Welcome to the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Any member of the Society of Wetland Scientists in good standing who resides within the South Central Chapter region (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas) is considered an active member of the chapter. Active chapter membership is your way of staying involved in local and regional issues and peer networking.
Current Chapter Officers and Board Members and Term Dates
President – Jessica Brumley, 2023-2025
Immediate Past President – Jodie M. Burns, 2023-2025
President-Elect – Eric Fuselier, 2023-2025
Treasurer – Laura Duffie, 2021-2025
Secretary – to be appointed by Chapter President, 2023-2024
Jacob Berkowitz, 2021-2025
Gary Ervin, 2021-2025
Claire Randall, 2022-2024
Mark Ford, 2022-2024
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The Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter fall meeting is taking place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13, 2023 at Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky! Friday will be the day of the actual meeting and Thursday will have a pre-conference field trip/workshop and networking events, including a Thursday evening social.
We are looking for speaker and poster abstract submissions for the meeting. Students and professionals are invited to present. Winning student presentations will receive a research grant. Apply before the abstract submission deadline on September 22, 2023!
2022 Fall Meeting
The South Central and Central Chapters are cohosting their Fall Meetings October 6-8, 2022 in Searcy, AR.
Thursday, October 6th features two amazing workshops: “Understanding and Applying the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils” and “Wetland Mapping and Emerging Technology."
2022 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting
The South Central Chapter will hold a chapter meeting during the 2022 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening (May 17th) from 6:00-6:45PM, in the third floor meeting area of the Amway Grand conference center.
February 2022 - Annual Meeting
The South Central Chapter's Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 2:30-7pm EST. Register here!
May 2019 - NW Arkansas Wetland Ecology Tour Fayetteville, AR
The South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) hosted a Northwest Arkansas Wetland Ecology Tour at the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary, Fayetteville, Arkansas, on May 4th, 2019. Fifty-three attendees enjoyed the half-day event which consisted of 90 minutes of ecology lectures (birds, botany, herps, and wetland soils) and a choice of 3 expert-led hikes: herps, birding, or botany. The wetland soils portion of the lectures was given by Faye Smith, PhD student at the University of Arkansas. The other lecturers led the hiking portion of the event: Dr. J.D. Willson, University of Arkansas herpetology professor; Joan Reynolds, local Audubon member; and Karen Williard, PhD student at the University of Arkansas. The overcast day was perfect for observing the sanctuary’s wetland from the upland berms within the sanctuary. The tour was capped with a drawing for wetland-related door prizes that the attendees entered by completing correctly a “drawing quiz” regarding the lecture material.
Owned and maintained by the City of Fayetteville, the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary is a 44-acre mitigation site for the 9.88 acres of wetland impacts from the city’s West Wastewater Treatment Plant construction. One of the Society of Wetland Scientists’ members, Bruce Shackleford of Environmental Consulting Operations, Inc., and engineers from McGoodwin, Williams, and Yates Consulting Engineers, Inc., were involved in the design of the mitigation site. The protected sanctuary is full of prairie mounds, a natural feature of unplowed or moderately plowed former prairies, and was historically a former seasonal wetland associated with Tallgrass Prairie habitat. Only 2,000 acres (nearly one percent) of the original two million acres of tallgrass prairie in this region of the country remain unplowed, making this a true jewel of a wetland in northwest Arkansas.
Intended to be family-friendly, one-third of the attendees were children at this second annual tour. The educational fundraising event was planned by Jodie Murray Burns, Arkansas Education and Outreach Coordinator for the SWS South Central Chapter and the chapter’s President-Elect, along with Eric Fuselier, SWS South Central Chapter Executive Board member. Refreshments were donated by Rick’s Bakery of Rogers, Arkansas, and Cattails Environmental, LLC. This year’s sponsors of the wetland ecology tour were the Arkansas Native Plant Society & their Ozark Chapter; Cattails Environmental, LLC; Crafton Tull; Ecological Design Group, Inc.; Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association; FTN Associates, Ltd.; Northwest Arkansas Land Trust; and Whitenton Group Associates.
Over $2,000 were raised for the SWS South Central Chapter. The chapter anticipates continuing to host annual events of this type across their 8-state area to support the mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists - to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands – and to raise scholarship funds for student researchers to attend and present research findings at the annual SWS meeting. If any local SWS members are interested in assisting with this event next year, please contact Jodie Murray Burns (email@example.com).
October 2018 - Fall Meeting N Little Rock, AR
South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
October 10-12 2018
Location: North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce 100 Main St, North Little Rock, AR
Cost: Early registration: SWS member — $50 Non-member — $75.
Late registration will be an additional $10
Student Member — FREE Student Non-member — $25.
Pre-Conference Workshop, October 10th:
Development of a Wetland Management Plan, White Oak Bayou. Additional $25/person.
Call For Abstracts:
The Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock, Arkansas adjacent to the NLR Chamber of Commerce.
2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114 501.371.9000
Contact Melissa Harlow at 501-907-4839 to get a discount rate for the conference. Attendees can get a conference rate as long as rooms are available, but you must contact Melissa.
The Wyndham offers shuttles to and from the Little Rock airport.
May 2018 - Henderson Swamp Tour Henderson, LA
The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists hosted a Guided Swamp Tour of Springtime Henderson Swamp in Henderson, Louisiana, on May 12, 2018. With the help of McGee’s Swamp Tours, forty-one attendees enjoyed a beautiful day on the water, including birdwatching, alligator calling and plant identification from the vantage point of a boat. The tour began with a fun-filled, educational lecture about the history of Henderson Swamp lead by Romy “Skip” Andaya, Henderson resident and Swamp Base Program Director for the Atchafalaya Swampbase Program. Following the lecture, attendees boarded a large covered boat that took them on a 90-minute guided adventure in Henderson Swamp. Following the swamp tour, a jambalaya and refreshments were served while attendees visited under a large oak tree on the banks of the swamp. All attendees received a free South Central Chapter Society of Wetland Scientists t-shirt for participating.
The educational fundraising event was planned by Amber Robinson and Dr. John White, Louisiana Educational and Outreach Coordinators for the Louisiana South Central Chapter. Corporate sponsors for the guided swamp tour were HDR Engineering, Inc., Whitenton Group, JMB Burguieres Co., LTD and Delta Land Services.
The chapter anticipates hosting this swamp tour event annually to raise chapter funds and support the mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists - to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. If any local chapter members are interested in assisting with this event next year, please contact Amber Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2018 - Northwest Arkansas Birding Tour Centerton, AR
The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists hosted a Northwest Arkansas Birding Tour at the C. B. Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Centerton, Arkansas, on April 28th, 2018. Forty attendees enjoyed a beautiful day of birdwatching led by renowned ornithologist, Joe Neal. The tour began with an educational lecture by Joe Neal and then all hiked the grounds around the hatchery ponds. Thirty-three different species of birds were seen during the tour of the hatchery. Operated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the 141-acre hatchery has been designated by the Arkansas Audubon as an Important Bird Area.
Intended to be a family-friendly event, one-third of the attendees were children. The fundraising event was planned by Jodie Murray Burns, Arkansas Educational and Outreach Coordinator for the South Central Chapter, along with Eric Fuselier, South Central Chapter member. Coffee and doughnuts for the event were donated by Starbucks and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Corporate sponsors for the birding tour were Cattails Environmental, LLC, and Garver.
The chapter anticipates hosting this birding event annually to raise chapter funds and support the mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists - to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. If any local chapter members are interested in assisting with this event next year, please contact Jodie Murray Burns.
List of Birds Seen on April 28, 2018: Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Northern Shoveler duck, Blue-wing Teal ducks, Cliff swallow, Blue Heron, Spotted sandpiper, Green heron, Pied-Bill Grebe, Tree swallow, Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Killdeer,
Canada Goose, Carolina wren, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Double-crested cormorants, Bald Eagle, Purple Martin, Yellow warbler, Brown thrasher, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Eastern kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-Breasted grosbeak, Eurasian collared dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue jay, Cowbird, Red-tailed Hawk.
