Wetlands law operates at the junction of private-property rights and natural resource protection. While wetlands provide rich and diverse species habitat, protecting and promoting water quality, the vast majority of U.S. wetlands are on private property. Federal law addresses wetlands protection and development in a complex manner. Those interested in protecting wetlands or developing wetland property must navigate challenging legal waters.
The Wetlands Deskbook organizes wetlands law for the novice and expert. This must-have reference book combines insights from two of the nation’s premier wetlands experts and provides all the background materials needed. This Fourth Edition includes updates on the most recent court decisions, agency policies, and regulations, such as implications for endangered species and U.S. Department of the Interior mitigation strategies. The authors have also added a new section identifying practical tips and pitfalls for attorneys practicing wetlands law.