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Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting

April 10, 2024


The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting will be on April 10, 2024, at the Denver Botanic Gardens (Mitchell Hall) in Denver, Colorado. The meeting is expected to bring together over 100 researchers, students, government scientists, private sector consultants, and other wetland practitioners. The day will cultivate lively discussion between diverse groups of professionals involved in wetland stewardship around the region.

Below is a draft agenda for the event. A detailed agenda will be posted here during March.

Regular registration ends on April 3rd. Any registrations after April 3rd will not include a lunch.

Draft Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 Arrival, check-in, sponsor set-up, light breakfast (bagels, coffee, tea)
8:15 - 8:30 Members meeting
8:45 - 9:00  Welcome address, announcements 
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote Address: Ben Goldfarb, Independent Environmental Journalist: Dam It - Working with Beavers to Achieve Restoration Goals 

9:30 - 5:00 Presentations, Breaks, and Lunch (catered boxed lunches)

Stephen Myers, Kimley-Horn: Utilizing Historical Groundwater Monitoring Data to Demonstrate Irrigation Influence on Wetlands Adjacent to Tomichi Creek in Gunnison, Colorado

Rick Black, SLR Consultants: Resiliency in the Face of Adversity - How Wetlands can Play a Mediating Role

Lucy Harrington & Cole Russell, GEI Consultants, Inc.: Harnessing Technology for Watershed Scale Restoration

Esa Crumb & Emily Thorn, Ironwood Consulting, Inc.: Silverton Wetland Inventory - Identifying 

Opportunities for Protection and Restoration and Dealing with Challenges from Legacies of Mining

Joanna Lemly, Colorado Natural Heritage Program & Lindsay Reynolds, Bureau of Land Management: BLM's Monitoring Program for Wetland and Riparian Areas on Public Lands

Becka Downard, Utah Geological Survey: Flat, Salty, and Very Cool - Great Salt Lake Playa Wetland Survey Results

Liza Rossi, Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Using Abundance and Presence to Understand the Habitat Needs of Eastern Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis)

Julie Ash, Stillwater Sciences: Lessons for Stream and Wetland Stewardship from the Tao of Pooh

Tara Kent & Amirah Shahid, HDR: Cherry Creek - A Vision for a New Nature-Driven Heart of Downtown Denver

Tyler Bell & Eveline Vega, Westervelt Ecological Services: Adaptive Management in an Agricultural Mitigation Bank

Lauren Magliozzi, Colorado University Boulder: Guiding Post-Fire Restoration Through Comprehensive Monitoring - A Case Study of Coal Creek Impacted by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado

Sam Kurkowski, Wetland Ecology & Restoration Lab, Utah State University: Successes and Challenges of Seed-based Restoration in Great Salt Lake Wetlands - A Lab Manager's Perspective 

Karin Kettenring, Utah State University: Improving Wetland Restoration in the Intermountain West - An Assessment of Wetland Manager Revegetation Practices and Barriers

Annie Henry, Utah State University: Improving Wetland Restoration in the Intermountain West - An Assessment of Wetland Native Plant Material Vendor Practices and Barriers

Moneka Worah, ERO Resources Corporation: The Rollercoaster of Regulations - How the Sackett Decision and a Colorado State Program Could Change Regulations to Colorado Wetlands 

5:00 - 7:00 Social Event (beer, cider, appetiz Live Music by Jeremy Mohney & his band



Payment can be made online by choosing the sponsorship type below. If you'd prefer to pay by check, they can be sent to: 1660 International Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102. Please note "Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting" in the memo line. For ACH or wire payments, contact for more information.

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