Wetland Link InternationalWetland Link International North America

October 29, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. ET

The Association of State Wetland Managers is a member of Ramsar U.S. Partnering with Wetland Link International to provide an opportunity for wetland education and interpretive centers in North America, we presented this webinar as a multi-national venue for sharing information and collaborating on issues of common concern. The webinar provided an opportunity to learn about wetland center activities in North America, discuss effective approaches, and think about building a Wetland Center Network in North America through Wetland Link International (WLI). This was a great chance to bring a broad range of people on wetland education and interpretation together. To review the agenda, please go here. For more information about Wetland Link International, please click here.

This webinar features presenters and participants from Canada, United States and United Kingdom, including educators, state wetland program staff, consultants, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers and Christ Rostron, WLI Global

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Part 2: Presenter: Sandra Hails, CEPA Manager, Ramsar Secretariat

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Part 3: Presenter: Cully Shelton, International Crane Foundation

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Part 4: Presenter: Suzanne Pittenger-Slear, Environmental Concern

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Part 5: Presenter: Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh

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Part 6: Presenter: Kris Scopinich, Massachusetts Audubon Society

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Part 7: Questions & Answers

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Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District: What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On June 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that is likely to be a significant property rights ruling. The 5-4 ruling expanded the application of "essential nexus" and "rough proportionality" from the earlier Nollan and Dolan decisions. It extended these tests to permit conditions requiring monetary payments — with no express limitation except as to taxes. This is a complicated case that is likely to be extremely challenging for government agencies, the public and the courts to interpret and apply. The Association of State Wetland Managers is hosting a 2-hour webinar with four expert lawyers to provide an overview of the decision and explore its potential implications for state, local and federal decision-making. There are three questions that will be addressed during the webinar: 1) What does the decision say and what does it mean? 2) What actions or changes in program decision-making, permitting, planning, etc. should local, state and federal governments consider pursuing as a result of the decision? and 3) In light of Koonz and other recent Supreme Court decisions, is there a shift in takings law and, if so, what does that mean for state and local government?

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Introduction Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

  1. First Question: What does the decision say and what does it mean? Royal C. Gardner, Stetson University College of Law and Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Federation

    Reaction and Discussion; Jon Kusler, Dan Siegel, Jan Goldman-Carter and Roy Gardner (20 minutes)
  2. Second Question: What action or changes in program decision-making, permitting, planning, etc. should local, state and federal governments consider pursuing as a result of the decision? Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers

    Reaction and Discussion; Dan Siegel, Jan Goldman-Carter Roy Gardner and Jon Kusler
  3. Third Question: In light of Koonz and other recent Supreme Court decisions, is there a shift in takings law and, if so, what does that mean for state and local government? Dan Siegel, Attorney General's Office, California

    Reaction: Jan Goldman-Carter Roy Gardner, Jon Kusler and Dan Siegel

    Closing Comments

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Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Royal C. Gardner, Stetson University College of Law

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Part 2: Presenters: Royal C. Gardner, Stetson University College of Law and Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Federation

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Part 3: Presenter: Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 4: Presenter: Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 5: Presenter: Dan Siegel, Attorney General's Office, California

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Part 6: Closing Comments

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Building Wetlands for Rare Species of Amphibians

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

Introduction – Jeanne Christie, ASWM

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Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest ServiceTom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

ABSTRACT

Designing Wetlands for Rare Amphibians

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.

BIO

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 2
011. Photos showing some of the wetlands he has built are available for viewing here. You may contact him at

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Part 1: Introduction – Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

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Part 2: Presenter: Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

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Part 3: Presenter: Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

Part 1: Introduction: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

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Part 4: Presenter: Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service

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Part 5: Questions/Answers

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