November 2016 - Fall Meeting Pensacola Beach, FL
Gulf Estuarine Research Society and Society of Wetland Scientists Fall 2016 Meeting
Nov 2 - 5, 2016
The Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) South-Central and South-Atlantic chapters are convening a meeting on November 2-5, 2016 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach on Pensacola Beach, Florida. The theme for this meeting is: "Connections across the Gulf Coast: Watersheds, Wetlands, and Waterways." Both societies emphasize mentoring and support for students and early career professionals in aquatic and wetland sciences in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Hilton Pensacola Beach
12 Via de Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
To make reservations, call: (850) 916-2999
Wednesday, November 2:
Workshops & Field Trips - classroom at GED
3:00 pm: US EPA Gulf Ecology Division Tour
Thursday, November 3:
8:00 am - 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Plenary speaker - Beth Middleton Research Ecologist USGS
9:30 am - 10:15 am: Contributed paper sessions - joint session
10:15 am - 10:30 am: Coffee break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Contributed paper sessions - joint session
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Two concurrent sessions
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Coffee break
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm: Two concurrent sessions
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Poster session and mixer
Friday, November 4:
8:00 am - 10:15 am: Concurrent sessions
10:15am - 10:30 am: Coffee break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Concurrent sessions
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Plenary speaker – John Day LSU
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Concurrent sessions
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: - Grad student panel
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Grad student awards
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: GERS business meeting & SWS business meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Banquet
Saturday, November 5:
Workshops & Field trips
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Gulf Islands National Seashore Tour
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pensacola Watershed Restoration Tour
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Macrobenthic Indicators Workshop
October 2015 - Fall Meeting Memphis, TN
24TH ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER
When: October 8-10th 2015
Where: the University of Memphis, Department of Biological Sciences & Department of Earth Sciences, 300 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152-3530
ANNOUNCEMENT: The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting its annual fall chapter meeting at the University of Memphis. Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Earth Sciences, the meeting will bring students, scientists, consultants, and other professionals together to present and discuss the cutting edge of wetland science and research. The meeting includes educational workshops, oral and poster presentations, a field trip to the Mount Tena Mitigation Bank, and an evening social.
PRE-MEETING WORKSHOP: (October 8, 2015, not included in regular registration costs. Non-Members registering for this workshop and who also wish to attend the general meeting will be allowed to register under the Members rate. Please check the appropriate boxes when registering).
In May of this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the EPA issued a new final definition of Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), which becomes effective in August. This new definition has been dubbed the “Clean Water Rule”. SWS is offering a half-day workshop digesting the new definition and how it will affect USACE and EPA jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The workshop will be led by long-time SWS member Matt Stahman of SWCA Environmental Consultants. There are three key sections of the new rule that we will review:
- definitions of eight categories of WOTUS (“A1 – A8 waters”), some of which are similar to previously defined WOTUS while some are new or have new interpretations
- definitions of what are not considered WOTUS, such as waste treatment systems, artificially irrigated areas, man-made lakes, stormwater control features, water-filled depressions associated with mining or construction, and other certain types of ditches
- definitions of key terms such as “neighboring”, “tributary” and “significant nexus” — with several significant changes from previous definitions — that affect agency interpretations and CWA Sections 404 and 402 permitting requirements
We will also review several implications of the new rule, including:
- Expanded CWA jurisdiction in parts of the country, especially where five special groups of similarly situated waters occur, including the Texas Gulf Coast
- Greater scrutiny of potential jurisdiction for ditches and other man-made waters
- Increased permitting requirements under CWA Section 404, as well as Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permits
- A likely increase in the permitting backlog will affect permittees’ project schedules and increase project costs associated with permitting and mitigation
How will this affect your business? Expanded CWA jurisdiction will affect land development, local governments, energy infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, and mining interests, among others. Projects that may not have needed CWA before may need those permits moving forward, affecting schedule, scope and costs. Costs for mitigation of impacts to WOTUS will also be a factor.
This workshop will use real-world examples to illustrate some of the nuances of the new rule and how they relate to your business, including land development, transportation, pipelines, facilities and other infrastructure.
FIELD TRIP: (October 10, 2015, included with registration)
Mount Tena Mitigation Bank: In 2014, Ducks Unlimited gained the approval of the 138 acres Mt Tena Creek Mitigation Bank. The MTCMB lies within the floodplain of the Wolf River at the confluence of Mount Tena Creek. Despite several hydrologic alterations the entire site except the ridge is created by sandy overwash, exhibited multiple primary and secondary indicators of wetland hydrology resulting from rainfall, direct runoff and seepage from adjacent upland areas.
Ducks Unlimited implemented the hydrology restoration in late 2014 and the reforestation in March 2015. The project was developed in partnership with the Wolf River Conservancy, which know holds the conservation easement on the property. Upon meeting the performance standards that the property will be transferred to the State of Tennessee and be available for the public to use as part of the over 6,000-acre state natural area/wildlife management area complex.
The Mt Tena Creek Mitigation Bank is an outstanding example of utilizing compensatory mitigation to achieve an established conservation goal of multiple public and private partners.
LODGING: The Holiday Inn and Fogelman Center will offer discounted room rates for the chapter meeting. A block of rooms will be reserved and more may be added if necessary. Reservations must be made 30 days in advance to secure the discounted rate. Use "SWS" as your discount code. Both locations offer shuttles to and from the airport.
Holiday Inn Memphis – University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
Fogelman Executive Conference Center & Hotel Business Office
330 Innovation Drive, Suite 206
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Ph: 901/678-5410 | Fax: 901/678-5329
EVENING SOCIAL EVENT: Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Also on-site, the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.
ABSTRACTS: Students can submit their presentation abstracts to Kevin Janni, email@example.com. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and the deadline is September 25, 2015.
STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS: (Deadline: 9/18/15) Six (6) travel awards of $100 will be offered to student members of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Please submit a letter and budget to Kevin Janni, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com consideration.
October 2014 - Fall Meeting Corpus Christi, TX
23ND ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5869
October 23-25th, 2014, Corpus Christi TX
Registration fees will be $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands. Register for this great meeting today!
Students - 2nd call for abstracts
Students it is time to show off your research. Share your interesting research with other wetland scientists at the Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter in Corpus Christi, TX from October 23rd-25th, 2014. If you are a student researching any aspect of wetlands, all you have to do is submit an abstract of 300 words or less to Robert Kroger at by September 26, 2014. Acceptance of your abstract will be by email.
Student Travel Awards. This year, SCC is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Robbie Kroger at by September 26, 2014. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response that your application was received, please follow up with an email to Robbie.
Accommodation – Block Room
The Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter has secured a room block with Comfort suites near Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (1814 Ennis Joslin, Corpus Christi, TX, 78412). The room block code is Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter Group. The room block has s fixed cutoff date of September 12th to get the rate of $97 for either a king or queen, single or double room.
Best Student Presentation Awards
SCC will give away two awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards of $800 for first place and $600 for second place, to attend the 2015 SWS meeting in Rhode Island, MA, May 31-June 4th, 2015.
Tentative Meeting Agenda
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127
Thursday, October 23rd
Hydric Soils and Hydrology Workshop October 23 (9am-5pm)
This workshop will focus on hydric soils and hydrology per the US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement(s). This workshop has classroom and field components. The course will cover hydrology, soil taxonomy, chemistry, structure, and soil profile development (e.g., matrix color, redoximorphic characteristics, concentrations/depletions, etc.) as it relates to field indicators of hydrology and hydric soils. The instructor will present information describing the required indicators for hydric soils and wetland hydrology.
Classroom -9am to 12pm
Lunch on your own
Field Component – 1-30 to 5
Location: HARTE Research Institute, Conference room 127
Instructor: Dr. Richard Griffin, CPSSc - Prairie View A&M University National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils
Dr. Griffin serves as a University representative on the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils (NTCHS) to ensure that hydric and wetland soils issues are supported by scientific knowledge gained from field and laboratory research projects. He assisted in the review and testing of the hydric soil indicators for the Regional Supplement. Dr. Griffin also helped establish testing which allowed several of the hydric soil indicators and problem soil notes, specific to the Texas Gulf Coast Prairie, be included in the Regional Supplement.
