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.

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.


Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds: Helping States and Tribes Develop Watershed-level Wetland Projects and Integrated Programs

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 3:00-4:30- pm Eastern


  • Marla Stelk, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Starsha Schiller, Intern, Association of State Wetland Managers


Complex watershed problems can seldom be addressed in their entirety by one agency or organization. Collaboration among multiple parties is required to make meaningful progress and capitalize on shared resources. In February 2019, the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) completed a two-year study of integration efforts involving wetlands at the watershed project and state programmatic levels. This webinar will present key findings around common barriers to integration, opportunities to overcome them, potential factors of success and lessons learned. Findings from the analysis of sixteen integration case studies will be shared, focusing on motivations for integration and commonalities among successful efforts. Information will be targeted to state and tribal wetland managers and their (existing or potential) integration partners, providing practical, transferable examples of integration in action. The webinar will discuss common barriers and strategies to overcome them, including the use of research-based measures and metrics to document the value of integration.


Marla Stelk, ASWMMarla Stelk is Executive Director of the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). She was Assistant Director at ASWM from April 2018 – September 2018 and was a Policy Analyst at ASWM for five years prior. Marla has led research at ASWM on topics such as ecosystem service valuation for wetland restoration, the role of wetlands in floodplain and natural hazard management, wetlands and watershed health, wetland mapping and communications. She is also the Editor of Wetland Breaking News. Marla has a strong professional background in environmental issues, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, fundraising and communications. She has worked for a variety of environmental and social nonprofit organizations for over 20 years, helping to build organizational capacity, manage projects and improve internal processes. Marla earned her MA in Community Planning and Development with a focus on Land Use and the Environment at the Muskie School of Public Service and her BA in Environmental Issues from Colorado College.

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, ASWMBrenda Zollitsch, PhD is Senior Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers, leading ASWM’s research on wetland and stream issues. She has been the PI on an ongoing multi-year project exploring ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of state and tribal permitting of oil and gas pipeline project and has led the development of state integration studies for ASWM’s Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds, among many other projects. In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service teaching courses in public policy. She also assists water resource collaborations as a strategic planner and professional facilitator. Brenda holds her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and a double Masters’ degree in International Relations and Environmental Resource Management from Boston University.

Starsha Schiller, ASWMStarsha Schiller is a Policy Intern at the Association of State Wetland Managers and has been engaged in working on the Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds Project with ASWM’s staff.  Starsha is graduating with her Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine in May 2019.  She comes to ASWM with a strong analytical background, as well as extensive experience working with nonprofits, communications, fundraising, marketing, event planning and production, youth programming and community organizing.


Members' Wetland Webinar SeriesThere is no charge for current members. Please click on "Current Members Register Here" to register.

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.


A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this Webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.

 To view Past Members' Wetland Webinars:

Members You must be logged in.

Nonmembers To view recent Members' Webinars, please join ASWM.

To view 2012 webinars (publicly available), click here