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GLIN==> register now for Riverine Wetlands Science Forum, Feb. 1-2 in La Crosse

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to attend:

Riverine Wetlands: Connections, Corridors & Catchments

WWA's 12th Annual Wetland Science Forum, February 1-2, 2007, Radisson Hotel
La Crosse, WI

Conference information online at: www.wiscwetlands.org/2007forum.htm 



Wisconsin's water-rich landscapes are drained by more than 32,000 miles of
perennial streams and rivers. Hundreds of thousands of acres of diverse
wetland habitats are associated with these treasured waterways, which range
from tiny headwaters to large rivers. Riverine wetlands are created and
maintained by the flows and floods of adjacent watercourses, and wetland
habitats in turn provide critical water quality, water quantity and habitat
functions that support the health of streams and rivers.  Protection of the
many connections and interactions between rivers and their wetlands is vital
to watershed health and will require collaboration among wetland-focused
researchers, agency staff, private professionals and conservationists.
Toward this end, Wisconsin Wetlands Association will convene members of the
wetland community of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region to discuss a
variety of issues related to riverine wetlands - see program agenda and
highlights below. Join us and contribute to a growing collaboration for
protecting and conserving wetlands in Wisconsin and the region. 



Early Bird Deadline - December 15, 2006

Registration fees & instructions: www.wiscwetlands.org/2007registration.htm 

Registration fees reflect the costs to provide this conference and include:

*        Access to all conference sessions and field trips 

*        Printed conference program with abstracts 

*        Lunch on both days as well as coffee and refreshments throughout 

*        Canvas tote bag featuring our new riverine wetlands logo 


>> Click here to download registration form:
www.wiscwetlands.org/WWARegistrationWebForm07.pdf (PDF, ~0.4 MB)


NOTE: A limited number of scholarships (for registration and travel) to
attend the conference are available for students and others with
demonstrated need. To be considered for a scholarship, please complete a
scholarship application form (www.wiscwetlands.org/2007scholarshipform.doc)
and email it to programs@wiscwetlands.org by Friday, December 8, 2006.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by Tuesday, December 12, 2006.



Thursday, February 1, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm  

 8:00                Registration opens

 9:00 -12:00     Plenary Session

                          * Theme Overview: Riverine Wetlands

                          * Keynote Address (details below) 

1:00 - 5:00        Concurrent Sessions

6:30 - 9:00        Banquet Dinner & Presentation (details below) and
conclusion of Silent Auction


Friday, February 2, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 - 12:30     Concurrent Sessions

1:30 - 4:30       Field Trips

                          * La Crosse River Marsh & Goose Island

                          * Halfway Creek Restoration Project

1:30 - 4:30        Working Group: Wetland Threats Analysis Results



For additional details, visit www.wiscwetlands.org/2007forum.htm. A complete
program with a schedule of speakers will be posted by December 10.


KEYNOTE ADDRESS - A River That Works and a Working River

Dan McGuiness, Director of Audubon's Upper Mississippi River Campaign, will
talk about how the Upper Mississippi River, including its wetlands and
watershed, has changed since human settlement. Dan will discuss how we can
reverse the tide of degradation of Upper Mississippi River wetlands and
wildlife habitat through partnership efforts in conservation. He will also
talk about the emerging 34-member collaborative of non-profit organizations
working from the Upper Mississippi headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico and how
the wetland community in the region can become more engaged in this effort. 


BANQUET PRESENTATION - Resurrection of the Bayou People: Wetlands,
Hurricanes and Restoration

Kerry St. Pé is Executive Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National
Estuary Program, a nationally recognized effort dedicated to preserving and
restoring the 4.2 million-acre area between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya
Rivers in Southeast Louisiana.  Kerry will discuss the post-hurricanes
status of Louisiana's coastal wetlands and emerging plans for coastal
wetland restoration efforts. He will also highlight the importance of
Louisiana's coastal wetlands from ecological, economic and cultural heritage
perspectives and comment on what can be done in the Upper Mississippi River
Basin to contribute to improvements in the long-term health of wetlands of
the Mississippi River delta.  This ticketed event is open both to conference
participants ($30) and the general public ($35). Dinner entree choices
include Wild Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian) topped with alfredo sauce and
drizzled with roasted red pepper coulis as well as Stuffed Breast of
Chicken, with spinach stuffing and a Veloute sauce (a cream based sauce with
white wine and shallots). Purchase a banquet ticket with your conference
registration  or by calling WWA at 608-250-9971.


FIELDTRIP - La Crosse River Marsh and Goose Island, Leaders: Tim Gerber and
Chuck Lee, UW-La Crosse; Kurt Brownell and Jon Sobiech, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers; and WDNR staff. Explore two river sites with varied wetland
habitats. Just north of town, the La Crosse River is flanked by an expansive
marshy floodplain upstream of its confluence with the Mississippi River.
Because of its proximity to the expanding urban area, this dynamic
river-wetland system has been the subject of development controversies over
the years. Learn about the natural and recent cultural history of the La
Crosse River Marsh at Myrick Park.  Goose Island is a swampy island in the
middle of the Mississippi just south of town. Part of the Upper Mississippi
River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the island has swamp-white oak
forests and many backwater wetland habitats because of the complexity of its
shoreline. Discover the beauty and ecology of these wetlands in winter while
gathering ideas for a summer outing!


FIELDTRIP - Upper Halfway Creek Marsh Restoration Project, Leaders: Jim
Nissen, USFWS; Jim Knox, UW-Madison; Faith Fitzpatrick and Bill Richardson,
USGS; and Joe Schubauer-Berigan, USEPA. Visit this innovative watershed
restoration project that was developed and implemented with the involvement
of a large team of partner organizations.  Halfway Creek, a tributary to the
Upper Mississippi River north of La Crosse, drains a small watershed where
agricultural land use and expanding residential and commercial development
have led to flooding and sedimentation problems in lower parts of the
watershed.  This watershed initiative involves
restoration/enhancement/creation and management of more than 150 acres of
wetland and grassland to address these problems and create habitat for
wildlife.  Learn about project goals, restoration design, and research
projects aimed at assessing the success of this restoration project.



Wisconsin Wetlands Association thanks our current sponsors
(www.wiscwetlands.org/2007sponsors.htm) and invites your organization to
become a sponsor of our 2007 Wetland Science Forum. This conference is WWA's
largest annual event and is an excellent opportunity for sponsor visibility.
We are seeking institutional, corporate, and individual sponsorship for this
event. Demonstrate your commitment to the wetlands of Wisconsin and to the
Wisconsin Wetlands Association by sponsoring Riverine Wetlands: Connections,
Corridors and Catchments, at the level that is right for your organization.
Sponsorships range from $100 to $2,500; see descriptions of sponsorship
levels and benefits here: www.wiscwetlands.org/sponsorlevels.doc.  To
sponsor this event, simply complete a sponsorship form
(www.wiscwetlands.org/sponsorform.doc) and return it to WWA along with your
check by December 1, 2006 in order to be included in the printed program for
this event.



We also welcome donations of goods or services for our silent auction, which
will be held at the Wetland Science Forum. The auction is another
opportunity for sponsors to be visible at our conference. Funds raised will
support our wetland protection efforts across the state of Wisconsin in the
coming year. To make an auction donation, complete and return an auction
donation form (www.wiscwetlands.org/auctionform.doc).  We would like to
receive all donated items by January 10th, 2007.



If you have questions about this conference, please contact:


Laura England

Outreach Programs Director

Wisconsin Wetlands Association

222 S. Hamilton St. #1

Madison, WI 53703

phone: 608-250-9971

fax: 608-287-1179




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