Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Mississippi
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Mississippi Project

Development of a nationally scalable monitoring and assessment protocol for ACEP-WRE wetland program

January 2023 - December 2026


Participating Agencies

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

The proposed goal of this project is to develop such a national-scale ecological monitoring and assessment framework to support the NRCS wetland easement program. This research also will provide quantitative evidence on cost-quality trade-offs in monitoring and assessment activities that will facilitate management decisions for enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, and impacts of NRCS’s wetland easements. The above goal will be accomplished by completion of the following objectives:
1) To develop a national-scale ecological monitoring framework for wetland easements that encompasses their structure and function and can facilitate easement assessment,
2) To identify a framework and determine costs for conducting regular ecological monitoring and executing management practices on ACEP-WRE easements.