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Wetlands by Design: A watershed approach for Wisconsin 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

PRESENTERS

Tom Bernthal, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Nick Miller, The Nature Conservancy

ABSTRACT

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy created a decision support tool that ranks wetland preservation and restoration opportunities for all of Wisconsin’s watersheds based on potential to abate floods, purify water, protect shorelines, maintain streamflow, store carbon, and provide habitat. Wetlands by Design provides a Level 1 GIS analysis, was field validated in the Milwaukee River Basin, and aims to support many users with diverse goals (regulatory/mitigation programs, outdoor enthusiasts, municipalities working to abate floods, etc.). We will discuss context and approach, show online mapping tool results, and look forward to a great conversation and feedback.

BIOS

Tom Bernthal is the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He has worked with many colleagues to develop wetland monitoring and assessment methods at a wide variety of scales and settings, from intensive site monitoring in the field to GIS-based, watershed scale wetland assessment, as well as the mapping of wetlands and potentially restorable wetlands. He has an MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nick Miller as science director for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, Nick brings science to conservation policy, strategies, and tools through ecological planning, monitoring, and collaboration. He’s currently focusing on ecosystem service assessments to drive wetland and watershed conservation, the development of biodiversity-based indicators of ecological condition for forest management, and exploring roles for natural infrastructure in water resource programs. Nick has a MS in wetland ecology from the University of Rhode Island and a BS in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 


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