World Wetlands Day in the USA
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
On World Wetlands Day 2007, Wisconsin Wetlands Association held its 12th Annual Wetland Science Forum in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This 2-day conference convened more than 310 wetland enthusiasts (scientists, regulators, educators, professionals, conservationists, and others) from at least ten states to focus on the theme Riverine Wetlands: Connections, Corridors & Catchments through presentations, exhibits, posters, a working group session and field trips.
Wisconsins 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 like the wonderful Wisconsin and mighty Mississippi. Riverine wetlands are created and maintained by the flows and floods of adjacent watercourses, and these wetland habitats in turn provide critical water quality, water quantity and habitat functions that support the health of stream and river ecosystems. 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. Following the Wetland Science Forum tradition, this conference contributed to a growing collaboration for protecting and conserving wetlands across the region.
For more information and to download the conference program (with abstracts), visit www.wiscwetlands.org/2007forum.htm.
Contact: Laura England (firstname.lastname@example.org), Outreach Programs Director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association