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Old 10-14-2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Resoaking a swamp after 250 years dry.

This is an AP article so I can not use quotes here but a very interesting article about how the peat fires where swamps were drained many years ago are being slowly rewetted and monitored. The huge peat fires in other countries as well as at The Great Dismal Swamp which once was ten times it's current size spew large amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. Rewetting the peat and allowing a swamp habitat to reform has some interesting lessons to teach.



George Washington and other partners saw profit in Great Dismal Swamp, if only they could drain it and harvest the timber. 250 years later, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge’s dry peat soil releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and is prone to burning. By rewetting part of the swamp, the Service is helping the peat hold onto its carbon and absorb rainwaters, reducing the risk of flooding in neighboring communities. Native species like the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker gain habitat, as well.
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