Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member Webinar

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members.  ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members.  If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

For more information about this webinar series, please contact Laura Burchill at  or (207) 892-3399.

Future Members' Webinar Schedule

ASWM Members webinars are generally held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless the date and time needs to be adjusted for when the presenter(s) is available.

If you haven’t used Go To Webinar before or you just need a refresher, please view our guide prior to the webinar here.

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 planned future webinars to give you an idea of what we’re working on. Topics and dates are subject to change.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Ohio’s VIBI-FQ: An Innovative Tool for Monitoring Natural and Mitigation Wetlands


Brian Gara, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


This webinar will focus on the “Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity – Floristic Quality” (VIBI-FQ) as a tool for monitoring natural and mitigation wetlands in Ohio. This assessment methodology represents a streamlined approach for evaluating the diversity and sensitivity of the plant community. The development of the VIBI-FQ occurred over the course of many years.  Ohio EPA shares that it’s development was only made possible “by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Ohio EPA has thoroughly tested this procedure using our historical database of several hundred reference wetlands located throughout the state, as well as a random selection of 50 wetlands monitored as part of the Ohio Intensification of the National Wetland Condition Assessment. Several case studies demonstrating the utility of the VIBI-FQ  as a tool for determining the ecological success of wetland restoration projects will be discussed, including those associated with brownfield remediation, 401/404 mitigation, and 319 funding.


Brian Gara is a Wetland Ecologist with the Ohio EPA, specializing in the study of native hydrophytic plants and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to enhance the quantity and quality of Ohio's wetland resources. He has worked on numerous research projects to better understand these important aquatic resources. Some past studies include: a detailed statewide assessment of the  ecological condition of Ohio’s remaining wetland resources, the development of a GIS application to identify potential high quality vernal pool restoration sites, and the integration of wetland assessment into the total maximum daily load (TMDL) process. He graduated with a BA in Art and Biology from Bluffton College (1985), an MS in Botany from Ohio University (1987), and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Environmental Science (1995).

Members' Wetland Webinar Series

There is no charge for current members. To register, click here.


ASWM Members' Wetland Webinar SeriesIf you would like to register for this and future ASWM Member Webinars and are not a current member, please click on “Join ASWM”. After receiving your membership payment you will be sent a confirmation email and you can return to this page to register.

If you would like to participate in the webinar but believe there is not enough time to join and register, please contact Laura at or call 207-892-3399.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Legal Processes for Wetland Permits


Janet Brooks, Esq


This webinar will train wetland managers and other interested wetland professionals on key considerations and procedural steps for wetland managers to think about when reviewing permits for impacts to wetlands.  This is a foundation-building webinar, providing useful information about how to justify permit review decisions and avoid legal pitfalls.  This webinar will be especially useful for those new to wetland permitting and offer a refresher for those who have more experience in permitting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

State Integration Practices Panel: Stormwater, TMDL and Wetland Management

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

State Integration Practices Panel: Floodplains, Hazard and Wetland Management

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