We lost 443,780 acres of forested wetlands between 2004-2009 throughout the watersheds closest to our coasts. Those are the big southern swampland forests, renowned in literature, part of our national and regional identity, some of our last great holdout country against the ever-increasing pavement, traffic, suburban sprawl and endless horizon-to-horizon corn and soybean fields. What are we losing the forested wetlands to? Mostly logging and silviculture. According to the report, the losses result not from the logging itself, but from the ditching and draining that accompanies it, the activities that convert wetlands to, say, pine plantations, the long term equivalent to a monoculture cornfield. What allows these conversions, in a nation where former President George W. Bush once declared that we will accept "no net loss" of wetlands? A confusing glitch in the Clean Water Act. As the reports says, "…no CWA permit is required for silvicultural activities in approximately 6.5 million acres of forested wetlands including pine flatwood wetlands, seepage forests, saturated hammocks, pond pine woodland and forested wet flats. It was in these forested habitats that wetland losses were the greatest."