Friday, October 24th
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127
7:30am – 9:00am Registration.
9:00am – 12:00pm – Professional Talks. Talks include a discussion from USACE on the new waters of the US ruling, a talk from GLO on the use of LIDAR for wetland mapping, and an update on RESTORE activities.
12:00 – 2:00pm Lunch on your own.
2:00pm – 5:00pm Field Trip to Port Aransas. Transport to Port Aransas will be provided as necessary. This will be an afternoon that is for everyone to choose their pleasure – whether it's looking at coastal marsh, birding with some of our local chapter experts, or experiencing the Gulf of Mexico.
Friday evening Social – downtown Corpus. Location TBD
Saturday, October 25th
Harte Research Institute conference room HRI 127
7:30am – 8:30am
Registration. 8:30am – 11:00am Student Presentations
11:30am – Student Awards presented and meeting adjournment.
Call for registration will be coming soon and will include more details about the meeting. Registration fees will be tentatively $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands.
October 2013 - Fall Meeting Starkville, MS
22ND ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER:
WHEN: October 17-19th, 2013
WHERE: Mississippi State University, Starkvill, MS
Call for abstracts
Share your research! If you are a student researching any aspect of wetlands, submit your abstract of 300 words or less to Robert Kroger by September 15, 2013.
Student Travel Awards
This year, the South Central Chapter is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Robert Kroger by September 15, 2013.
Best Student Presentation Awards
The South Central Chapter will give away four awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards of $800 for first place and $600 for second place and the two best posters will receive $400 and $200 for first and second place respectively, to attend the 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (SFS, SWS, PSA and ASLO) May 18-23, 2014.
(there will be an additional charge for the workshops, price to be determined) The exact nature of the workshop has yet to be determined.
Tentative Meeting Agenda
All activities will occur on the campus of Mississippi State University, Starkville MS in Thompson Hall.
Workshops will be conducted on Thursday, October 17. Invited presentations will be scheduled for Friday morning followed by Friday afternoon field trips. There will be a Friday evening social gathering. Student presentations will be scheduled for Saturday. Depending on a number of student presentations this may start as early as Friday morning. Stay tuned, more details about the meeting will be coming soon.
Tentative Registration Information Call for registration will be coming soon and will include more details about the meeting. Registration fees will be tentative $50/person (member) or $145/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members and $25 for student non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and a one-year online subscription the journal Wetlands.
October 2012 - Fall Meeting Fort Worth, TX
21ST ANNUAL FALL MEETING OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER:
WHEN: October 18-19th, 2012
WHERE: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
VIEW MEETING LOCATION MAP
ANNOUNCEMENT: The South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting its annual fall chapter meeting at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). The meeting will bring students, scientists, consultants, and other professionals together to present and discuss the cutting edge of wetland science and research. The meeting includes educational workshops, oral and poster presentations, a field trip to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, a BRIT tour and plant walk, and an evening social.
LODGING: The Holiday Inn Express in downtown Fort Worth will offer discounted room rates for the chapter meeting. Twenty rooms will be reserved and more may be added if necessary. Reservations must be made 45 days in advance to secure the discounted rate. Use "Society of Wetland Scientists" as your discount code. The Holiday Inn Express offers complimentary shuttle services anywhere within a 3 mile radius of the hotel – this includes transportation to and from BRIT, Will Rogers Center, TCU, the Stockyards, the Cultural District, the Medical District, Downtown, etc.
Holiday Inn Express
1111 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76102
PRE-MEETING WORKSHOPS: (October 18, 2012, not included in regular registration costs. Non-Members registering for this workshop and who also wish to attend the general meeting will be allowed to register under the Members rate. Please check the appropriate boxes when registering).
Texas Wetland & Stream Functional Assessments: USACE Galveston (iHGM & Stream Condition Assessment SOP) and Fort Worth Districts (TXRAM): (8 am – 5 pm). This workshop will include both a presentation of the methods and their application on specific case studies. The morning session will focus on the mechanics of the functional assessment methodologies. The afternoon session will focus on their application to specific case studies and a comparison of wetland and stream mitigation requirements and costs that result from using each method. Lunch will be provided.
Workshop Instructors: Matt Stahman (Past-President, South Central Chapter, SWCA Environmental Consultants), Jody Schaap (SWCA Environmental Consultants), Ricky Wilson (HDR Engineering, Inc.)
FIELD TRIP: (October 19, 2012, included with registration)
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: Located just outside the DFW metroplex, the mission of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is to educate the public and provide research opportunities in the areas of water quality and supply, wildlife management, and wetland systems. These ideas reflect the vision of Bunker Sands, who directed the creation of over 2,100 wetland acres, including the site of the East Fork Wetland, developed and operated by North Texas Municipal Water District. The East Fork Wetland includes approximately 1,840 acres of wetland habitat and is one of the largest constructed wetlands in the United States.
BRIT TOUR AND PLANT WALK: (October 19, 2012, included with registration) BRIT staff will be providing tours of the collections, grounds and facilities, highlighting botanical resources, sustainable features and innovative landscaping designs. The tour will last about 2 hours. Please be prepared to be standing or walking for the majority of the tour, which will include time spent outdoors.
EVENING SOCIAL EVENT: TBA
STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS: (Deadline: 9/19/12) Six (6) travel awards of $100 will be offered to student members of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Please submit a letter and budget to Carol Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
October 2011 - Fall Meeting Lafayette, LA
Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
October 20-22, 2011, Lafayette, LA
USGS National Wetlands Research Center (view map)
We encourage you to register online, however, if you prefer, Click here to download the registration form (Microsoft Word is required).
The conference theme is "Challenges to Achieving a Resilient Gulf of Mexico Coast."
Student Travel Awards
This year, SCC is giving away six student travel awards of $100 each to help with travel costs for attending the chapter meeting. Preference will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini-CV (one page), a short statement of future wetland interest, and budget justification to Carol Thompson at email@example.com by September 10, 2011. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response that your application was received, please follow up with an email to Carol.
Best Student Presentation Awards
SCC will give away two awards for best student presentations. The best two papers will receive travel awards ($800 for first place and $400 for second place) to attend the joint INTECOL-Wetlands and SWS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida June 3-8, 2012.
(there will be an additional charge for the workshops, see registration form)
Wetland Functional Assessments: Practical Application for Determining Wetland Mitigation on the Gulf Coast
- Matt Stahman, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Houston, TX
- This workshop will be held at the Estuarine Habitat and Coastal Fisheries Center (view map)
**Only 4 seats left, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-968-2029 before you register to make sure there is room.
This workshop will focus on the practical application of current wetland functional assessments used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg, New Orleans, Fort Worth, and Galveston Districts. This full-day workshop will teach Charleston Method, Modified Charleston Method, TXRAM, and HGM using real-world project examples. Results from each method will then be compared to available mitigation bank credits using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' on-line RIBITS mitigation database. Workshop attendees will be taught how to calculate projected wetland mitigation costs for projects requiring Clean Water Act permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
An Overview of Field Identification of Louisiana's Coastal Wetland Plants Larry Allain, Botanist, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA
This one day class includes a discussion of field identification characters of common wetland plants and hands-on identification of herbarium and freshly collected plant specimens. During the afternoon session, the class will visit a wetland to practice identification skills.
This workshop will be held at the USGS Wetlands Center (view map)
(depart Friday at 12:45pm from NWRC, return in time for social)
The Sherburne WMA is operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This WMA lies in the floodplain of the Atchafalaya River, which is the 5th largest river in North America in terms of discharge. Most of the Sherburne WMA is classified as bottomland hardwood forests; it has been isolated from normal spring floods since the mid-1900s but often is flooded by backwater flooding from the Atchafalaya River. In 2011 it received a direct spring flood from the Mississippi River for the first time since the mid-1900s when the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time since its construction in the 1950s. Attendees will visit Moist Soil Management Units to learn about artificial wetlands managed for shorebirds and waterfowl learn more (pdf). Attendees also will visit thinned and un-thinned forests to learn about forest structure and habitat quality for migratory songbirds learn more (pdf). Finally, attendees might return to Lafayette via Krotz Springs and visit Billy's MiniMart to learn about craklins, boudin, and boudin balls.
