american wetlands

American Wetlands Month

This May, for American Wetlands Month, we’re sharing some facts about this unique and abundant habitat.

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Wetlands often occur at the mouth of rivers, around lakes, and streams, or alongside coastlines. They are defined as areas of land saturated by water most of the year. Check out the facts below about American Wetlands!

  • There are 4 types of wetlands in Ohio: marshes, bogs, fens, and swamps
  • Marshes are created when a water body starts to fill up with decaying plant debris (called “peat”)
  • Marshes work as a water supply table that filters incoming water and controls flooding
  • Bogs, marshes, and other wetlands are rich in plant material
  • Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area is a protected 5,703 acres, located 2 miles east of Shreve

“Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District recognizes the valuable role wetlands play in the environment to maintain clean water, protect biodiversity, and to provide unique recreational opportunities for the public. Collaboration with other organizations to manage, protect and enhance the value of wetlands found in the Muskingum Watershed is important to MWCD and is part of the 5-year strategic plan for the Conservation Department.” (

Looking Ahead

Various Fishing Tournaments at Multiple Lake Parks

Tots in the Park at Atwood Lake Park – June 1

Wild West Weekend at Charles Mill Lake Park – June 2-4

Ranger Day & MWCD Birthday Party at Atwood Lake Park – June 2-4

Moonlight Kayak at Seneca Lake Park – June 2

90th Anniversary Public Open House at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum – June 3

Race Brimstone 10 Mile & 5k Race at Atwood Lake Park – June 17

Coffee with the Chief at Marina Point – June 17

Ohio Boater Education Course for Kids at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – June 20

Coffee with the Chief at Clendening Marina – July 7

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

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