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2015 [2014, 2013, 2012] 

Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool: Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern

Presenter – Joe Wheaton, Associate Professor and Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab Director at Utah State University

Webinar Description: This webinar will introduce the topic of reintroducing beaver to assist in wetland restoration and provide multiple benefits, including groundwater storage, fisheries habitat and wildfire suppression. The webinar will focus on beaver reintroduction in the Montane West, but will have broader applicability.

The presentation will cover the historical role of beaver in maintaining water resources, how the loss of beaver has affected these resources and how their reintroduction can provide a range of ecosystem services, including the restoration of wetlands and their associated benefits. However, the introduction of beaver can be problematic in many locations and for many reasons. The second half of the presentation will cover the importance of careful site selection and the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT), a tool developed at Utah State University to assess potential locations for beaver reintroduction using science-based siting variables.

Joe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over a decade of experience in river restoration, including working with beaver in restoration. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab at Utah State U. and is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He is the co-director of the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation & Restoration. He worked four years in consulting engineering before completing his B.S. in Hydrology (2003, UC Davis), M.S. and Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences (2003, UC Davis; 2008, U. of Southampton, UK). He has worked as a lecturer (U. of Wales 2006-08), Research Assistant Professor (Idaho State U. 2008-09) and is an Assistant Professor at Utah State U. (2009-present) where he teaches GIS, Fluvial Hydraulics and Ecohydraulics. 

American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT      

Introduction Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers and Kathleen Kutschenreuter, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Webinar Overview: Have you ever wondered what role a specific wetland plays in the international scheme of things? Does it have international significance? What can be done to protect and promote its unique contributions?

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The convention is named after its place of signing in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention has historically focused on protecting wetlands for waterfowl. However, Ramsar’s scope has expanded in recent years to focus more broadly on wetlands of “specific and irreplaceable global value.”

This webinar will provide an overview of Ramsar, the upcoming Ramsar Conference of Contracting Parties, what it means to become a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, the process to apply for designation, and the benefits of becoming a designated Ramsar site in the United States and Canada. Agencies will explain the roles their staff play to support implementation of the Ramsar Convention; site managers will share their experiences being a designated Wetland of International Importance; and education center staff will describe the range of activities that occur at their sites. Come join us to learn about the latest efforts to increase the number of Ramsar site designations and strengthen Ramsar implementation in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

Presenters will include Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, Chief of Biodiversity, U.S. Department of State; Roy C. Gardner, Chair, Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel; William J. Mitsch, Chair, US National Ramsar Committee; Chris Rostron, Head, Wetlands Link International/Member, Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel; Lind Friar, Chief of Public Affiars, Everglades National Park, Florida; Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Center Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba.


Part 1: Introduction: Kathleen
Kutschenreuter, Office of
Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds,
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and Jeanne Christie,
Executive Director, Association
of State Wetland Managers
      Part 2: Barbara De Rosa-Joynt,
Chief of Biodiversity, U.S.
Department of State
      Part 3: Royal C. Gardner, Chair,
Ramsar Scientific and Technical
Review Panel
Part 4: William J. Mitsch, Chair,
US National Ramsar Committee
      Part 5: Chris Rostron, Head,
Wetlands Link
International/Member, Ramsar
CEPA Oversight Panel
      Part 6: Lind Friar, Chief of Public
Affairs, Everglades National Park,
Part 7: Nathalie Bays, Manager
of Interpretive Center
Operations, Oak Hammock
Marsh, Manitoba
      Part 8: Questions/Answers        



There was no webinar for August. Thank you.

Wetland Link International North America Webinar II: Best Practice in Designing, Building and Operation of Wetland Education Centers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT  

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

Handbook on Best Practices for the Planning, Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres

If you work in wetland education or you are interested in developing or improving a wetland center, theWetland 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.

Webinar Agenda

1:00 – 1:10 pm       Welcome an Introduction to the Webinar, Brenda Zollitsch, ASWM        
1:10 – 1:30 pm       Summary of the Development of the Wetland Centre Handbook, Chris Rostron, WLI/Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh                  
1:30 – 1:50 pm       Master Planning for Wetland Centers, Marie Banks, WWT Consulting      
1:50 – 2:10 pm       Running Programs at Wetland Centers, Katelin Frase, Environmental Concern      
2:10 – 2:30 pm       Financial Planning and Resourcing, Mathalie bays, Oak Hammock Marsh      
2:30 – 3:00 pm      

Discussion on Best Practices in Planning and Management of Wetland Centers

Do we need a North America-specific Version of the Handbook?

Access to the Handbook – Web-based?  Hard copy?

Other questions

3:00 pm       Webinar ends      



Brenda Zollitsch,
Policy Analyst, ASWM
Session 1:
Chris Rostron,
WLI/Nathalie Bays, 
Oak Hammock Marsh
  Session 2: Marie Banks, 
WWT Consulting
Session 3: Katelin Frase, 
Environmental Concern
      Session 4: Nathalie Bays, 
Oak Hammock Marsh
  Session 5: Questions and 













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

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT    

Introduction - Marla Stelk, ASWM

Presenter Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Policy Analyst, ASWM

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Policy Analyst, ASWMThis 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.


Part 1: Introduction:
Marla Stelk, ASWM
Presenter: Brenda
Zollitsch, PhD, Policy
Analyst, ASWM
  Part 2: Brenda Zollitsch,
PhD, Policy Analyst,
  Part 3: Brenda Zollitsch, 
PhD, Policy Analyst, 
Part 4: Brenda Zollitsch, 
PhD, Policy Analyst, 
  Part 5: Questions/



















Designing Wetlands for Rare Amphibians

In celebration of American Wetlands Month the May Members’ Webinar is available to both members and nonmembers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST     

Presenter  Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

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 hereYou may contact him at tombiebighauser@gmail.com

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3  
Part 4   Part 5      














 Coastal Blue Carbon - What's all the Fuss About?

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 

  • The voluntary carbon markets
  • The carbon storage and sequestration potential of tidal wetlands
  • Current coastal blue carbon activities in the U.S. and globally, emphasis on the U.S.
  • Application of coastal blue carbon to restoration and conservation
  • How to get involved
  • Future directions and next steps
Part 1: Introduction &
Steve Emmett-Mattox
        Part 2: Steve
          Part 3: Questions &








Water Quality Standards for Wetlands

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. EST  

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" availablehere. 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:

  • summarize the project
  • review the typical framework for the development of water quality standards,
  • describe how these can be applied to address wetlands and
  • explore how the recently completed document and other resources available can be used by states and tribes to aid in development of water quality standards for wetlands.
Part 1: Introduction - Jeanne
Christie, ASWM; 
Why Water Quality
Standards for Wetlands -
Jennifer Linn, U.S. EPA
        Part 2: Wetland Water
Quality Standards for States
- Jon Kusler, ASWM
        Part 3: Questions & Answers  

National Wetland Plant List

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. EST

 Presenter Dr. Bob Lichvar of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Part 1: Introduction &
National Wetland Plant
        Part 2: Wetland Plant List
          Part 3: Questions & Answers

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