Calendar

Jan
20
Thu
Zoom: Smoke is NOT Just Smoke
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Smoke has always been an important issue in wildland fire, but recent fire seasons have driven home the point even more across the eastern US.  Whether it’s the western US and Canadian wildfire smoke or smoke from a local controlled burn, what are the messages we should be communicating?  What are the tools that can help us assess impacts?  Attend this session to hear about the latest in smoke science and management.
 
This discussion has been approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFE’s by the Society of American Foresters.

Jan
28
Fri
Wetlands Coffee Break: Chiwaukee Prairie: A conservation story through photos
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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Chiwaukee Prairie is home to a tremendous amount of biodiversity—more than 450 species of plants, nearly 200 species of birds, and an immense variety of insects. The Wisconsin DNR has said that Chiwaukee is arguably the single most important site to conserve in the entire ecological landscape of Southeast coastal Wisconsin. The international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands agrees and designated the Chiwaukee – Illinois Beach Lake Plain as a Wetland of International Importance in 2015. Join Dr. Dana Garrigan to hear the story of the preservation of Chiwaukee Prairie via a spectacular photographic tour. Dr. Garrigan spent the past two years photographing the unique species found in Chiwaukee’s wetlands and remnant prairie habitats in preparation for a photo exhibit that is now open at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Feb
3
Thu
Webinar: Shared Stewardship Strategy in the Eastern US
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Presented by:
Destin Kee, University of Georgia
Tyler Aldworth, Colorado State University
Dr. Jesse Abrams, University of Georgia

The Shared Stewardship Strategy was launched by the U.S. Forest Service in 2018 as a means to promote management across ownerships and jurisdictions in pursuit of common goals regarding restoration, fire risk reduction, and the management of water and other resources. Since that time, 28 states have signed Shared Stewardship memoranda of understanding with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies committing to working in partnership. This webinar reports on findings from preliminary research on Shared Stewardship implementation in seven states east of the Rocky Mountains (AR, FL, GA, MA, NE, NC, TX), focusing on understandings of “Shared Stewardship,” perceived opportunities and challenges to working across boundaries, and changes instituted to date. We will also discuss commonalities and contrasts with Shared Stewardship implementation in western states where federal lands are more abundant. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speakers.

Feb
15
Tue
2022 Wisconsin Wetlands Conference @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
Feb 15 – Feb 17 all-day

We expect to offer the 2022 Wetland Science Conference as a hybrid event, meaning people will be able to attend in person or virtually. Conference plenary and general oral presentation sessions will be live-streamed. Some content will be only available in person (e.g. field trips and workshops).

Fees for the conference will be the same whether you attend in person or virtually. Fees include plenary sessions, general oral sessions, and networking opportunities. All attendees will have access to on-demand recordings of presentations following the conference.

We are charging the same fees for both in-person and virtual attendees in order to cover the costs associated with producing this hybrid conference. It costs WWA significantly more for us to produce the conference than we charge in fees. We are able to keep the fees below cost because of the generous support of our sponsors.

 

 

Registration fees for the 2021 conference

Real-time attendance at the full conference (in-person or virtually):

  • Students – $97.50 (a 50% discount)
  • WWA Members – $156.00 (a 20% discount. Join or renew today and save!)
  • Nonmembers – $195.00

The above fees reflect early bird rates good through January 14, 2022. After January 14, fees increase by $40. Registration for in-person attendance will close at noon on February 10, 2022, and no at-the-door registrations will be accepted for the in-person conference. Registration for virtual attendance will remain open through the conference.

At any time, a registrant can change the type of their registration from in-person to virtual by notifying WWA at conference@wisconsinwetlands.org. A person registered to attend virtually may switch their registration to in-person attendance up to noon on February 10, 2022, after which time we are not able to accommodate this change. Note that in-person-only optional events such as field trips or workshops are not available virtually, and that some content is only available virtually.

Wednesday evening banquet: Tickets to the in-person banquet with a presentation by Peter David, wildlife biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, are $50. Details.

On-demand only (access to all presentation recordings as of March 1, 2022, no real-time access during the conference).

  • Students – $50
  • WWA Members – $80
  • Nonmembers – $100
TPE Prescribed Burn School
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Learn to burn with The Prairie Enthusiasts. Get the knowledge and skills to volunteer with TPE crews as they apply prescribed fire to restore prairies, grasslands and savannas.

Feb
16
Wed
Virtual Conference: Inspired by Resilience
Feb 16 – Feb 19 all-day

Wednesday, February 16 

1:00 – 4:00pm – Pre-Conference Oak Savanna Showcase  

4:00 – 5:30pm – Video Screening

5:30 – 9:00pm – Official Welcome and Oak Savanna Research Session Presentations 

 

Thursday, February 17 

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch and Learn 

1:00 – 5:30pm – Exhibitors, Artist Gallery, Video Screening, On-Demand Content, and Networking 

5:30 – 9:00pm – Stewardship and Protection Session Presentations 

 

Friday, February 18 

9:00am – 12:00pm – TPE Member Connections 

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch and Learn

1:00 – 5:30pm – Art Workshops Inspired by Nature

5:30 – 6:30pm – Ask the Experts

6:30 – 8:30pm – Social Activities and Student Poster Session  

 

Saturday, February 19 

9:00am – 11:30am – Keynote & Q&A with Douglas Tallamy 

11:30am – Closing Remarks 

Feb
17
Thu
Zoom: Fire and the Wildland Urban Interface in the Eastern US
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Notions of fire and the wildland urban interface often bring to mind scenes from the western United States, where catastrophic wildfires have led to catastrophic losses. In contrast, mapping efforts have found that the vast majority of the WUI acres can be found in the eastern United States. This panel will talk about how wildfire, prescribed fire, and climate change intersect in the WUI of the east.
 
This discussion has been approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFE’s by the Society of American Foresters.