Environmentalists! I need your wisdom!?Hey I need your help! So I am cntleurry doing a debate about why this wetland site should be protected. I need to get together lots of reasons why this site would be beneficial to preserve. I am not the best at this and figured that there would be a lot of environmentalists out there that would have better insight If you're feeling up to it through me some of your knowledge! Thanks! The information about the site is listed below This large marsh has remained little changed, surrounded to a large part by pasture lands. Agriculture has been restricted to the north end of the marsh while there is a similar marsh with a rich community protected by the Nature Conservancy (greenwood swamp). Various other marsh preserves are located further east, together forming a large complex.A new highway will be constructed through the middle of the site within the next six months. This cannot be stopped, but if the site is protected, extensive mitigation measures will be incorporated into the road construction to prevent run-off, car-proff crossings for turtles, etc.Traffic volume on the current highway is increasing. When it was built, little attention was paid to its effects on the marsh.A paper recylcing plant is planed on a parcel of land to the south along the highway. The paper plant will require a signficant water source. A local well appears to be the most cost-effective option.The majority of the marsh is classified as Southern Sedge Meadow, dominated by tussock sedge and Canada bluejoint grass. Addictional sedges are Carex diandra and C. sartwellii, marsh bellflower, marsh wild-timothy, water horehound, swamp aster, spotted Joe-Pye weed, marsh fern, and swamp milkweed are also very common. Much of the perimeter of teh sedge meadow is Shrub Carr, dominated by red-osier dogwood, silky dogwood, meadowsweet, and various willows.There are three patches of Oak opening forest on the higher ground within this property. The primary tree is mature Bur oak and Shagbark hickory. American hazelnut is common in the understory. The herb layer is native grasses and forbs present. There are several patches in the marsh forming islands of Cottonwood, American and Slippery elm. There is a farily large colony of nesting Great Blue Heron on one of these islands.