|Past Members' Wetland Webinar Series|
ASWM’s July Members’ Webinar to learn about a new international handbook on best practices for wetland education centers and explore wetland center case studies
Wetland Link International North America Webinar II: Best Practice in Designing, Building and Operation of Wetland Education Centers
If you work in wetland education or you are interested in developing or improving a wetland center, the Wetland Link International (WLI) North America Network is presenting ASWM’s July webinar. The webinar will introduce the new Handbook on Best Practice in Wetland Education Centres, which was produced by ERF (Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation, Republic of Korea) and RAMSAR. Next, the webinar will provide presentations on various aspects of wetland center work, including sharing of case studies by our enthusiastic colleagues. The final portion of the webinar will allow for discussion and sharing of your own experiences running wetland centers.
This webinar offers the opportunity to join wetland education specialists working at wetland centers to learn more about how to plan, deliver and evaluate wetland center activities. WLI hopes the new handbook will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in this field, whether you are planning to build a new center, updating your existing buildings or infrastructure, or looking for new ideas to operate your wetland center more effectively.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT
Introduction - Marla Stelk, ASWM
Key Findings from ASWM's National Report on State Definitions, Jurisdiction and Mitigation Requirements in State Programs for Ephemeral, Intermittent and Perennial Streams in the United States – Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Policy Analyst, ASWM
This ASWM Member’s Webinar will present key findings from our two-year project to document the status of and trends in stream identification, delineation and mitigation practices for ephemeral, intermittent and perennial streams across the United States. The webinar will present highlights from the study’s comparative analysis, which was based on in-depth interviews with state staff from 47 states. The webinar will present findings on how stream impacts are integrated into state dredge and fill and 401 certification programs, information about stream identification and assessment methods, and practices for mitigating stream alteration and degradation. The study finds substantial variability in the terms and methods used by states and provides a valuable snapshot of practices and where they are trending at this time of rapid growth in mitigation programs and practices. This project was funded by a U.S. EPA Wetland Program Grant and the McKnight Foundation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. EST
Designing Wetlands for Rare Amphibians, Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service
Populations of certain amphibians are in steep decline. Chytridiomycosis fungus, urban development, and global warming are appearing to spell doom for many species. The good news is that something can be done to help rare species of amphibians by restoring wetlands. You’ll see how wetlands can be designed and built to provide habitat for the wood frog, four-toed salamander, Chiricahua leopard frog, red-legged frog, eastern spadefoot, and great basin spadefoot.
Tom Biebighauser is an ASWM member who works as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service. He has restored over 1,500 wetlands in 20-States and 2-Canadian Provinces, assisting thousands of private landowners and agency personnel with the design and construction of wetlands for improving wildlife and fish habitat. He teaches practical, hands-on workshops across North America where participants learn about wetland restoration and drainage by becoming involved in the design and construction of naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Tom has written three books about restoring wetlands A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds in 2003, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair in 2007, and Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide, in 2011. Photos showing some of the wetlands he has built are available for viewing here. You may contact him at
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Steve Emmett-Mattox, Restore America’s Estuaries
Length: 90 minutes
Learn about the emerging concept of coastal blue carbon and how it could help achieve tidal wetland management goals. Topics will include
Presenters: Jeanne Christie and Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, Jennifer Linn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Length: 90 minutes
The Association of State Wetland Managers recently completed a two-year project on the development of water quality standards for wetlands, which included a comprehensive document “Wetland Water Quality Standards for States" available here. Characteristics of wetlands differ from lakes and rivers. Many of the parameters used to develop standards for flowing and deep water habitats are not applicable to wetlands, which often do not have standing water year-round. Jon Kusler and Jeanne Christie along with Jennifer Linn from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will:
National Wetland Plant List, Dr. Bob Lichvar of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers