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'Replicated' wetlands 'don't function correctly'

Recent study points to holes in replacement strategy

Conservation Commissioner Ken Pickren looks over the effort to recreate part of Rouge Brook on the AO property, in this 2010 file photo. (click for larger version)
February 26, 2012
Finding wetlands on a property is among the banes of a developer's existence, since it can mean totally rearranging a project.

But to conservation specialists, those places are among the most important nature has to offer.

For many years, the two have attempted to meet halfway with legal requirements to "mitigate" the wetland damage or to "replicate" anything that is filled elsewhere.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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