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The Compleat Wetlander: Celebrate American Wetlands Month – Send Us Your Wetland Photos

This May is the 23rd anniversary of American Wetlands Month.  American Wetlands Month is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of wetlands to the Nation’s ecological, economic, and social health.  This year ASWM is celebrating with a focus on wetland restoration.  As our collective knowledge on how to carry out successful wetland restoration projects has increased, so has our ability to apply it to solve identified problems. Increasingly wetland restoration is becoming a tool not only for bringing back lost wetlands, but for managing and increasing wildlife populations, reducing flood heights, protecting water quality, mitigating climate change and providing important recreation and economic opportunities.  In the future we can look forward to exploring new ways to leverage wetland restoration to solve threats to human health and safety, wildlife, sustainable agriculture and a host of other challenges.  Please join us in celebrating American Wetlands Month.

It is also a great time of year to get outside to explore wetlands.

On our home page the Association of State Wetland Managers has started posting wetland pictures for each season. We currently have winter and spring. Next week we’ll add summer and then fall and then the grand finale combining all the wetland pictures together.  We invite you to send us a wetland picture to add to our slide show.  Please send your pictures to and make sure we know how you would like the photo credited.

As part of our American Wetlands Month celebration, you are invited to join us for two webinars

May 21 at 2:00 p.m. eastern: Please join us for a webinar on State and Regional Wetland Restoration Strategies presented by Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers and Matt Meersman, Friends of the St. Joe River Association. To register, click here.

May 29 at 3:00 p.m. eastern: Please join us–both members and nonmembers–for our American Wetlands Month Members’ webinar: Designing Wetlands for Rare Amphibians – presented by Tom Biebighauser, U.S. Forest Service. To register, click here.

Other Activities underway with the Association of State Wetland Managers  to celebrate American Wetlands Month include:

May 9 is the National Wetlands Awards Ceremony and Peg Bostwick, our Senior Staff Policy Analyst will be participating.  She will be joining Doug Norris of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources who was our nominee and is being recognized as the winner of the State, Tribal and Local Program Development National Wetland Awards.  For more information about Doug, click here and information about other awardees can be found here.

May, 17-20 River Rally 2013 will be held at Union Station in St. Louis Missouri. Executive Director Jeanne Christie will be one of the participants.  The morning of Sunday, May 19 she will co-present a session on Understanding and Leveraging State Wetland Programs

We hope you will send us your wetland pictures, sign up for one or both of our webinars and maybe we’ll even see you at the National Wetlands Awards Ceremony or River Rally.

Happy Spring!

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