2019 State Tribal Federal Coordination Meeting

 Building Wetland Program Capacity
in an
Everchanging Environment


Tuesday, April 7-Thursday, April 9, 2020


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National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
Shepherdstown, WV


The purpose of this annual meeting is to support state and tribal wetland program managers, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. Changes proposed to Clean Water Act jurisdiction anticipate a larger role for states and tribes in protecting state/tribal waters. These changes will require states and tribes to re-evaluate their respective programs for protecting water resources, specifically state/tribal dredge and fill programs. This could also lead to an increased interest in Section 404 State/Tribal Assumption, as well as require consideration of new legislation in many states that lack the authority to issue dredge and fill permits. Reduced federal or state jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will also change the relationship between state wetland programs and other federal programs such as the Endangered Species Act, the Oil Pollution Control Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and floodplain management programs.


Changes in water resource programs should be grounded in sound science, smart policies, and integrated decision-making. New initiatives will require outreach about the benefits and challenges of proposed program changes with partners and the public on many levels. To meet these needs, presentations and discussions during this year’s three-day meeting cover a range of topical issues.


Ecosystem Investment Partners Insignia Environmental

           Blue Heron Sponsor                                    Kingfisher Sponsor


Please click here for draft agenda. (Updated 2/24/20)

Field Trip Information

Join us Thursday afternoon to relax, recharge and reconnect with wetlands as we venture into the field to visit two nearby sites of interest. With guided tours from local experts, the field trip will provide participants the opportunity to experience and learn about the unglaciated marl fen, a unique and globally rare wetland type in North America, and see firsthand a successful restoration site as well as a site under consideration for restoration.

Participants will be provided a boxed lunch and transportation to and from the sites. The field trip will depart from the NCTC at 1:00 PM and return at 5:00 PM. Individuals that would like to drive themselves to the sites and leave directly from the field trip will be able to do so but will still need to register. To learn more about the wetland sites and speakers please click here.

Daily Schedule

: Standard Registration Rates (Through February 29, 2020)


  • All sessions, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks
  • Tuesday evening reception
  • Wednesday evening bonfire

Registration Rates


Please note: Lodging rates are not included in the registration fee. View rates here.

Please contact the NCTC to make your lodging reservations at 304-876-7900 or 877-706-6282.

Refer to the Association of State Wetland Managers Coordination Meeting.


Scholarship Assistance Available

A limited amount of money is available for scholarships to assist those in need to cover registration, room & board, and/or travel expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 per person to attend ASWM's Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting. Our intent is to support as many people as possible with the limited amount of funding that we have. If you are able to pay for some of your expenses, that will enable more of our colleagues to attend. Deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, go here.

Be a part of this great event – commit to being a sponsor today!

Sponsor Benefits: Sponsors will be able to attend and interact with meeting participants throughout the three-day meeting. All sponsors get their logo prominent on all meeting materials and the option to have a display table at meeting. Sponsor logos will appear on the Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting event website, meeting program and conference communications. Learn more here.

Meeting Materials

Please check back. 

The National Conservation Training Center

698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: 877-706-6282 or 304-876-7900

Room Rates

Single Occupancy: $146.00 per night + 15 per night Sustainability Fee. This includes all meals. The Total is $161.00 per night. 



The National Conservation Training Center, or frequently referred to as NCTC, is located just 60 miles or just over 1 hour outside the Washington DC metropolitan beltway. They are part of the Shepherdstown, West Virginia community also known for the nearby state university just down the road. They are located closest to the Washington Dulles International Airport, but many customers also use Baltimore/Washington International and Reagan National (DC) Airport. For directions, visit their website here.

Directions to NCTC ~ Maps ~ Shuttle Service ~ Facilities

Directions to NCTC

Includes directions from:

Washington Dulles Airport

Reagan National Airport

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

From Martinsburg, WV

Driving Directions

Area Maps

Map of major highways for MD/WV/VA/DC

Map of major roadways of the Eastern Panhandle of WV

Road map of Shepherdstown, WV

Campus Maps

Accessibility Map: full color map of the campus including Handicapped Accessible routes, depictions of elevators and TTY phones.

Campus Maps: full color map of the campus

Historic Trails: West Virginia is full of historic trails and buildings. This is a brochure that highlights some of these sites of local interest.

Google Maps: Mapping websites have a difficult time locating NCTC using their mailing address. However, Google Maps will show you how to get to the NCTC entrance via 100 Col Shepherd Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, USA.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is available only from the Dulles International Airport in Sterling, VA on Sundays and Fridays. For information, click here.

Information on NCTC Facilities (Dining, Day Care, Service, etc.)

Commuter Information

If you are interested in sharing a ride to the meeting from an airport location or as a commuter, please click here to sign up for a carpool. You may add your vehicle or join a car. You can also sign up to be on a waitlist.


Other Lodging

Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Clarion Hotel
233 Lowe Drive
Shepherdstown, WV, 25443

Quality Inn
70 Maddex Square Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

255 Silver Spring Road
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Thomas Shepherd Inn
300 West German St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Things to Do in ShepherdstownBridge

Shepherdstown Visitors Center

Jefferson County WV Chamber of Commerce

Berkeley County WV Chamber of Commerce

Calendar of Events

For more local activities, visit the Friends of NCTC website.

Recreation, Entertainment, Attractions

Antiques and Flea Markets

Cress Creek Country Club

Morgan's Grove Park

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Shepherdstown Music and Dance

The Shepherdstown Opera House

Upper Potomac Music Weekends


Yankauer Nature Preserve

Washington Heritage Trail

For a complete list of things to do in Shepherdstown, click here.

Contact Information


Brenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
(207) 892-3399;

Marla Stelk, Executive Director
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
(207) 892-3399;

General Information

Laura Burchill, Office Manager
Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
32 Tandberg Trail, Suite 2A, Windham, ME 04062
(207) 892-3399; Fax: (207) 894-7992;