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation. Historically, Rockefeller wintered as many as 400,000-plus waterfowl annually, but severe declines in the continental duck population due to drought and poor habitat quality on the breeding grounds have altered Louisiana's wintering population. In addition to ducks, geese, and coots, numerous shorebirds and wading birds either migrate through or overwinter in Louisiana's coastal marshes. Neotropical migrant passerines also use the shrubs and trees on levees and other "upland" areas of the refuge as a rest stop on their trans-Gulf journeys to and from Central and South America. Common resident animals include mottled ducks, nutria, muskrat, rails, raccoon, mink, otter, opossum, white-tailed deer, and alligators. An abundant fisheries population provides recreational opportunities to fishermen seeking shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and largemouth bass, among others.
Since 1954 Rockefeller Refuge has been a test site for various marsh management strategies, including levees, weirs, and several types of water control structures utilized to enhance marsh health and waterfowl food production. Eleven impoundments are currently in place with some manner of water control. The basic management scenario utilized on Rockefeller is to stabilize water levels and reduce salinities to encourage the growth of submerged aquatics and, in the fresher units, spring and summer draw-downs encourage the production of annual emergents. Rockefeller staff are involved in a wide range of research projects. Rockefeller Refuge is probably best known for pioneering research into alligator ranching, physiology, and life-history. Statewide brown pelican and bald eagle restoration and monitoring are also conducted from Rockefeller. Applied marsh management, waterfowl habitat management, and mottled duck population dynamics are other research topics ongoing at the refuge.
Social and Supper
UL Alumni Center
corner St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Drive
5 to 8 pm Friday
For this event, we are partnering with the UL Department of Communication for their 12th Annual Fish and Game Fiest. We will be treated to choices of numerous dishes cooked by local chefs and alumni, a taste of the bounty provided by Louisiana's wetlands (shrimp, oyster, trout, redfish, turtle, alligator, duck, goose, deer, nutria, etc.). Beer and wine will be provided at no additional cost, and live traditional Cajun music will be provided by world-renowned Les Freres Michot, featuring our own Tommy Michot and his brothers.
20 rooms have been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn, for $89/night.
Use group code SWS when registering.
Rooms will be held until 10/5/11.
2350 West Congress Street
October 2010 - Fall Meeting Oxford, MS
Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter Fall Meeting
October 21 - 23, 2010, Oxford, MS
The annual South Central Chapter meeting will be held in Oxford, MS, from October 21-23, 2010. The overall theme for the meeting is ‘Wetlands in a landscape context’. The meeting will start with optional workshops on Thursday. All presentations (poster and podium) are scheduled for Friday and Saturday and will be held at the University of Mississippi Field Station (UMFS). A field trip to the USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory will be held late Friday morning. The Friday night social and mixer will be held at Parrish’s (just off the historic Oxford Square).
Thursday, October 21
9.00 AM – 3.30 PM
Crayfish Ecology and Identification in the Southern USA
The University of Mississippi Field Station
The workshop will focus on general taxonomy, biology, and ecology of crayfishes in the southern U.S and will be hosted by Dr. Susie Adams, ecologist, US Forest Service Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Oxford, MS. She has graduate degrees in Fisheries Management and in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the U of Idaho and the U of Montana, respectively. She has conducted fish, crayfish, and amphibian research in wetlands, roadside ditches, streams, large rivers, and lakes and recently created a Crayfishes of Mississippi website.
Click here for more details about UMFS. The main goals of the workshop will be to facilitate a better understanding of crayfishes in the context of other studies and to practice crayfish sampling techniques. Participants will learn enough crayfish anatomy to begin identifying specimens. The depth of the topic will depend on the interests of the participants. Specimens of numerous genera and species, as well as dissecting scopes, will be available for some practice with identification. Various sampling methods will also be discussed and several of them will be tried out in the afternoon on the grounds of the Field Station. There should be plenty of time available to discuss the areas of interest to participants. Resource lists for further reading will be provided. Bring hip or chest waders if possible. Box lunches will be provided.
9.00 AM – 3.30 PM
Using and Applying Geographic Information Systems to Wetlands
Room 238, The Geoinformatics Lab, Old Chemistry Building, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
The University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center (UMGC) is a multi-disciplinary research center conducting research in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIS&T). UMGC has conducted research with faculty and graduate students from the various departments including Biology, Computer and Information Science, Geology and Geological Engineering, Sociology and Anthropology, School of Business, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. UMGC strives to improve the understanding, usage and access to geospatial information for all areas of interest by conducting and disseminating research in GIS&T and remote sensing. UMGC also develops and hosts community-relevant applications and workshops. UMGC will be hosting a one day workshop highlighting the use and application of GIS&T for wetlands and environmental scientists. The workshop will focus on the basics of GIS while including information and tips on applying GIS to environmental applications. The GIS workshop will be a full-day workshop conducted by Hal Robinson, Associate Director, University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center. It will be held at the Geoinformatics lab on the main campus of the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Box lunches will be provided.
6.00 – 9.00 PM
SWS SCC Board Meeting, Old Taylor Grocery, Taylor, MS
Friday, October 22
Education building, The University of Mississippi Field Station, Abbeville, MS
|8.00 – 9.00 AM||Registration and Coffee|
|8.30 AM||Posters go up|
|8.45 – 9.00 AM||Welcome and overview of meeting Marge Holland and Matt Stahman|
|9.00 – 9.30 AM||Ray Highsmith, Director, UM Field Station|
|9.30 – 10.00 AM||Mel Warren, USDA Forest Service|
|10.00 – 10.15 AM||Coffee Break|
|10.15 – 10.45 AM||Martin Locke, USDA ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory|
|10.45 – 12.30 PM||Field Trip to USDA ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory|
|12.30 – 1.30 PM||Box Lunch at UMFS and Poster viewing|
|1.30 – 2.30 PM||Chapter business meeting|
|2.30 – 2.50 PM||Andrew W McDonnell, Mississippi State University|
|2.50 – 3.10 PM||Justin J Geise, University of Memphis|
|3.10 – 3.30 PM||Sajag Adhikari, University of North Texas|
|3.30 – 3.50 PM||Coffee break and Poster viewing|
|3.50 – 4.10 PM||Josef Hoffmann, Louisiana State University|
|4.10 – 4.30 PM||Elizabeth Usborne, Mississippi State University|
|4.30 – 4.50 PM||Rick Zarate, University of North Texas|
|4.50 - 5.10 PM||Melissa Koontz, University of Memphis|
|6.00 – 9.00 PM||Reception at Parrish’s pub (Just off The Square, Oxford, MS)|
Saturday, October 23
Education building, The University of Mississippi Field Station, Abbeville, MS
Welcome Student Presentations
|8.30 – 8.45 AM||Welcome|
|8.45 – 9.05 AM||Rani Menon, University of Mississippi|
|9.05 – 9.25 AM||Tyler J Stubbs, Mississippi State University|
|9.25 – 9.45 AM||Traci C Hudson, Arkansas State University|
|9.45 – 10.05 AM||Bishnu R Twanabasu, University of North Texas|
|10.05 – 10.25 AM||Coffee break and Poster viewing|
|10.25 – 10.45 AM||Justyn R Foth, Mississippi State University|
|10.45 – 11.05 AM||Huy Vu, University of Houston|
|11.05 – 11.25 AM||Alex Littlejohn, Mississippi State University|
|11.25 – 11.45 AM||Jordan Sloop, University of North Texas|
|11.45 AM – 12.00 PM||Judges deliberate|
|12.00- 12.15 PM||Presentation of awards and adjournment|
Click here for a general map showing the Old Chemistry Building, The Oxford square and the UM Field Station.
Click here for directions to the field station. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the University of Mississippi Oxford campus.
We will not be booking a block of rooms exclusively for the meeting. A list of hotels with price ranges and amenities can be found at http://www.oxfordcvb.com/lodging.html.
