Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member WebinarThe 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.

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

Using Beaver as a Wetland Restoration Tool:  Restoration Lessons Learned and an Introduction to the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT) – Joe Wheaton, Assistant 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 Assistant 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. 

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