By Brad Blaine
(information found as of Friday, July 27, 2001)

There are areas of Johnson T. Janes Park which have been listed and classified as wetlands by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Please refer to the National Wetlands Inventory Map prepared by the Office of Biological Services for the National Wetlands Inventory. According to this map, there are two such wetland area classifications. First, the area which borders Worthington Creek on the western boundary of the park has been designated R2OWZ. This designation signifies that the area is a riverine (R), Lower Perennial (2), Open Water with unknown bottom (OW), intermittently exposed/permanent (Z), wetland. The other area within the park designated as a wetland is the predominate wetland type covering the majority of the park's area. Its designation is PFO1W. This designation signifies that it is a Palustrine (P), Forested (FO), Broad Leaved Deciduous (1), Intermittently Flooded/Temporary (W), wetland. Although these designations are good descriptors of the wetlands within the park they aren't perfect. The methods used to classify these two wetland areas within the park involved primarily steroscopic analysis of high altitiude aerial photographs. Examiners looked at vegetation, visible hydrology and geography in accordance with Classification of Wetlands and Deep Water Habitats Of the United States (An Operational Draft) by Cowardin, et al. 1977. The limits to the procedures used to identify/classify the wetlands include; (1) some wetlands may have been obscured by vegetation in the aerial photographs and were unable to be detected, (2) the photos were static, meaning that classifications for a wetland were specifically defined for the time at which the photo was taken and don't account for various seasonal changes. As a result of these limitations, additions or corrections to the wetlands information displayed on this map are being solicited by the US Dept. Of The Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Biological Services.
at the following address:

Regional Director (ARDE) Region III
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal Bldg., Ft. Snelling (AD/BSP)
Twin Cities, Minnesota 55111

On a final note, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is quick to point out that regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over wetlands may define and classify wetlands in a different manner than that prescribed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. As such, there has been no attempt to define the limits of proprietary jurisdiction of any government agency to establish the geographic scope of the regulatory programs of such government agencies. Furthermore, persons planning to engage in modification or other activities within these defined wetland areas should seek the advice of appropriate agencies concerning specified regulatory programs and proprietary jurisdictions that may affect the said persons plans for modifications or other activities.
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