within in a reference and restored marsh * Evaluate land use and vegetation change over time * Assessing...

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