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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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2017 NCC Annual Meeting - October 12 - 14, Fargo, ND
Preparations are well under way for the North Central Chapter's annual meeting. The meeting will include a workshop on PWS certification and the laws, regulations, and methodologies of wetland determinations; scientific presentations by our chapter's membership; an exciting field trip into Minnesota; and plenty of opportunities to socialize with wetland enthusiasts from across the North-Central region. Visit the North Central Events page for more information.


SWS is pleased to provide a monthly webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Check out the Upcoming Webinars page to learn more! In addition, all webinars are recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page.

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