October 2009 - Fall Meeting Denton, TX
Oct 22-24, 2009
Constructed and Natural Wetlands in Urban Landscapes
The South Central Chapter (SCC) of SWS will hold their Fall 2009 chapter meeting at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX on October 22-24, 2009. The meeting will be held in the Environmental Education Science and Technology Building, which houses the UNT Institute of Applied Sciences, the Department of Geography, the Sky Theater, and other programs focused on the environment. Additional information on the meeting location can be found at http://www.cep.unt.edu/eesat.html.
The meeting agenda will include a workshop entitled “GIS Applications: Wetland Hydrology” and a field trip to two constructed wetlands south of Dallas (Oct. 22). The scientific agenda will focus principally on constructed and natural wetlands in urban landscapes and will begin with a plenary session on Friday morning (Oct. 23) and transition to a contributed session in the afternoon. A social is scheduled for Friday night at the Lewisville Aquatic Research Facility (Oct. 23), and the meeting will culminate with student talks on Saturday morning (Oct. 24). The meeting will adjourn by noon on Saturday.
Call for Papers
We are currently soliciting papers on all aspects of wetland science for the afternoon contributed session on October 23 (non-student) and the student paper competition on Saturday, October 24. If you are interested in presenting at this meeting, please submit your title and abstract of 300 words or less to Julia Cherry (email@example.com) by Friday, September 11, 2009. Please designate whether you are a non-student or a student presenter. The receipt of your abstract will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response within one week, please resend your abstract or call Julia Cherry at 205-348-8416.
Student Travel Awards
This year, SCC will support a total of 6 student travel awards for $100 each to help defray minor costs associated with attending the chapter meeting. We do not require that students present a paper to receive these awards, but preference will be given to students presenting their research at the chapter meeting. Students from the same school or lab group can apply and are welcome to pool requests. Interested students should submit a mini- CV (one page), a short statement of research, industry, or regulatory interest, and budget justification to Julia Cherry (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, September 11, 2009. Receipt of travel award applications will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a response within one week, please resend your application or call Julia Cherry at 205-348-8416.
Best Student Presentation
The two students judged to have presented the best papers at the Fall Chapter Meeting will receive travel awards to attend the SWS National Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 27 – July 2, 2010. The awards for first and second place are $800 and $400, respectively.
Attending the Meeting
A call for registration will be posted by mid-August of 2009, and will include specific details about the meeting. Registration fees will be $45/person (member) or $135/person (non-member). Student registration will be free for members, and $30 for non-members. Non-member registration includes an annual membership to SWS and a one-year subscription to the journal Wetlands. Fees for the workshop, field trip, and social have not been determined yet but will be in addition to the registration fees listed above.
We will not be reserving a block of rooms this year, as there are a number of reasonably priced hotels located near the UNT campus. Instead, we have compiled a list of hotels, their price ranges and amenities for your information. Click here to download (Adobe Acrobat Required).
October 2008 - Fall Meeting Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Combined South Central Chapter & South Atlantic Chapter Fall Meeting
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
October 9-11, 2008
Climate Change, Wetlands, and Water Resources of the Southeast
The South Central Chapter (SCC) and South Atlantic Chapter (SAC) of SWS held their annual Fall 2008 combined chapter meeting at the University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa on October 9-11, 2008. The meeting was held in Shelby Hall, which houses the UA Chemistry Department and several new lecture auditoriums and break rooms.
The meeting agenda (posted above) began with a workshop on Thursday, October 9, entitled “Identification of Common Plants and Trees in Central Alabama”. This workshop was conducted by Dr. John Clark (University of Alabama) and was attended by 9 scientists. A separate field trip on that same day was led by Mr. Randy Mecredy (Alabama Museum of Natural History) and took meeting participants on a guided tour of Perry Lakes.
The scientific agenda began on Friday morning and focused principally on climate change, water resources, and southeastern wetlands. The program was introduced by Drs. David Francko (Graduate School Dean, University of Alabama) and Julia A. Cherry (University of Alabama). The Keynote agenda included talks by Drs. Doug Phillips (Discovering Alabama), Karen L. McKee (USGS National Wetlands Research Center), Michael Steinberg (University of Alabama), B. Graeme Lockaby (Auburn University), and Susan Walls (USGS Florida Integrated Science Center). Eleven contributed talks followed and addressed a collective audience of approximately 50 people.
Student talks began on Saturday morning and consisted of 12 presentations. The students with the best paper (oral presentation) from each chapter were provided with a $600 travel award to attend the SWS National Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin on June 22-26, 2009. Jamie A. Duberstein (Clemson University) delivered the best student paper from the South Atlantic Chapter, and Rani Menon (University of Mississippi) delivered the best student paper from the South Central Chapter. Because judging was so close, two additional students were recognized with awards: Sajag Adhikari (University of North Texas) and Paul Tidwell (Arkansas Tech University). We would like to congratulate all students for participating in this meeting, and look forward to their future contributions to wetland science.
The meeting was successful in recruiting 23 new members to SWS. Meeting sponsors included the University of Alabama New College, University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences, Alabama Museum of Natural History, and GEC, Inc. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Julia A. Cherry (Meeting Host), Assistant Professor, New College and Biological Sciences, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Dr. Ken W. Krauss (South Central Chapter President), Research Ecologist, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana; or Kimberli J. Ponzio (South Atlantic Chapter President), Environmental Scientist, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, Florida.
October 2007 - Fall Meeting Memphis, TN
October 4-6, 2007
The South Central Chapter held their 2007 Annual Fall Meeting October 4-6 in Memphis, Tennessee. The meeting was hosted by Chapter President Gary Pritts at the facilities of EnSafe Inc., an environmental consulting firm. There were 23 attendees which included 7 new members.
The one-day workshop “Overview and Introduction to the use of GPS and GIS” held on October 4 that was lead by Scott Burliegh and Matt Stahman of SWCA. The workshop provided participants with basic knowledge on setting up GPS equipment to collect required field data and how to post-process the data once returning from the field. For the field activity, participants were taken to a site currently being monitored as a wetland mitigation site. This provided everyone the opportunity to collect data on various parameters observed at this type of wetland system. Kevin Bingham (EnSafe) led the section dealing with GIS setup. The introduction to GIS provided information on how the data is used in conducting various analyses and creating final map products.
The technical presentations held in round-table fashion on Friday morning began with Rob Bailey talking on the inter-workings of the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program (TSMP) and similar programs in other states. Other talks presented by Roger Allen from the Army Corp of Engineers Memphis District included new regional supplement guidance to the 87’ Wetland Delineation Manual and new requirements in determining ACOE jurisdiction brought on by the recent Rapanos decision. The afternoon brought the chapter business meeting followed by a short field trip to the William B. Clark Wetland Preserve and Boardwalk. At the business meeting, members were informed of recent issues voted on by the chapter board such as “Mechanisms for Addressing Future Requests for Meeting Sponsorships/Donations and Student Travel Funds”. This year, the South Central Chapter has received several requests for donations or meeting sponsorships. The SCC board voted to provide $1000.00 annually to be used toward this purpose. In addition to the sponsorships of other organizations, the SCC Board wanted to increase student participation at our meeting and voted to provide a $100.00 travel fund for up to 6 students wanting to attend the Fall Chapter meeting but was unable to do so to lack of funding. In the evening, the Friday night social was held at the local Fox and Hound English Pub where participants gathered to chat with old friends, make new ones, shoot pool and play ping pong.
Saturday brought on the student presentations and competition. Five students from our chapter presented their work in competition for a $600.00 travel award to the 2008 International Meeting to be held in Washington DC and the honor to represent the South Central Chapter while presenting their work at this meeting. All five student presentations were excellent; however, only one person can be selected for the award and this year the travel award was presented to Samuel Pierce for his presentation of “Nutrient Concentrations in Mesocosms of Leersia oryzoides (Rice Cutgrass) Exposed to Variable Flooding”.
As the 2007 year comes to a close, the South Central Chapter is now excepting nominations for two board member positions and the president-elect position that is up for election in 2008. If you like to nominate someone or yourself, please contact Andy Nyman at email@example.com.
