Society of #Wetland Scientists Rocky #Mountain Program Announced @SWS_org

2016 Annual Meeting, April 13 - Golden, CO

Registration Open!

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting will be on April 13, 2016 in Golden, Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center (same place as last year). The meeting is expected to bring together over 150 research­ers, students, government scientists, private sector consultants, and other wetland practitioners.  It will cultivate scientific exchanges between diverse groups of professionals involved in wetland stewardship around the region. The draft agenda is provided below and other details of the meeting are on our website:

2016 Chapter Meeting Agenda

800a to 845a: ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN

815a to 845a: MEMBERS MEETING
Conference call-in number will be available. Meeting topics: election results, chapter financials, goals, upcoming events, and more.

Andy Herb, SWS Rocky Mountain Chapter President

900a to 940a: Gillian Davies, BSC Group and SWS President; SWS News:SWS In Taiwan! and Current Science on Wetlands and Climate Change Impacts, Carbon Mitigation, and Adaptation

940a to 1000a: Brandon Marette, Louis Berger Group; Delineating Wetlands in an Age of Climate Change

1000a to 1030a: Nate Hough-Snee, Utah State University; How Will Climate Change Alter Riparian Ecosystems? Cases from the Upper Missouri and Interior Columbia River Basins

1030a to 1100a: BREAK

1100a to 1120a: Andrew Breibart, Bureau of Land Management; Wetland Meadow and Riparian Restoration for Climate Change Resiliency in the Gunnison Basin

1120a to 1150a: Kiel Downing and Aaron Eilers, US Army Corps of Engineers Denver Regulatory Office; Entering the 404 Permitting Process, A Re-Introduction (with question and answer session)

1150p to 100p: LUNCH
Catered on-site; vegetarian option will be available

100p to 120p: Michael Blazewicz, Round River Design; Fluvial Hazard Mapping and Protecting Floodplain Wetlands

120p to 140p: William MacFarlane, Utah State University; Application of the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool in Utah

140p to 200p: Randy Mandel, Golder Associates; Developing a Bioengineering Guide for Colorado

200p to 230p: Jessica Doran, EcoMetrics; What To Do When the Bottom Drops Out: Floodplain Restoration in Crested Butte

230p to 300p: BREAK

300p to 320p: Denise Culver, Colorado Natural Heritage Program; Colorado’s Wetland Tools—Let’s Do This!

320p to 350p: Kate Dwire, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station; Peat Accumulation in Mountain Fens of the Western USA

350p to 430p: Joanna Lemly, Colorado Natural Heritage Program; Wetlands of Colorado’s Eastern Plains

430p to 500p: Julia McCarthy, US EPA Region 8; Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: Using Science to Inform Case by Case Jurisdictional Determinations

500p to 700p: SOCIAL
Live music, beer, and other beverages

Please go to our Chapter website for more information and to register for the meeting:

Hotel Discount Code for 2016 Chapter Meeting

Table Mountain Inn is extending their Group 2016 discounted rate for meeting attendees. The Group 2016 discount gives you 10% per room-night off of the prevailing rate at the time of booking. The Group 2016 rate can be booked by calling the front hotel desk directly at 303.277.9898 x1 and asking for the Group 2016 rate. The rate may also be booked online at When booking online the access code for the discount is GROUP2016 (case sensitive). – 1310 Washington Ave – Golden, CO – 80401

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2016 Chapter Meeting
We would like to invite companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals to sponsor the meeting. Sponsorship will get visibility for your organization, while helping us make it a great event! It offers an effective way to demonstrate your interest in and commitment to wetland science and its implications for wetland policy and management. Sponsorship enables us to offer a high quality meeting at a reasonable cost. We will recognize and acknowledge the generosity of all of our sponsors in the meeting program and other meeting materials. Sponsorship levels include Silver ($250) and Gold ($500+), and is key to ensuring the success of the meeting. Please go to our website to become a sponsor:

Level Meeting
Acknowledgement Additional
Recognized in meeting program (list of sponsors)
Recognized with organization’s logo in all meeting materials
Verbal recognition at All Members Meeting, luncheon, and social
1 complimentary registration
1 complimentary 6-foot table in vendor/sponsor area

Recognized in meeting program (list of sponsors)

1 complimentary registration

Interested in sponsoring the meeting at a dollar amount less than $250? You can do that by visiting our online merchandise store when registering. In our store, add the merchandise item, “RM 2016 Annual Meeting Sponsorship less than $250”, to your cart and then update your cart with the dollar amount you want. Sponsorship opportunities less than $250 do not include registration.
Vendor Opportunities for 2016 Chapter Meeting
We invite you to be a vendor at this year's Chapter Meeting. Being a vendor will give visibility to your organization, while helping us have a great event! Vendors get one 6-foot table near the entrance to the event, one complimentary registration, and recognition in the meeting program. The cost is $350. Please go to our website to become a vendor:

Travel Grants Available for 2016 Chapter Meeting
The Chapter is making travel grants available for this year's Chapter meeting. There is $1,000 available to support or supplement travel costs, which we would like to allocate to one or more SWS members based upon need. If you are interested in being considered for these funds, please submit a brief essay (no more than 500 words) describing your interest in attending the meeting. Also include your estimated costs for airfare, hotel, etc., and indicate what portion of those costs could be covered by you or your employer.  Please provide this information to our Treasurer Karin McShea at by March 9 and she will notify you by March 16. You must be a member to be considered.

Become a Rocky Mountain Chapter Board Member!
We are looking for a new President and Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. Although the current Vice-President (Julie Alcon) is automatically nominated for President, other nominations are accepted. President is a 1-year term and Secretary is a 3-year term. Being on the Board doesn't require a huge time commitment but allows you to get more involved with regional wetland events, help direct the activities of the chapter, and establish key relationships with other wetland professionals. Please volunteer or nominate others for these positions by emailing me at no later than March 15. Once all the candidates have been confirmed, the Chapter members will vote via email in the weeks leading up to our annual meeting in Golden, Colorado on April 13, 2016. The winner of the election will be announced during the meeting. Below is a summary of the key responsibilities for all of the Board positions (adapted from the Chapter Standing Rules):

President: Responsible for the business of the Chapter, including making appointments authorized in the Standing Rules, establishing committees required for the business of the Chapter, and exercising such other responsibilities determined from time to time by action of the Chapter or the Board. The President also chairs all meetings of the Chapter and the Board. 1-year term.

Vice-President: Assist the President and perform the duties of the President when he/she is absent or unable to act. The VP also serves as chairperson of the Program Committee for the annual Chapter meeting and is responsible for Chapter publicity (as directed by the Board). 1-year term and automatically nominated for President.

Secretary: Annually obtain a list of Chapter members from SWS National, serve as the chairperson for the Membership Committee, prepare any correspondence with the Chapter at the direction of the Board, prepare and disburse information pertinent to increasing membership, maintain chapter files, record and read minutes of all meetings, and oversee development and distribution of Chapter information. 3-year term.
Treasurer: Administer the financial resources of the Chapter. Work with SWS National to authorize and pay all Chapter bills. Serve as chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee if such a committee is formed. Prepare an annual budget and present it at the annual Chapter meeting. 3-year term.

Immediate Past-President: Chair the Nominating Committee and Bylaws Committee, and perform duties of President if both the President and VP are unable to act.

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