Freshwater wetlands are an important habitat type and valued landscape at Fort A.P. Hill, located 70 miles east of Washington, D.C., in Caroline County, northeast Virginia. Of approximately 75,000 acres of land comprising the Fort, about 8.5% (6,385 acres) are freshwater wetlands. The mapping project utilized two-dimensional interpretation of 1-foot color-infrared orthorectified imagery collected in 2013, affording greater detail in wetland interpretation and classification. Hillshade data were also used to assist in wetland and higher-order stream detection at higher elevations, where identification can be more difficult. Accurate, updated maps of wetland and deep water habitat inventories are valuable aids in the restoration and management of these resources, and are being used for wetland hydrogeomorphic and functional assessments, wildlife habitat evaluations, and landscape planning and cooperative efforts.
Wetland area at Fort A.P.Hill