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GLIN==> Nat'l Symposium: Protecting Wetlands of International Significance & Field Seminar in the Central Flyway

Please pass along this announcement to any of your colleagues who might be
interested. Thank you.
Association of State Wetland Managers


Invitation to Submit an Abstract or Attend: Staff of federal, state, local
governments, not for profit organizations, birders, watershed councils, land
trusts, landowners, all others welcome.

October 19-20, 2004. Hilton Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, Missouri


Field Seminar in the Central Flyway:
Wetlands in Living Landscapes
October 21-22, 2004, Great Bend, Kansas (Quivera National Wildlife Refuge,
Cheyenne Bottoms)

The Association of State Wetland Managers invites you to submit a paper to
present at the National Symposium: Wetlands 2004: Protecting Wetlands of
International Significance to be held on October 19-20, 2004 at the Hilton
Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, Missouri.  An optional field seminar will
also be held to Great Bend Kansas on October 21 and 22. The deadline to
submit abstracts is June 1, 2004.

National Symposium Goals: This symposium and field seminar (optional) will
be held along the Central Flyway to help build the capacity of states, local
governments, federal agencies, and others to help monitor, assess, protect
and restore wetlands of international significance. These wetlands include
some of the nation's most vulnerable wetlands including Prairie Potholes,
playas, bogs, and coastal salt marshes. They include Ramsar sites,
wetland-related national wildlife refuges, wetlands in national parks,
Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve sites, North American Waterfowl
Management Plan sites, National Estuarine Research Reserves, and other

The symposium will primarily focus on the protection and restoration of
wetlands of international significance in the U.S. However, a portion of the
program will be devoted to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. A major
emphasis of the symposium will be to develop improved cooperation between
wetland and bird protection groups. A broad host of other issues will be
addressed as well.

Sponsors: The symposium is being sponsored by the:
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Programs

Call for Paper Topics: Please see call for papers announcement at the ASWM
web site at http://www.aswm.org/calendar/wetlands2004/agenda2004.htm for a
compressive list of topics and abstract submission guidance.  Additional
topics will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More specific call for paper topics include:

 Documenting and Assessing the International Significance of U.S. Wetlands:
o Wetlands and Migratory Birds
o Wetlands and Coastal Fisheries
o Wetlands and Internationally Endangered Species
o Wetlands and Management of International Rivers
o Wetlands and Carbon Sequestration
 Managing Wetland Complexes in the Landscape
 Closing the Gaps Created by  the SWANCC Decision
 Establishing Dialogue and Dealing With Landowners and Adjacent Communities
 Developing Mechanisms and Techniques for Resolving Conflicts
 Establishing and Working With "Friends Of" and Not for Profits
 Establishing Buffers Through the Use of Conservation Easements and Other
 Controlling Incompatible Uses Through Federal, State, and Local
 Avoiding Taking Challenges  and Other Legal Challenges  to Regulations
 Using the Ramsar Treaty and Other International Treaties to Define and
Help Protect Wetlands of International Significance
 Restoring Degraded Areas
 Using Ecotourism to Build Support for Areas
 Using "Twinning" Between Wetland Areas in the U.S. and Abroad
 Developing National and International Constituencies For Protecting
Wetlands of International Significance
 Using Voluntary Federal and State to Protect Wetlands

Abstract Submission: Please e-mail abstracts in Word, Word Perfect, ASCII,
or rich text format to Sharon at abstracts@aswm.org by June 1, 2004.  Please
include the abstract title, author name(s), affiliation, street and e-mail
address, and phone number with your abstract.  If more than one author is
listed, please indicate the person who will be presenting the paper.  Please
be sure to include a contact person with address, phone, and e-mail
information. Also, please clearly indicate which "topic" listed above, your
abstract best fits.  You will be notified by June 15 if your abstract is

Please visit the ASWM conference web site for updates and registration
information at http://www.aswm.org/calendar/wetlands2004/agenda2004.htm.

If you have any questions, please e-mail sharon.weaver@aswm.org or contact
Sharon Weaver at 518-872-1804.

Thank you.

Jon Kusler
Associate Director
Association of State Wetland Managers

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