Held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
- Brenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Gina O’Neil, Ph.D., Technical Consultant, Esri [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Jeremy Schewe, PWS, Chief Scientific Officer, Ecobot [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Kevin Benck, Geospatial Services [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
Manual delineation, confirmation, and characterization of wetlands is a time-consuming and costly process. This webinar highlighted technology available for streamlining these steps: from informing and guiding manual processes with remotely sensed data, to automating detailed landscape documentation in compliance with permitting requirements. In part one of the webinar, Gina O'Neil (Ersi) provided an overview of the Wetland Identification Model (WIM). WIM is a new Arc Hydro functionality that maps likely wetland locations using topography and machine learning, with the capacity to ingest other remote sensing data. Next, Kevin Benck (SMUMN) detailed how the machine learning workflow can be reconfigured to instead identify candidates for wetland restoration. Part two of the webinar focused on carrying out the fieldwork that these predictive models can direct. Jeremy Schewe (Ecobot) described how Ecobot software streamlines the landscape-level investigation from data entry to creation of deliverables. The webinar concluded with an opportunity for participants to ask the presenters questions.
Gina O’Neil, Ph.D., joined Esri in 2019, where she is a technical consultant and member of the Arc Hydro team. Her Esri work focuses on advanced spatial analytics related to remote sensing and hydrology. Prior to joining Esri, Dr. O’Neil completed her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. Dr. O'Neil dissertation focused on the development of WIM and involved work in LiDAR DEM analysis, python geoprocessing workflows, geomorphologic modeling, and machine learning. When she is away from her computer, she enjoys hiking in her new home of Colorado.
Jeremy Schewe is an ecopreneur meshing ecological management with tech. From combining Earth sciences and tech, raising capital and running successful businesses, to protecting thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, he lives life to its fullest. As an entrepreneur, Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), professional ecologist, botanist, environmental consultant, and executive at a tech startup, he has over 18 years of project management experience in the Americas, South Pacific, Middle East, and Europe for conservation and regulatory projects. Jeremy works in the interchange between people and sensitive habitats via wetlands delineations, T&E surveys, biological inventories, botanical inventories, EIS, AIA for PSD applications, 404/401 permits, and more. Jeremy spends all of his free time in the wilderness, playing soccer, climbing, and pursuing the Celtic Twilight.
Kevin Benck joined GeoSpatial Services as a GIS Analyst in the fall of 2013. His educational background is in environmental studies, environmental geography and data analytics, giving him a wide and varied understanding on how ecosystems function. He has an extensive and varied background in engineering/environmental consulting, specifically in the application of GIS analysis to describe and model natural resources. Kevin also has considerable experience in developing database and spreadsheet applications for collecting, warehousing, and analyzing natural resource data. Additionally, Kevin has also been in the development and application of analytical and geospatial tools for ecosystem services and environmental function analysis.
Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Cassaundra Rose, PhD, Senior Science Analyst & Climate Council Coordinator, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Maria Redmond, Director, Wisconsin's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director, Office of Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
Hannah Pingree and Cassaundra Rose
Maine Won't Wait: Maine's New State Climate Action Plan
Maine released its four-year climate action plan, Maine Won't Wait, in late 2020. This four-year Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, is the consensus result of months of painstaking study, dialogue, discussion, and public deliberation to determine the steps Maine must take to combat climate change.
We reviewed the 15-month process by which the legislatively-created Maine Climate Council developed Maine Won't Wait. The Council — an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens — was charged with developing this four-year Climate Action Plan to put Maine on a trajectory to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
Backed by the first comprehensive scientific and technical assessment about climate change in Maine in a decade, Maine Won’t Wait outlines the urgency with which Maine must slow the effects of climate change to make a meaningful contribution to global efforts, while also taking bold action to prepare Maine people, communities, and environment for climate-related harms to come. We will discuss implementation plans for the newly released Maine Won't Wait and lessons learned from the climate planning process.
Maria Redmond and Wenona Wolf
Climate Action in Wisconsin! Transforming the Cheese State to Being More Sustainable and More Equitable
Recognizing the importance of addressing climate change, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes committed to making Wisconsin a champion in innovative, inclusive, and forward-leaning actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change, achieve environmental justice, and create economic opportunity. In late 2019, Governor Evers created the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and charged Lt Governor Barnes with leading the work of the task force. Over the course of a year, the diverse, bipartisan coalition of task force members developed 55 climate solutions that span 9 sectors. Led by science and prioritizing environmental justice and community voice, the task force’s recommendations lay the foundation for the state to better adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, while also seeking economic opportunities in renewable energy and conservation.
