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Upcoming SWS Webinars

Monthly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership. Once each quarter, in March, July, September and December, the monthly SWS webinar is open for non-members to attend (and at no cost), as well. Please login to register. If you are a member, and you log in, you can register for member-only webinars by clicking here, or going to the "Events" pull-down menu and choosing "upcoming" webinars. If the site says you are not allowed to view this resource, your membership may not be current, or you are not a current member. Note, you can be a registered user of this site and not an SWS Member.

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June 2020: Roadside Right-of-Way Wetlands Resulting from Road Construction and Mowing

June 18, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Roadside Right-of-Way (ROW) Wetlands Resulting from Road Construction and Mowing Practices

 

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Wetland right of way (ROW) - Lowland/wetland study site along the roadside ROW.

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Wetland right of way (ROW) 2 - Bridge overpass with mowed plots near to connective waterway.

Abstract:
Roadside right-of-ways (ROW) undergo regular disturbances such as mowing, maintenance, and road developments that affect soils, groundwater, surface hydrology, and vegetation composition. Strips of roadside ROW ditches are morphing into wetlands because of road developments such as reduced mowing practices, bridges and culverts being put in/modified, etc. The construction of roads inadvertently creates functional wetlands that might be governed by wetland regulations. The study was conducted using 10 research plots situated along Highway 25 in Mississippi, USA. The research plots consisted of three different mowing treatments and different site elevations (uplands vs. riparian lowland/wetland areas). The riparian lowland areas were influenced by overbank inundations by streams and ROW drainage ditches. Using line transect sampling methodology, over 277 native and nonnative plant species (around 20% were wetland indicator species), of forbs, legumes, grasses, rushes, sedges, vines, shrubs, and trees were found on the roadside ROW in northeastern Mississippi. Total percent coverage of native and nonnative plants within different growth form categories did not statistically differ among treatments (F2,96 = 0.45, P = 0.83). However, percent coverage differed between uplands and riparian lowlands (F1,96 = 18.22, P < 0.001), between years (F1,96 = 14.54, P < 0.001), and between fall and spring seasons (F1,96 = 16.25, P < 0.001). Percent coverage and species richness from the growth form categories was found in the lowland sites in the greatest quantity. These road ditches may not always contain water, but many still represent wetland ecosystems and serve as “significant jurisdictional connectivity” to navigable waters. Numerous wetland wildlife species have been observed using and successfully raising offspring in these “roadside wetlands” due to anthropomorphic disturbances.

 

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Bio:

Mr. Edward D. Entsminger M.S., AWB®, FP-A, WPIT earned three Associate of Applied Science degrees in Fish and Wildlife Management, Fish Management and Aquaculture, and Parks and Recreation and Wildlife Management from Hocking College in 2007 and 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management from the University of Rio Grande in 2009 and a Master of Science in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Sciences from Mississippi State University in 2014. His master thesis was on “Plant Community Response to Reduced Mowing Regimens and Occurrence of White-tailed Deer and Other Wildlife Observations along Highway Right-of-Ways in Northeastern Mississippi.” Since graduation, he was hired on as a full-time Research Associate I in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and Forest and Wildlife Research Center at MSU. In 2015, he obtained three professional certifications as an Associate Wildlife Biologist, Associate Fisheries Professional, and a Wetland Professional In Training. He is a wildlife and fisheries biologist and general ecologist, and his research has focused on prairies, reclamation sites, forested environments, wetlands, mowing on roadside right-of-ways, and habitat structure. He has over 12 years of education experience and over 15 years of job experience in the natural resources’ profession. Has been with MSU for over 10 years and was recently promoted to Research Associate II in August 2018. Currently he is working towards a Ph.D. degree in Forest Resources at Mississippi State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 10 professional peer-reviewed research articles, a thesis, one book chapter, several technical manuals, more than 35 popular articles, and currently has more than three journal articles in the peer-review process.

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July 2020: SWS Wetland Ambassador

July 16, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

2019 Wetland Ambassador’s Webinar: Can Biochar Increase Carbon Sequestration in Wetland Restoration Projects? 

Description and Pictures TBD.

Presenter: TBD

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August 2020: Restoring Native Clam Communities for Improved Water Quality and Economic Resilience in the Indian River Lagoon

August 20, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Restoring Native Clam Communities for ImprovedRestoring Native Clam Communities for ImprovedWater Quality and Economic Resilience in the Indian River Lagoon

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September 2020: Urban Wetlands and Water Management

September 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Urban Wetlands and Water Management

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Presenter: Bill Dooley

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October 2020: Role of inland saline wetland ecosystems in the face of climate change

October 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Urban Wetlands and Water Management

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Presenter: Rajashree Naik

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November 2020: Wetlands Critical for Everglades Restoration: the Stormwater Treatment Areas

November 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Wetlands Critical for Everglades Restoration: the Stormwater Treatment Areas

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Presenter: Kathleen Pietro

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Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free quarterly webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Additionally, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language. 

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

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"Thank you, presenters, and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI

"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY

ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or workgroup. To learn more please click here.