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Wisconsin Wetlands Association thanks everyone who participated in the 11th Annual Wetland Science Forum.
More than 300 wetland enthusiasts participated in the conference sessions, working groups, field trips and banquet. We are grateful for the many contributions made by presenters, advisory panel members, field trip leaders, volunteers, moderators, exhibitors/sponsors and others who helped make this event possible and successful.

Post-Conference Updates
>> Purchase a totebag with the above conference logo: $5 each (includes shipping). Call WWA at 608-250-9971.
>> Browse conference photos below
>> Download a PDF of the full conference program with abstracts (~1.5 MB)
>> Submit feedback and suggestions for improving future conferences (download an evaluation form).

Special thanks to our lead sponsors for their generous support:

This conference was made possible in part by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency -
Great Lakes National Program Office administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Wisconsinís wetlands shelter an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals. More than a third of Wisconsinís endangered and threatened species depend on marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, and other wetland habitats. Wisconsinís wetlands are numerous and diverse, but so are threats to the biodiversity, health, and continued existence of the 5 million acres of wetlands that remain on our landscapes. Conservation and protection of wetland biodiversity and functional values will require collaboration among wetland researchers, professionals, and conservationists.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association has thus chosen Wisconsinís Wetlands: Biodiversity and Threats as the theme of our 11th annual Wetland Science Forum. This two-day conference will convene members of the wetland community in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region to discuss a variety of issues related to wetland biodiversity and threats. The conference program will begin with an overview of wetland biodiversity and threats to various wetland community types by geographic region in Wisconsin. The program will also include a keynote address, several topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups and field trips, all related to the conference theme. Following the Wetland Science Forum tradition, we anticipate that this conference will contribute to a growing collaboration for protecting and conserving our stateís wetland heritage.

Information for Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors





Lead Scholarship Sponsor

Earth Tech
Hey and Associates, Inc.
Natural Resources Consulting, Inc.

1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Clean Wisconsin
Driftless Land Stewardship, LLC
Friends of Pheasant Branch
Gathering Waters Conservancy
International Crane Foundation
Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
Lake Koshkonong Wetlands Association
Laurie Lawlor, Author
Madison Audubon Society
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
NES Ecological Services
Prairie Moon Nursery
River Alliance of Wisconsin
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Tallgrass Restoration
UAP Timberland
Watershed Watchers
WDNR Bureau of Watershed Management
Wisconsin Association of Lakes
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Nature Mapping
Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin (IPAW), whose annual conference will follow ours on Saturday, February 4, 2006:

Invasive Plants of Wisconsin's Wetlands: Identification and Management
Conference of the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
Co-Sponsor: Lussier Family Heritage Center/Dane County Parks

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI
For tentative program and other information, see
Download IPAW's registration form here (PDF, 0.5 MB).

The future integrity and biodiversity of Wisconsin's 5 million acres of wetland communities are threatened by invasive plants such as reed canary grass, Phragmites, glossy buckthorn and purple loosestrife. Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA) and the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW) are pleased to be partnering on some programmatic connections between our consecutive conferences in (WWA: Feb. 2-3 and IPAW: Feb. 4). While the WWA conference will highlight the latest research on wetland invasives, the IPAW forum will feature practical information for wetland managers who are combatting invasive plants. In addition to species-specific presentations emphasizing identification and control, IPAW conference participants may also attend an herbicide training workshop, learn about Cooperative Weed Management Areas, join field trips, and visit multiple displays and vendors.

The biodiversity artwork in our conference logo is the work of WWA member Birgit Bach, a talented local artist who supports Wisconsin Wetlands Association in many ways. To learn about the artist, visit her webpage at

Read about last year's Wetland Science Forum


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