Wetlands perform a critical ecological role, typically acting as large carbon sinks and potentially preventing larger accumulations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Studies have suggested that man-made wetlands behave in a same manner by gradually accumulating carbon in vegetation and soils over time. The goal of this study was to survey soils from a chronosequence of 1-12 year old Wetlands Reserve Program (USDA) sites in western New York to better understand their carbon sequestration ability. Soil samples were taken from each WRP site (n=8) and contrasted with soil carbon in adjacent agricultural fields with similar soils. Results indicate that the WRP wetlands do not consistently accumulate carbon relative to non-restored sites and do not sequester significant amounts of carbon within the first 12 years after construction.
|Presenters:||Bradley Mudrzynski (Undergraduate Student)
Mark Norris (Faculty)
|Time:||10:45 am (Session II)|