Future Webinars: Improving Wetland Restoration Success Project

The Association of State Wetland Managers is busy working on confirmation of webinar topics and presenters for 2016. Below you will find a draft list of future webinars to give you an idea of what we’re working on. Topics and dates are subject to change.

September 2016


Not Lost in Translation: How to Select the Right Wetland Restoration Team

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET


  • Lisa Cowan, PLA, ASLA, Principle, Studioverde
  • John Bourgeois, Executive Project Manager, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
  • Matt Schweisberg, Principal, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC


Wetland restoration has a spotty history of success. There are numerous reasons that restoration projects fail to achieve their full range of objectives. From initial planning to design to construction to follow-up monitoring, there are several junctures where things may not go smoothly. In fact, there are key points where projects may deteriorate or fall apart. One principal reason can be the team working on the project. Have you wondered about the expertise and capabilities necessary to make a wetland restoration team operate effectively, efficiently, and successfully? We have too. Join our group of experts to learn about the various ingredients that are needed to form a top-notch wetland restoration team. This webinar will include a thorough discussion of the potential skill sets to include in your team. The discussion will cover key professional expertise, important personality traits, and requisite communication abilities. 


Lisa Cowan, is Principal at Studioverde - a collaborative of landscape architects and practitioners specializing in ecological restoration, sustainable design and Sustainable Sites Initiative certification.  Lisa’s work exemplifies a lifelong interest in the restoration of natural systems and community engagement in the natural world.  She has expertise in design and construction plans, low impact construction methodologies and monitoring and was the lead landscape architect on over 30 successful wetland and riparian restoration projects.  Lisa’s work in wetland restoration and creation was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine in 2015. Lisa teamed with Marla Stelk, ASWM on a talk about wetland restoration and role of landscape architects as an integrated team member at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
John Bourgeois became Executive Project Manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project in December 2009.  John brings over 18 years of experience working on large scale wetland restoration issues to the Project.  For the previous 12 years, he worked as a restoration ecologist with the Bay Area ecological consulting firm H. T. Harvey & Associates where he worked on numerous closely related San Francisco Bay wetlands projects. Prior to coming to California, John worked on wetland issues at the USGS National Wetland Research Center, the Coastal Restoration Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.  John has a M.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a B.S. from Tulane University.   He currently lives in Los Gatos with his wife Susan, where he is very active in his community having served on the planning commission and other committees for over 10 years. 

Matt Schweisberg () is the principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC, where he provides policy, regulatory and technical advice and assistance for clients seeking to navigate a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory issues related to wetlands and other aquatic resources. He works throughout the U.S. Matt is a Professional Wetland Scientist under the Professional Certification Program of the Society of Wetland Scientists. He is a retired federal wetlands ecologist and wildlife biologist who spent over 32 years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency at its HQ office in Washington, D.C. and New England Region office in Boston. Matt served as Chief of the New England Region’s Wetlands Protection Program and Senior Wetland Ecologist, and on national work groups developing guidance and regulations on Clean Water Act jurisdiction. He has testified before federal grand juries and served several times as an expert witness in federal, state, and private litigation. He co-instructs a week-long intensive course on wetland identification and delineation at the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine, and has taught courses in wetland regulation, restoration and creation, wetland ecology, and wetland identification and delineation for federal and state agencies, academic organizations, and environmental consultants. He received his degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine.

Long-term Management & Legal Protections for Voluntary Restoration

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET


  • Ellen Fred, Esq., Conservation Partners
  • Ted LaGrange, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
  • Jeff Williams, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Andrew James, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

More information and registration will be available soon. Please check back.

Final draft report: A National Strategy for Improving Wetlands Restoration Outcomes

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


  • Marla Stelk, Policy Analysis, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Others TBD

More information and registration will be available soon. Please check back.

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