Drainage investment and wetlands loss: an analysis of the national resources inventory data

A. J. Douglas, Richard Johnson

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Abstract

The US Soil Conservation Service (SCS) conducts a survey for the purpose of establishing an agricultural land use database. This survey is called the national resources inventory (NRI) database. The complex NRI land classification system, in conjuction with the quantitative information gathered by the survey, has numerous applications. The current paper uses the wetland area data gathered by the NRI in 1982 and 1987 to examine empirically the factors that generate wetland loss in the US. The cross-section regression models listed here use the quantity of wetlands, the stock of drainage capital, the reality value of farmland and drainage costs to explain most of the cross-state variation in wetland loss rates. Wetlands preservation efforts by federal agencies assume that pecuniary economic factors play a decisive role in wetland drainage. The empirical models tested in the present paper validate this assumption. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJournal of Environmental Management
Pages341-355
Number of pages15
Volume40
Edition4
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Douglas, A. J., & Johnson, R. (1994). Drainage investment and wetlands loss: an analysis of the national resources inventory data. In Journal of Environmental Management (4 ed., Vol. 40, pp. 341-355)