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SWS is pleased to provide a webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. The convenience and flexibility of SWS webinars enables you to educate one or a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office.

The mission statement of the Webinar Program is to facilitate the exchange of scientific, management, and policy information concerning wetlands in an electronic format and to enable regular exchange across a wide geographic area in a relatively low-cost, interactive and multimedia way. This is expected to foster the international scope and visibility of SWS, while providing a forum of professional exchange and collaboration.

Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Certificates of completion, worth one hour of participation, are available upon request; please contact Suzanna Hogendorn at shogendorn@sws.org, if interested.  If you're unable to participate in the live webinar, all webinars will be recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page. 

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Upcoming SWS Webinars

July 19, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

 

 

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Kevin Du Bois, PWS, PWD
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, United States Navy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Erwin, PWS
Kevin L Erwin Consulting Ecologist, Inc.

Practical Restoration Design, Implementation, and Management for Coastal and Inland Wetlands – Three Case Studies 

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Use of Living Shorelines for Nature-Based Shoreline Protection

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The use of traditional bulkheads, seawalls, and rip rap revetments along low to moderate wave energy shorelines is often unnecessary and indiscriminant use has led to the loss of valuable marine resources and the ecosystem services they provide. Other threats including wetland mowing, wetland fill, construction impacts, and riparian buffer impacts contribute to the degradation of coastal ecosystems. "Living Shorelines" are nature-based approaches for shoreline protection that conserve, create, or restore natural shoreline habitats. This presentation will provide an overview of Living Shoreline design in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and highlight the benefits they provide. Before and after photos of projects will demonstrate the effectiveness of "soft" shoreline stabilization approaches using additions of sand, native plants, and biodegradable coconut fiber (coir) logs and "hybrid" approaches using additions of sand, native plants, and stone sills that maintain the continuity between aquatic and riparian buffer zones. Ecosystem enhancements including invasive species management, buffer restoration, and ecosystem diversity will be discussed along with planning considerations for sea level rise. A sample of living shoreline publications and resources will be provided.

Bio:
Kevin R. Du Bois is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist, Professional Wetland Delineator, and Certified Floodplain Manager.  Over his career, Mr. Du Bois has worked as a state Fisheries Biologist, Sensitive Land Acquisition Specialist, USFWS Endangered Species Biologist, wetland regulator, and environmental educator.  Mr. Du Bois has worked for the Navy for 2+ years providing Installation and Regional level services as a NEPA, Natural Resources, and Cultural Resources Project Manager.  Mr. Du Bois currently serves as the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program Coordinator.  He has decades of experience in wetland restoration and is a recognized leader in the design and construction of living shorelines.  He participates in a number of environmental NGOs including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, Lynnhaven River Now, and the Elizabeth River Project.  Mr. Du Bois graduated Cum Laude from Southampton College in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and completed his Master’s degree in Marine Environmental Research in 1986 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.  Mr. Du Bois is married with two adult daughters. He is a published writer and photographer and enjoys surfing, backpacking, and fly fishing.

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Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank, Lee County, Florida  

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The Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank in Lee County, Florida entailed restoration of 4,670± acres of coastal fringe wetlands and uplands that were drained by canals and infested with exotic trees, primarily Melaleuca and Brazilian pepper. This project included the restoration of 48.3± acres of mosquito ditches back to native habitat.  The restoration process involved project design, permitting, management, construction and restoration oversight, habitat management and mapping using aerial photography and GPS, and long-term monitoring and evaluation of success.  This challenging large-scale project has recently transitioned into the long-term monitoring and habitat management stage.

Lake Wales Forest Mitigation and Net Ecosystem Benefit Site, Polk County, Florida

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The Lake Wales Forest Mitigation and Net Ecosystem Benefit Site in Polk County, Florida is a successful restoration project that encompasses a complex mosaic of hardwood swamp forests, freshwater marshes, and xeric scrub habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge.  The site was systematically drained, cleared and converted to improved pasture in the mid-1900s, resulting in elimination of native habitats and reduction of wildlife utilization.  The restoration process was initiated in 2001, and the historic ground and surface water levels were restored by strategically placing a series of water control structures in the drainage system which raised water levels by 2-3 meters.  Once appropriate hydrology had been achieved, native habitats were restored through exotic species removal, plantings, and direct seeding of native wetland and xeric scrub vegetation.  In total, approximately 143 acres of wetland forest, 34 acres of freshwater marsh, and more than 220 acres of upland (including approximately 170 acres of rare xeric scrub habitat) have been restored on this site which now supports listed plants and animals (20 plants, 8 birds, 3 mammals, 4 reptiles).  This property has since been incorporated into the  Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both of these world-class restoration projects have been featured as case studies in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report entitled “Dead Planet, Living Planet – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development” (Nellemann, C. and E. Corcoran, eds. 2010).

