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Thanks to all who attended our 2013 Wetlands Conference, Great Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds! Nearly 300 people attended the conference to learn about the latest in wetland science, management, restoration, and related policy matters. We hope to see you at our next conference, February 18-20, 2014, in La Crosse!


Thanks to photographer Monika Blazs for contributing her skills to this year's conference. Additional thanks to Mary Kay Baum, whose image is also used below.

Carl Sinderbrand, WWA Board Chair

Katie Beilfuss with Mike McDavit, USEPA

Patrick Robinson, Tracy Hames, Carl Sinderbrand, Matt Moroney, Katie Beilfuss

Tara Davenport presenting

Alice Thompson presenting

Screening of the Aldo Leopold film Green Fire

Thanks to Friends of Broughton Sheboygan Marsh for helping to sponsor Green Fire!

Tom Bernthal and banquet presenter Rich Beilfuss (ICF)


Wetlands are an important tool for solving problems. From improving water quality to absorbing and storing flood waters, from providing space for recreation to improving quality of life, wetlands can be a solution to many community challenges.

Nowhere is that more evident than in working to improve watershed health. Watersheds are garnering more attention as a unit for planning and action as it becomes increasingly clear that sustainable solutions to many local problems require larger scale action. Many water-related community challenges cannot be solved within the community, but instead require creative collaboration within and between communities: networks of community partnerships that reflect the interconnectedness of the water resources on which the communities depend. Wetland gains, losses, and management in the upper reaches of a watershed can positively or negatively impact the watershed ecosystem and community health. Great wetlands can help make healthy watersheds.

In 2013, Wisconsin Wetlands Association will convene members of the regional wetland community for our 18th annual conference to discuss the latest in wetland science, management, restoration, and protection issues around the conference theme, Great Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds. This 2-day conference will include a keynote address, organized symposia, topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups, a banquet, and wetland field trips. Following more than a decade-long tradition, we anticipate that this yearís conference will contribute to a growing regional collaboration for protecting and conserving Wisconsinís wetlands.

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WWA invites wetland experts and enthusiasts from around the Midwest region and beyond to join us for our 2013 conference. Our audience typically includes:

  • Scientists from colleges and universities
  • Federal and state agency scientists
  • Federal and state agency regulators
  • Local government staff and officials
  • Tribal staff
  • Natural resource managers (public and private)
  • Private consultants
  • Land trust staff and volunteers
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in the natural sciences
  • Staff of local, statewide, and regional non-profit conservation groups
  • Volunteer leaders of non-profit conservation groups
  • Wetland enthusiasts and concerned citizens
  • Members of the media


  • 2012 - Urban Wetlands
  • 2011 - Wetlands in the Landscape
  • 2010 - Wetlands In Service
  • 2009 - Joint Meeting with the Society of Wetland Scientists: Wetland Connections
  • 2008 - Wetlands in the 21st Century: Altered Landscapes & Changing Climates
  • 2007 - Riverine Wetlands: Connections, Corridors & Catchments
  • 2006 - Wisconsin's Wetlands: Biodiversity & Threats
  • 2005 - Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands