CORVALLIS, Ore. - A far-reaching, highly interactive Web experience that provides deep, richly illustrated insight on the historic and current states of Oregon's wetlands is the newest member of the critically acclaimed Oregon Explorer family of sites produced by Oregon State University Libraries, the Institute for Natural Resources and, in this case, The Wetlands Conservancy.
Oregon Wetlands Explorer takes users virtually to areas throughout the state, from coastal salt marshes to mountain fens desert salt grass flats and many points in between, providing information on wetland ecology, history, wildlife and restoration opportunities. Oregon has lost more than half of its wetlands since European settlers arrived in the 1800s, and producers of the site hope the information will be helpful in encouraging protection of the areas that remain.
"Wetlands are uniquely productive and valuable ecosystems, occurring in all corners of Oregon and are among the most biologically productive and species-rich habitats in the state," said Esther Lev of The Wetlands Conservancy. "Oregon Wetlands Explorer is designed to support the work of citizens, agencies and watershed councils and non-profits by providing information on wetland ecology, history and restoration opportunities in the conservation of these sensitive, vital areas."
In addition to deep historical data, charts and graphics, site visitors can expect to experience such highlights as:
The site was developed over the past two years with funding from the Murdock Memorial Trust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highways Administration. It joins such others sites as Oregon Land Use Explorer, Wildlife Risk Explorer, Oregon Imagery Explorer and sites specific to the Umpqua Basin, Willamette Valley, North Coast and more. Browse them all at http://oregonexplorer.info/index.aspx.
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Heather Stout, 541-867-0237