This presentation was led by Maria Redmond, Director of Wisconsin’s Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Lieutenant Governor Barnes. Both co-managed the work of the task force.
Hannah Pingree was appointed as Director to lead Governor Mills' Office of Policy Innovation and the Future in January 2019. Hannah previously served as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. She also served as the Maine House Majority Leader, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during her terms in Maine Legislature from 2002 - 2010. Hannah spearheaded successful legislation on energy, broadband, housing, environmental health, and health care during her time in office. Hannah has worked for a technology start-up in New York City; managed several family small businesses; led the development of rural housing, energy efficiency, and eldercare projects for a coalition of community non-profits; chaired her local school board; and served on numerous state and community non-profit boards.
Cassaundra Rose is a Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Cassaundra managed a policy and communications program for the American Geosciences Institute between 2015 and 2019, where she connected the geoscience community with policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels to support science-based decision making on issues related to climate, energy, water, mineral resources, and natural hazards. Cassaundra has more than ten years of academic climate research experience, with expertise in long-term shifts in terrestrial and oceanographic environments and their variability. She holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University.
Maria Redmond serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and has worked for the State of Wisconsin for 20 years. Maria is accountable for planning, administration and oversight of statewide energy programs and policies. In addition to helping with the development and implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, Maria is leading the development of a comprehensive statewide clean energy plan. The plan is centered on environmental justice, and will create a pathway to multi-sector deep decarbonization and a bustling clean energy economy that supports a diverse workforce and technology innovation.
Wenona Wolf is a citizen of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Wisconsin Lt Governor Mandela Barnes. She works closely with the Lt Governor on climate issues and helps manage the work of the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.
Previously, Wolf served as the Communication and Development Director for Kids Forward and worked in government relations for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.
Wolf has also served as the Board President for Community Shares of Wisconsin and served on the boards of We Are Healers, the Bayview Foundation, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Wisconsin Women’s Network, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Wolf was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise as a 40 Under 40 Award recipient and has also been honored by the Native American Journalists Association, Brava Magazine, The Business Forum Madison, and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Part 1: Introduction: Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenters: Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and Cassaundra Rose, PhD, Senior Science Analyst & Climate Council Coordinator, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
Part 2: Presenters: Maria Redmond, Director, Wisconsin's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and Wenona Wolf, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director, Office of Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
Part 3: Questions & Answers
Held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Barbara Poage, Oregon Department of State Lands [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
- Jessica Lewis, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]
Expanding prevalence of drone technology presents an opportunity for wetland managers. Drones can support wetland program monitoring and assessment activities and regulatory work, however the technology has limitations and barriers to implementation. In this webinar presenters introduced participants to drone capabilities; opportunities and limitations in utilizing drones to support wetland programs; and perspective on what goes into establishing a drone program.
Barbara Poage a hydrogeologist with 20+ years in environmental and hydrologic consulting, State of Oregon water rights and Clean Water Act 404 Assumption oversight, Barbara has a passion for life-long learning. She has a B.S. in Geology from University of Idaho and a Masters in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. In 2009, Barbara decided to learn to fly and certificated in airplane single engine-land, then went on to fly and judge aerobatics, adding endorsements and her instrument rating. She has flown many missions for Sky Search and Rescue and was voted “Volunteer of the Year” in 2018 from her local Search and Rescue team. Her passion for flying centers around any vintage aircraft and especially warbirds, and she owns a 1946 Stinson 108 airplane. Barbara began flying drones in 2016 as a hobby, then became a FAA Part 107-certified sUAS operator and established a drone consulting business. Barbara owns four drones, preferring the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter and her newest “pocket” drone, the DJI Mavic Mini Quadcopter. She has flown drones in Search & Rescue operations, for real estate transactions, in home evaluation, and for travel promotions.
Jessica Lewis serves the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as an Environmental Scientist in the Office of Environmental Protection. She is the program lead for the tribal Wetlands Program and several other environmental programs. Jess has been an FAA licensed drone pilot for 3 years and uses aerial photography for many program areas including wetland identification, mapping, and evaluation.
Part 1: Introduction: William Dooley, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Barbara Poage, Oregon Department of State Lands
Part 2: Presenter: Jessica Lewis, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Part 3: Questions & Answers
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