Bio:
Kevin Erwin is an internationally recognized, Ecological Society of America certified senior ecologist (1985), specializing in large-scale wetland restoration, biodiversity conservation, and watershed evaluation. His first wetland restoration project was in 1974 and since then he has evaluated, designed, managed, constructed and monitored hundreds of projects around the world. Since 1980 he has served as the President and Principal Ecologist of Kevin L. Erwin Consulting Ecologist, Inc. and is also a Courtesy Faculty Member of Florida Gulf Coast University in the Department of Marine & Ecological Sciences. He has served a variety of appointed positions, recently as a member of the Ramsar Scientific & Technical Review Panel, was a member of Wetland International’s Supervisory Council (2000-11). He has served as the Coordinator of Wetlands International’s Wetland Restoration Specialist Group since 1992 and in 2014 was elected to the Wetlands International Board of Members.  In 2013 he was named as a Master of Ecological Restoration to the DeTao Masters Academy in The People’s Republic of China. Kevin Erwin has organized numerous international symposia on wetland restoration and climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the June 2012 and 2016 INTECOL meetings in Orlando and Changsu, on The Status of Wetland Restoration in China. Most recently he was the plenary speaker at the International Symposium on Wetland Protected area Systems in Haikou, Hainan, December 4-6, 2017.

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September 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

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Lorene Lynn, Red Mountain Consulting LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt Schweisberg, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC

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Practical advice for management and continuous improvement in wetland restoration

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With over 10,000 acres under development and more to come, restoration of the wetlands on the North Slope of Alaska requires a coordinated, comprehensive, and collaborative effort. Oilfield development of Alaska’s Arctic vast coastal plain has been underway for over 50 years and includes construction of industrial roads, airstrips, pads, and pipelines. This infrastructure requires placement of three to five feet of gravel upon the tundra to prevent thawing of the underlying permafrost. With hundreds of tundra rehabilitation sites overseen by regulatory compliance obligations, program management is paramount to success. A successful program requires long-term commitment; program leadership; a strong relationship with primary contractors; an adaptive management approach based on a strong experimental component; owner-sustained support for project planning, implementation, and monitoring; and collaboration with consultants, university researchers, government agencies, and NGOs. Each restoration plan – and subsequent monitoring for performance standards – requires evaluation of the efficiency and value of revegetation and monitoring.

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Lorene Lynn is a soil scientist and restoration ecologist and is Principal at Red Mountain Consulting LLC. Lorene performs ecological restoration, tundra rehabilitation, wetland delineation and functional assessment, soil survey, and natural resources management and mining reclamation plans. She is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. As part of her work on the North Slope of Alaska, she is the Chair of the Federally appointed North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). Her previous work includes consulting, the NRCS Soil Survey, and the USFWS. Her early introduction to research on coastal erosion along the Beaufort Sea Coast of Alaska sparked a career in which she rarely experiences heat, instead working in a parka in the months most people associate with summer. Lorene Lynn is a soil scientist and restoration ecologist and is Principal at Red Mountain Consulting LLC. Lorene performs ecological restoration, tundra rehabilitation, wetland delineation and functional assessment, soil survey, and natural resources management and mining reclamation plans. She is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. As part of her work on the North Slope of Alaska, she is the Chair of the Federally appointed North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP). Her previous work includes consulting, the NRCS Soil Survey, and the USFWS. Her early introduction to research on coastal erosion along the Beaufort Sea Coast of Alaska sparked a career in which she rarely experiences heat, instead working in a parka in the months most people associate with summer. She lives in Palmer, Alaska with her husband and dog, and near-by to her two children, son-in-law, and grandson. 

 

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Matt Schweisberg is the principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC, where he Matt Schweisberg is the principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC, where he provides assistance to clients throughout the lower 48 who seek to navigate a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory issues related to wetlands and other aquatic resources. Matt is a Professional Wetland Scientist under the Professional CertificationProgram of the Society of Wetland Scientists. He is a retired federal wetlands ecologist and wildlife biologist who spent over 32 years with the U. S. Environmental ProtectionAgency. He has served several times as an expert witness in federal, state, and private litigation. He co-instructs a one-week intensive course on wetland identification and delineation at the Eagle Hill Institute in Maine and teaches courses in wetland regulation, restoration and creation, wetland ecology, and wetland identification and delineation for federal and state agencies, academic organizations, and environmental consultants. He received his degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine.

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 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 work group. To learn more please click here.