October 2006 - Fall Meeting Vicksburg, Mississippi
October 5-7, 2006
The South Central Chapter held its' Annual Fall Meeting October 5th through the 7th in Vicksburg Mississippi. The meeting was hosted by Sally Yost, Buddy Clarain and others who work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC, Waterways Experiment Station). There were 41 attendees including nine new members.
There was a one-day workshop in which new regionalization efforts to delineation were introduced, an afternoon field trip exploring the geomorphology of wetlands, technical presentations, and a student presentation competition. Technical presentations addressed a range of issues from alligators and nutria (Paul Keddy, Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University), through potential impacts of the SWANCC decision on regulatory wetlands (Beth Guynes, Chief, Regulatory Division, Vicksburg District, COE). Melinda Coogan (University of North Texas) won the student presentation competition with her presentation of "Algal Bioaccumulation of Antimicrobials in a North Texas Wastewater Treatment Plant Receiving Stream." Ms. Coogan was awarded a $600 travel stipend so that she can present her research at the upcoming meeting in Sacramento, California.
One of the presentations was by Dr. Jeneke Visser (Associate Professor, Lousiana State University) regarding her participation 10-13 January 2006 in a delegation of federal, state, and local elected officials, as well as business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental organizations to the Netherlands. They were invited by the Dutch Ambassador Boudewijn Johannes van Eenennaam to observe first-hand the operations and planning of their world-class flood protection system. The South Central Chapter paid for her travel costs to and from The Netherlands, but the Dutch government paid all expenses while the delegation was in The Netherlands. A summary of that trip and the itinerary were provided at last years' mid-year Board Meeting. Dr. Visser noted that the Dutch illustrate that an economy can be built on land below sea-level. But they realize that as land subsides and water levels rise, the struggle to protect investments will get increasingly difficult. She also noted that Dutch scientists are advocating a new strategy that is less about fighting the water and more about finding ways to live with the water. New efforts include the allocation of more space to the riverbed and restoring the wetlands that absorb excess water during floods. Coastal protection planning includes the creation of marshes, can maintain their elevation relative to sea-level, in front of levees to protect the levee footing and reduce levee maintenance costs - visit www.comcoast.org for more information.
At the business meeting, members voted to split the duties of the Secretary/Treasurer. Elections for those new offices, and all other offices, will be solicited in the spring.
In addition to bringing in nine new members (6 regular, 3 students), the meeting brought in approximately $1,900 more than it cost. The low cost of the meeting largely resulted from holding the meeting at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC, Waterways Experiment Station). Sally Yost and Buddy Clarain are the members who work there and also worked long and hard to host our meeting there.
October 2005 - Fall Meeting San Marcos, TX
San Marcos, Texas
Texas State University
October 5-8, 2005
Springs and Things: Importance of Groundwater, Riparian Areas and Wetlands in a Changing Watershed
Thursday, October 6
8:00 – 5:00. Wetland and Riparian Plant ID. Meet at the Lobby of the Holiday Inn Express. (see map)
6:30 – 10:00. Social, Dinner and porch sitting at Scott Jecker’s house. 715 Stagecoach, (512) 470-7195. Maps will be provided. Make plans to carpool with fellow participants.
Friday, October 7
7:30 – 8:20. Registration, check-in, coffee and continental breakfast
8:20. Welcome to San Marcos and Housekeeping – Jeff Raasch, President of the South Central Chapter.
Plenary: Water Issues in Texas
8:30. TEXAS WATER AND WILDLIFE - Cindy Loeffler, Water Resources Branch Chief,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
9:00. AQUIFERS IN TEXAS—WET SANDS AND WETLANDS - Robert Mace, Director of the
Groundwater Division, Texas Water Development Board
9:30. A HYDROLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF SELECTED EDWARDS PLATEAU SPRINGS. Chad Norris, Aquatic Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
10:00. THE THREE PHASES OF LAND USE CHANGE: IMPLICATIONS FOR WETLANDS AND BIODIVERSITY – Michael Huston, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Texas State University.
10:30 – 10:50. Break
10:50. RESTORATION OF THE LOWER SAN MARCOS RIVER: REMOVAL OF THE EXOTIC PLANT CRYPTOCORYNE BECKETTII AND RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIVES - Robert D. Doyle & Melissa Mullins, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX, Paula Power & Valentin Cantu, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish Hatchery, San Marcos, TX
11:10. STREAM RESTORATION DESIGN – THE RATIONAL APPROACH – Lee W. Forbes, Senior Engineer, C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates.
11:30. VEGETATED BUFFERS - INCORPORATION OF STREAM BUFFERS INTO THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS - Mike Lyday, City of Austin.
11:50 – 1:30. Lunch on your own.
1:40. STREAMLINED WETLAND DELINEATION METHODOLOGY AND VEGETATION COMMUNITY MAPPING OF THE PINEYWOODS MITIGATION AND CONSERVATION AREA IN THE NECHES RIVER CORRIDOR - James A. Thomas, Environmental Scientist, HDR Inc., Jack Bauer, Land Conservation Program Director and Duane German, Ecologist / Remote Sensing Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
2:00. GOOSE ISLAND SHORELINE STABILIZATION AND RESTORATION OF ADJACENT AQUATIC HABITATS IN ARANSAS BAY, TEXAS - Kay Jenkins, Natural Resources Coordinator, State Parks Region 2, Rockport, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
2:20. FRESHWATER, NON-TIDAL WETLAND LOSS IN THE LOWER GALVESTON BAY WATERSHED: A RAPID ASSESSMENT METHOD USING GIS AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Dr. John S. Jacob, Ricardo Lopez; Marissa Sipocz, Texas Coastal Watershed Program.
2:40 LAKE WACO WETLAND: HABITAT, RESEARCH AND WATER QUALITY. Robert D. Doyle, Sharon Conry, and J. Thad Scott – Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX and Tom Conry – City of Waco.
3:00 – 3:20 Break
3:20 WETLAND MITIGATION: REGULATORY CHALLENGES FACED BY A COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT – Denise Bonner & Michele Wilkins - Harris County Flood Control District, Matthew Stahman, PWS - SWCA, Inc.
3:40. CURRENT PROBLEMS AND TRENDS WITH DELINEATION OF THE OHWM AND FRINGE WETLANDS IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - Michele Wilkins - Harris County Flood Control District
4:00. ESTIMATING FRESHWATER INFLOW NEEDS FOR TEXAS BAYS: A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE METHODOLOGY USED BY TEXAS AND ITS RESULTS FOR SABINE LAKE – Nathan Kuhn, Coastal Ecologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
4:20. GULF COAST JOINT VENTURE OVERVIEW: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE – Jeff Raasch, State Wetland Program Leader and GCJV Management Board Member, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Barry Wilson, GCJV Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
5:15 – 6:00. Tubing 101 on the San Marcos River. This will be a short trip just to get a taste of the laid back nature of a river float. Take out will be at the River Pub, but everyone has to float the Chute. Bring a towel and a change of clothes if you want. We will shuttle everyone one back to their vehicle. A small fee may be needed for the tube.
5:30 – 9:00. Social and Dinner on the Deck of the River Pub. You will be able to watch the tubers float by. Food is included in the registration fee, but you will be responsible for your own adult beverages.
Saturday, October 8
Student Paper Competition – The winning paper will receive a roundtrip plane ticket to attend and present at the upcoming International meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists in Cairns, Australia.
8:20. CHANGES IN VEGETATION COMPOSITION IN CONSTRUCTED WET PONDS IN CENTRAL TEXAS. Margaret M. Russell, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
8:40. NITROGEN USE EFFICIENCY OF CYPERUS HASPAN, A C3 SEDGE, AND CYPERUS STRIGOSUS, A C4 SEDGE, IN GREENHOUSE EXPERIMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FIELD STATION. Alison A. Faulkner and Marjorie M. Holland - University of Mississippi Department of Biology, Oxford, MS and M.T. Moore and C.M. Cooper - USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory, Oxford, MS.
