The North Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is made up of over 350 active members who are committed to promoting sound science, conservation and management of wetlands. We strive to provide access to the latest developments in wetland science, particularly by supporting student education and research.
The North Central Chapter was founded in 1983, just three years after the Society of Wetland Scientists was founded. Since that time Chapter membership has grown, and today stands at just over 400 members. The chapter has sponsored many regional meetings and field trips over the years.
Recently chapter members have worked to have several wetlands designated as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. These include Horicon Marsh, the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park and the Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Wetlands. Only 37 sites in the United States carry this designation; it shows the high value of wetlands in our region!
We represent 10 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
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NCC Bylaw and Standing Rules Update
Updating the NCC Bylaws and Standing rules was proposed during the NCC Executive Board meeting on February 21st, 2016. A Bylaws Committee led by Casey Judge and David Mushet was activated to develop proposed changes to 1) add a student representative to the executive board, 2) formalize the having a newsletter editor for the NCC, and 3) update other items in the NCC Bylaws and Standing Rules as deemed necessary by the committee. Approval of the proposed changes was voted on at the NCC Membership meeting, held in conjunction with the SWS Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. The updated Bylaws can be seen here.