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Ecosystems Restoration and Sustainability: Ecosystem Research

Bird taking flight from marsh Image of cypress trees  in Davis Pond

USGS scientists who study ecosystems conduct research and monitor freshwater, terrestrial, and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. Healthy ecosystems provide essential services, such as crop pollination, water and air purification, harvestable populations of fish and wildlife, soil replenishment, pest control, and nutrient cycling.

The NWRC is strongly committed to achieving objectives through partnerships. Federal and state natural resource managers use USGS scientific information to protect, restore and enhance our natural resources, and ensure that healthy ecosystems, and the services they provide, will be here for generations to come.

An important focus of our research and monitoring is meeting the scientific needs of Interior resource management bureaus. Our studies support many of their needs for biological and ecological information, including development of annual waterfowl regulations, research leading to better land protection strategies for national parks, and investigations seeking optimal water control practices for enhancement of fisheries.



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