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Wetland Ecological System List

Most of Colorado’s wetlands and riparian areas fit within the fourteen ecological systems listed below. Detailed descriptions will be posted in early 2016. Use the key to differentiate between the various types.

Colorado Plateau Hanging Garden
Inter-Mountain Basins Greasewood Flat
Inter-Mountain Basins Interdunal Swale Wetland
Inter-Mountain Basins Playa
Inter-Mountain Basins Wash
North American Arid West Emergent Marsh
Rocky Mountain Alpine-Montane Wet Meadow
Rocky Mountain Lower Montane-Foothill Riparian Woodland and Shrubland
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-Montane Fen
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-Montane Riparian Shrubland
Rocky Mountain Subalpine-Montane Riparian Woodland
Western Great Plains Closed Depression Wetland
Western Great Plains Floodplain
Western Great Plains Riparian