9:00. NITROGEN FIXATION AND NATURAL ABUNDANCE OF NITROGEN ISOTOPES IN WETLAND PERIPHYTON COMMUNITIES. J. Thad Scott and Robert D. Doyle - Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
9:20. IMPACTS OF MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES AT RICHLAND CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, TEXAS. Daniel P. Collins and Warren C. Conway - Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX and Corey D. Mason and Jeffrey W. Gunnels – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
9:40 – 10:00. Break
10:00. NUTRIENT THROUGH FLOW, DEPOSITION AND ASSIMILATION IN AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE DITCHES: WHEN AND HOW DO NUTRIENTS MOVE? Kröger, R and Marjorie M. Holland - University of Mississippi Department of Biology, Oxford, MS and M.T. Moore and C.M. Cooper - USDA-ARS National Sedimentation laboratory, Oxford, MS
10:20. PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE OF LABORATORY-SCALE CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS TREATING TANNERY EFFLUENTS. Gabriela Dotro and Paul Palazolo – Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN and Daniel Larsen - of Earth Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
10:40. DESIGN OF AQUACULTURE EFFLUENT TREATMENT WETLANDS SUBJECT TO INTERMITTENT LOADING. Brian E. Dyson and V. Uddameri, Department of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
11:00 – 11:15. Break.
11:15 – 1:00. Chapter Business meeting and the announcement of the Student Paper Award. Light lunch will be provided.
March 2005 - Forum Pensacola Beach, FL
Pensacola Beach, Florida
March 30 - April 2, 2005
Communication and Collaboration: Coastal Systems of the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States
- SWS-SC – South Central Chapter of Society of Wetland Scientists
- SWS-SA – South Atlantic Chapter of SWS
- GERS - Gulf Estuarine Research Society (Gulf Chapter of ERF)
- USEPA - Gulf Ecology Division, Pensacola Beach, FL
THEME: Communication and Collaboration: Coastal Systems of the
Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States
This first-ever, multi-organizational meeting provided a unique opportunity for coastal scientists and environmental resource managers to acquire current information regarding the response of coastal ecosystems to anthropogenic pressures. The objective was to provide a forum that encouraged a mutual exchange of recent scientific findings, ideas and concepts and the development of new (or enhancement of existing) professional relationships within our unique ecoregion. This event provided many wetland and estuary scientists with the opportunity to develop technical exchange and collaborations among the research, regulatory, and conservation programs representing the Southeastern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Graduate student members of each represented society competed for student travel awards for attendance at future international meetings.
October 2003 - Fall Meeting Lake Texoma, Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma
School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
University of Oklahoma Biological Station
Lake Texoma, Oklahoma
For the first time, Oklahoma hosted the SWS South Central Chapter Annual Meeting. In addition to workshops, invited speakers, field trips and the student presentation competition, the unique and beautiful lakeshore location provided an excellent environment for technical information sharing, networking and social activities.
The meeting was held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS), located on the shores of Lake Texoma, an impoundment of the Red and Washita Rivers along the Oklahoma-Texas border. UOBS facilities include apartments, dorms, kitchen/dining area, classrooms, library, computer labs, maintenance shop, boathouses, lab and office space, a research park and recreational facilities (including a pavilion, basketball court, horseshoe pit and volleyball nets) all situated on 30 acres of shoreline. An adjoining 282 acres of lowlands are leased from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. To find out more about UOBS facilities, please visit http://www.ou.edu/uobs/.
October 2002 - Fall Meeting Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
The South Central Chapter would like to thank the following people and organizations for contributing in various capacities and helping make our Fall 2002 at Louisiana State University a huge success:
- Dr. J. Andy Nyman
- The LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
- The Burden Center at Louisiana State University
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (gracious provider of nutria sausage!)
- Scott Jecker, The Whitenton Group, San Marcos, TX (snacks and provider of essential beverages)
- Dr. Paul Dubowy - provided cost assistance for student activities
- Teach the Teachers Workshop
Instructor: Chrissy Albanase, National Coordinator for WOW! — The Wonders of Wetlands
Facilitator: Kay Baggett, a local WOW! member
-- Special thanks to Dr. Paul Dubowy, USACE, for coordinating the Teach the Teachers workshop.
- Ecology, Silviculture, and Management of Bottomland Hardwoods
Instructor: Dr. Brian Lockhart, LSU, School of Renewable Natural Resources
October 2001 - Fall Meeting Cleveland, MS
Delta State University
The South Central Chapter would like to thank the following people and organizations for contributing in various capacities and helping make our Fall 2001 meeting at Delta State University a huge success.
- Delta State University
- Guest Speakers and Workshop Instructors
- Student Award Winners!Delta State University
- Dr. David L. Potter, President and his wife
- Pam Matthews - Department of Biological Sciences
- Dr. Grady E. Williams – Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
- Dr. Samual Faulkner – host
- Dr. Robert Stewart - co-host
- Malcolm McEwen, Director, Center for Science and Environmental Education
- Trey Cook, Executive Director, Delta Wildlife Foundation
- Bolivar County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Mike Oliver, Ducks Unlimited
- Scott Jecker, SWCA Environmental Consultants
- Paul DuBowy
- Matt Stahman, PBS&J
- Greg and Kay Crouch, Crouch Environmental
Guest Speakers and Workshop Instructors
- Dr. Paul Dubowy, USACOE - speaker
- Antisa Webb, USACOE – speaker
- Dr. Samual Faulkner - speaker
- Dr. Robert Stewart, Delta State University – workshop instructor
- Mr. Steve Hartley, USGS – GIS/Arc View workshop instructor
- Alice Harper
- Katherine Barbour
- Amanda Haley
- Alison Faulkner
Congratulations! Student Award Presentation Winners
Winner – South Central Chapter's 2001 Fall Meeting Student Presentation Award
- Laurie Leach, University of Memphis
- Shuwen Li, University of Memphis
- Tanya Darden, University of Southern Mississippi
October 2000 - Fall Meeting Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR
The Fall 2000 meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists was held in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 3-7 at the Doubletree Hotel. The hotel was within easy walking distance of the River Market District, which is a newly revitalized area in downtown Little Rock that supports a farmer market, galleries, shops, museums, and a food court by day, and several bars (including live music) and restaurants by night.
The theme for the workshops, field trip and meeting was focused on the Geomorphology of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and its effect on restoration and mitigation. Workshops were held on October 4 and 5. One workshop was entitled Testing and Using the Arkansas Mississippi Alluvial Valley Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Regional Guidebook taught by Dr. Charles Klimas and assisted by Jeff Raasch. Another workshop, taught by Presley Hatcher of the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch-Ft. Worth focused on wetland regulations and the new ACE regulations.
The main meeting was on October 6-7 and included a plenary session, a business meeting, a field trip, and student presentations.
November 1999 - Fall Meeting Lafayette, LA
Fall 1999 National Wetlands Research Center
The Annual South Central Chapter Meeting and the workshops at the USGS-National Wetland Research Center in Lafayette covered 3-1/2 days of wetland science, Cajun cuisine and fun, and were well received by the attending members. The meeting included not only two workshops, both students and professional poster presentations, and 12 students presenting talks on their research, but also a field trip, two socials and several Cajun dancing events.
The two workshops conducted were;
- "Coastal Wetland Loss: Causes, Consequences and Efforts to Reverse Trends", with instructors Shea Penland-University of New Orleans; Don Cahoon-USGS-National Wetlands Research Center; and Greg Steyer and Ken Bahlinger-LA DNR Coastal Restoration Division; Restoration at Boston CanalLouisiana DNR Officials discuss terracing techniques.
- "Introductory Plant identification of bottomland hardwood swamps and coastal marshes", with Garrie Landry as the instructor. Workshops were offered on November 3 and 4. Both workshops had classroom and field components. A total of 39 members were registered for the two workshops. The workshops were planned by the workshop committee composed of President-Elect Mark Ford and Russell Walters(co-Chairs), Rebecca Howard, Ron Boustany, Jennifer Ware, and Susan Horton. We would like to thank the committee, the instructors, and all involved for a great job of putting these excellent workshops together. We also would like to thank the USGS-National wetlands Research Center for their hospitality and the permission to use their facilities.
