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Working groups, workshops, and special sessions

Working groups, workshops, and special sessions are your chance to dive in to focused topics, discuss issues and concerns with a group of colleagues facing similar challenges, or develop action plans on particular topics. Please note that some of these sessions are offered Thursday afternoon from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, which is the same time as the field trips, and other sessions are offered at the same time as the concurrent oral sessions. No pre-registration is needed to participate in working groups.

Wednesday, March 1

Career Development & Continuing Education in Wetland Science

Date and time: Wednesday, March 1, 1:30 – 2:10 pm
Location: Stonefield
Moderator: Susan Schumacher, We Energies

Wetland scientists from a variety of backgrounds will address challenges and opportunities facing students, young professionals, and people considering a change in the direction of their career in fields related to wetland science. We’ll discuss “lessons learned” and the role of networks to support discovery and learning. Moderator Susan Schumacher (We Energies) will allow for ample time for questions and discussion of solutions and strategies to help support advancement in satisfying wetland science careers.

Tribal Wetland Programs Working Group

Date and time: Wednesday, March 1, 2:10 – 3:10 pm
Location: Stonefield
Facilitator: Randy Poelma, Ho-Chunk Nation

This session will provide tribal wetlands staff with the opportunity to more formally interact, share ideas and best practices, and identify opportunities for collaboration and growth. This first meeting of this group was held at the conference in 2016. This working group contributes to efforts to foster long-term collaboration, dialogue, and exchange of information that supports and encourages strategic, effective efforts to restore and care for wetlands in Wisconsin. All tribal wetlands staff are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 2

Toward More Effective Invasive Species Management

Date and time: Thursday, March 2, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Stonefield
Facilitator: Craig Annen, Integrated Restorations

Reed canarygrass, narrow-leaved and hybrid cattail, and Phragmites are among the most problematic herbaceous invaders of wetlands throughout North America. Current suppression approaches too often are restricted to the search for the ideal herbicide, application rate, and/or timing window. This workshop will present background information on developing cost-effective, long-term ecosystem-based approaches to invasives management. In this one-hour session, you’ll learn how to recognize, understand, and redirect feedback cycles, hear case-studies of how this systems approach has worked to successfully reverse invasions, and engage in a directed discussion on the application of a systems approach to invasives management.  Learn more about this topic.

Practitioners Working Group

Date and time: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Spruce
Facilitator: Dan Salas, Cardno

This session offers an opportunity for wetland practitioners—including consultants, federal, state, and local regulators, land managers, and others—to discuss current issues relevant to their daily work. The agenda will be set with the input of those who participated in similar working groups at recent WWA conferences. Topics covered will likely include what’s new with state wetland policies, including how the review and approval of wetland development permits and associated compensatory mitigation requirements have changed or may change in the near future. Please email programs@wisconsinwetlands.org if you would like to suggest a topic for the agenda or would like to be involved in session planning.

Aerial Identification of Invasive Plants Workshop

Date and time: Thursday, March 2, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Evergreen
Facilitator: Jason Granberg, WDNR

Wetland invasive species are a common threat throughout Wisconsin, posing a threat to habitats and environmental processes.  Early detection of these species by using aerial imagery is a cost effective approach to discovering new populations, allowing for efficient, targeted searches within vast wetlands.  This workshop will provide an introduction to aerial imagery identification of common wetland invasive species using freely accessible imagery and software. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, and mobile devices with GoogleEarth installed prior to the workshop. (Internet access will be available through the venue’s wifi).

What Would Aldo Say? A Reflective Discussion of the Land Ethic in Wetland Conservation

Date and time: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Stonefield
Facilitators: Renee Wahlen, Marsh Haven Nature Center, and Debbie Hinchcliffe and Jerry Sanders, International Wolf Center

Aldo Leopold was known for his ability to weave reflections on history, social trends, and ethics into discussions of ecological issues. This session will include an introduction of Leopold’s Land Ethic and a participatory reading of a Leopold essay, followed by a collective exploration and discussion of the ideas and perspectives gleaned from the reading.