ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Webinar 4: Wetlands Ecology for Planners - Examples of Variation Across the United States

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:00-5:00 pm ET; 2:00 pm CT; 1:00 pm MT; 12:00 pm PT


  • Doug Norris, Wetland Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Andy Robertson, Executive Director, Geospatial Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota


This is the fourth webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar will begin with a presentation on the variability in wetlands across the country, including how specific wetland functions and services vary by wetland type. The webinar will review these functions and services, which include wildlife habitat, flood attenuation, water quality improvement, recreational opportunities and more. The webinar will then move to a second presentation on wetland benefits and their impact on other resources at the watershed scale.  This topic will be explored through three cases examining how climatic fluctuation, flooding and water quality are impacted by the presence and/or absence of wetlands (wetland loss/wetland restoration). Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of variability of wetlands and their associated functions and services nationwide, as well as how wetland loss and wetland restoration can have impacts at the watershed scale. 


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). 

Andy Robertson is currently Executive Director of GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In this role, Andy is responsible for oversight and management of all GeoSpatial Services projects, activities and staff. GeoSpatial Services is engaged in a wide variety of projects across the Lower 48 and Alaska including: wetland inventory; National Hydrography Dataset updates; spatial data development; and, natural resource condition assessments. Andy earned a Forest Technology Diploma from Sault College of Applied Technology in Ontario, Canada, a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo and completed postgraduate work in forest management at the University of Toronto. GeoSpatial Services has been a key partner of the USFWS and has been working for over 15 years to update legacy National Wetland Inventory data across the nation. Andy is a steering committee member for the ASWM Wetland Mapping Consortium and is co-chair of the Alaska GeoSpatial Council Wetland Technical Working Group. 

A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for these webinars. 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.


Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered landscapes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm ET


  • Ray Norrgard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Rich Weber, NRCS retired
  • Mike McClure, Missouri Department of Conservation

Past ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar

Information on the ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series