Past 2018 ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed at the Landscape Scale

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 3pm ET




This second webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series begins with an overview of where wetlands can occur in landscapes. Next, the webinar will explore the three key considerations with wetlands – hydrology, geology (soils), and vegetation. The presenters will cover the importance of hydrology for wetlands, including temporal changes and the importance of time scale, the soil-water relationship and parent/source materials when looking at hydric soils, as well as kinds of wetland plants and what plant patterns tell you about how water runs off the land and the wetland itself. This webinar will also cover influences from specific living resources, how different land uses affect wetlands (with a focus on agricultural land use), and how wetlands are a reflection of their surrounding landscape and watershed. The webinar will conclude with discussion on how wetlands change over time and tools that can be used to understand these changes. Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of patterns on the landscape, how to identify wetlands at the watershed and field level and prepare to look at individual wetland sites.


Kendra Moseley is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Quality Assurance Specialist focused on the development of ecological site concepts and ecological site descriptions. Her area of responsibility is from Alaska, the Pacific NW, California, Nevada, and down to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands Area. She works to ensure  that all ecological site work being conducted in relation to the NRCS, including all agency projects, interagency MOUs, contract agreements, and research projects meet the existing NRCS National standards, policies, and guidelines. Kendra has been involved in the development of many of the national standards and guidelines that currently exist related to the development of ecological site concepts and site descriptions.  Kendra holds both her Master of Science in Restoration Ecology and her Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of Idaho.

Lenore Vasilas is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist on the Soil Science Division Technical Soil Services Staff. She has been a soil scientist for NRCS for 28 years working for the first 7 years on soil survey and the rest of her career in various positions, concentrating on hydric soils issues. She has been a member of the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils for 20 years and is the current chair of the committee.

Stacey Clark is a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Ecologist.  Stacey has been an ecologist for NRCS since 2011.  From 2008-2011, she served as a plant ecologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to this, she worked as a Forestry Technician with the U.S. Forest Service.  Stacey holds a Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and Zoology from Michigan State University.

Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3pm ET


  • Jeanne Christie, Executive Director, Association of State Wetland Mangers
  • Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers 
    [PowerPoint Presentation]



This first webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed nine-part wetland training webinar series provided an introduction to wetlands. The webinar started with introducing the primary components of a wetland, moving on to what makes wetlands distinctive from other types of waters and land. Next, the webinar covered the variability of wetlands across the landscape, including across seasons and time and the benefits of wetlands. The training concluded with a discussion of the history of and changes in agriculture policy in relation to wetland losses and gains. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe what a wetland is and be able to explain to others the value of wetlands.


Mary Manning is the Regional Vegetation Ecologist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, in Missoula, MT.  She focuses on vegetation classification, assessment, inventory and monitoring, primarily in shrubland, grassland and riparian/wetland vegetation. She also works on climate change related assessments and forest plan revision. 

Doug Norris is the Wetlands Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include wetland policy development, providing technical assistance on wetlands, developing wetlands-related data such as updated National Wetland Inventory maps and wetland status and trend data, and administering the DNR’s regulatory responsibilities for calcareous fens. Doug held previous positions with the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University (B.S. -Wildlife) and from the University of Missouri (M.S. - Fisheries and Wildlife).

Karen Fullen is the Ecologist and environmental compliance specialist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service West Region. A native of Fresno, California, Karen started her NRCS career in the Field Office there in 1992 in the student employment programs. After obtaining an A.S. degree in Forest/Park Technology from Kings River Community College and a B.S. in Biology with an Ecology emphasis from Fresno State in 1997, Karen became a Soil Conservationist for the Fresno Field Office. From 1999-2004, she was the Wetland Team Biologist working out of the Elk Grove Field Office to provide wetland compliance and restoration assistance across a large swath of interior northern California. Prior to joining the West National Technology Support Center Core Team in 2014, Karen Fullen served as the State Biologist and Environmental Compliance Specialist for Idaho and Utah over a period of 10 years.


Part 1A: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Executive
Director, Association of State Wetland Mangers; and
Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State
Wetland Managers 
  Part 1B: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Executive
Director, Association of State Wetland Mangers; and
Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State
Wetland Managers 
Part 1C: Presenter: Mary Manning, US Forest
  Part 1D: Presenter: Doug Norris, Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources
Part 1E: Presenter: Karen Fullen, USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service


Future ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinars

Information on the ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series