Friday morning, representatives from The Nature Conservancy led a field trip to nearby Lake Martin to discuss restoration and protection efforts in the bottomland and swamp habitats at the lake. This area is not only an important rookery for a wide variety of waterfowl but also an area rich with many species of wetland and aquatic wildlife.
Friday afternoon began by welcoming remarks by Dr. Bob Stewart, Director of USGS-National Wetlands Research Center followed by three invited speakers. Mr. Martin Mayer of US Army Corps of Engineers spoke on the topic of "Wetland mitigation banking for the New Orleans District Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program", Dr. Michael Porreier of the University of New Orleans presented the topic "Effects of restoration efforts, Mississippi River discharges and hurricanes on submersed aquatic vegetation in Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana", and Sandra Thompson of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources presented "Master Plan for the Atchafalaya Basin". These professional presentations were followed by student presentations which continued through Saturday morning.
Twelve students presented talks, eleven of which competed for the chapter's Best Student Presentation Award.
Rachael Hunter of Louisiana State University received the award for Best Student Presentation with her talk entitled ‘Comparison of Soil Organic Matter Concentrations and Microbial Activity of Restored and Natural Bottomland Hardwood Wetlands.' Rachael will receive partial funding support from the Chapter to present at the Quebec City national meeting in August 2000.
Two other graduate students;
Joy Hunter from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and
Karen Weins from the Tennessee Technological University,
will receive certificates in recognition of their achievement as the 2nd and 3rd place papers, respectively. We would like to thank all student presenters for their participation and excellent, enthusiastic presentations. Several posters were also presented, both by students and professionals, on a range of wetland topics from mitigation banking to wetland restoration.
The Business meeting followed Friday's talks and included remarks by Reza Pezeshki, Chapter President, Mark Ford, Chapter President-Elect, and Rebecca Howard, Secretary-Treasurer. Issues raised were the need for member participation, the 2003 national meeting in New Orleans. Lisa Gandy informed the members that the South Central Chapter will be hosting the SWS National annual meeting in New Orleans in 2003. She pointed out that the success of this meeting is important to the Chapter financially and to the continued vitality of the Chapter. Lisa stressed the need for volunteers and how much work will be involved. An important pressing task is the need to select the meeting site within the next 3 months.
Members in attendance agreed to vote on the location for the next chapter meeting site to take place in October or November 2000. The candidate locations mentioned were Delta State University campus in Cleveland, Mississippi or Little Rock, Arkansas. The volunteer groups from each area have presented their proposals to the Program Committee. An E-mail vote was planned to select the meeting location based on these proposals, however discussions after the business meeting resulted in the Little Rock group planning on hosting the year 2000 meeting and the Delta State University group planning on hosting the year 2001 meeting in Cleveland, MS.
Marge Holland provided an overview of the conference to be held May 23-25 in Oxford, Mississippi: ‘Sustainability of Wetlands and Water Resources: How Well Can Riverine Wetlands Continue to Support Society into the 21st Century?.' She described the goals of the conference, plenary speakers, tentative schedule and field trips; early registration fees expire February 15, 2000.
The Business Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm., followed by a social full of fried catfish, jambalaya, cold beer and wine. Cajun dancing followed shortly after the close of the social at a nearby Cajun dance hall.
We are constantly seeking to improve on the quality of our meetings, from both the scientific content and the social activities. These events are a great way for students to get experience presenting research and a wonderful opportunity for chapter members to get together, have some fun and do some networking in addition to the talks and the workshops which aid us professionally. If you have missed out on recent meetings, we hope to see you soon. If you would like to get more involved, please contact one of the Officers or Board Members.
Jodie M. Burns, PWS
Jodie Murray Burns, PWS, began working as an environmental consultant in wetlands & stream related work in 1993, and is the Senior Scientist & Principal at Cattails Environmental located in northwest Arkansas. Ms. Burns is the current SWS SCC Immediate Past President (2023-2025) and SWS Webinar Series Committee Speaker Recruiter/Legacy Interviews (2021-present), along with being an active member in the SWS Central Chapter and a member of the Women in Wetlands and Public Policy & Regulation Sections. Burns' LinkedIn profile
Ms. Elric conducts natural resources work for energy, transportation, land development, and public works projects for compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With 7 years of experience in federal and state permitting, she has prepared permit applications, technical reports, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), best management practices (BMP) plans, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs). She has experience in wetland delineations, wetland and stream functional assessments, threatened and endangered species reviews, and environmental inspections.
Edward D. Entsminger earned three Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Fish and Wildlife Management, Fish Management and Aquaculture, and Parks and Recreation and Wildlife Management from Hocking College in 2007 and 2009. Received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management from the University of Rio Grande in 2009 and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Sciences from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2014. His master thesis was on the “Plant Community Response to Reduced Mowing Regimens and Occurrence of White-tailed Deer and Other Wildlife Observations along Highway Right-of-Ways in Northeastern Mississippi.” Since graduation, he was hired on as a full-time Research Associate I in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC) at MSU. He obtained three professional certifications as an Associate Wildlife Biologist (AWB ®), Associate Fisheries Professional (FP-A), and a Wetland Professional In Training (WPIT) in 2015. He is a wildlife and fisheries biologist and general ecologist, and his research has focused on prairies, reclamation sites, forested environments, wetlands, mowing on roadside right-of-ways, using ArcGIS mapping software, and researching vegetation and habitat structure for various fish and wildlife species like the white-tailed deer. He coordinates and manages the Wood Magic Science Fair Mobile Unit, which reaches more than 12,000 people each year around the state of Mississippi. He also conducts research on testing lumber destructively and non-destructively, wood anatomy identification techniques using machine-learning, and various aspects of our sustainable and natural resources. He has over 15 years of education experience and over 20 years of job experience in the natural resources’ profession. Has been with the university for over 12 years. Promoted to Research Associate II on August 16, 2018 and received the Doris Lee Memorial Professional Staff Award in November 2018. Since June 1, 2020, he is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in Forest Resources at Mississippi State University. More recently, he was promoted to Research Associate III on July 1, 2021. He has authored or co-authored more than 10 professional peer-reviewed research articles, a thesis, one book chapter, several technical manuals, more than 35 popular articles, and currently has more than three journal articles in the peer-review process.
I earned my B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). After a post-doc at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), I took a faculty position in Plant Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University, where I have been since 2001. I have served on the editorial board for Wetlands and on the executive committee for the South Central Chapter of SWS.
Eric Fuselier has been working as an environmental consultant for 8 years and is currently working for Olsson as a project scientist at their office in Fayetteville, AR.
Eric has conducted wetland delineations and stream assessments for a variety of agencies, such as the Arkansas DOT, Oklahoma DOT, Mississippi DOT, and Missouri DOT; for municipalities across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas; and for a wide variety of industries that include transportation, oil and gas, water and sewer utilities, and residential and commercial development.
Eric is the current SWS SCC Secretary and serves on the SWS Membership Committee.
Marcela is currently a graduate student studying Environmental Engineering as she has a passion for seeing the world around her thrive while allowing society to grow. She loves books, animals, oceans, and helping others.
The objectives of the South Central Chapter are to:
a) Operate solely and exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to foster conservation and understanding of wetlands.
b) Provide an independent forum for an interchange of ideas and data developed within wetland science in the South Central Region.
c) Develop and promote wetland science as a distinct discipline.
d) Promote and evaluate the educational, scientific, and technological development and advancement of all branches of wetland science and practice.
e) Further the knowledge of wetland resources and encourage wetland protection, restoration, and stewardship.
f) Encourage a community of scientists based on shared knowledge, dedication, friendship, and mutual professionalism.
SWS South Central Chapter Regional Meeting Guidelines
Meeting Program (in the fall of the year, typically October or November)
Workshops: 1-2 workshops to take place over 1 to 2 days prior to the meeting.
Meeting: Friday and Saturday
Friday (8 AM to 5 PM)
Saturday (8 AM to 12 Noon)
Historically, the purpose of the Annual Fall Meeting of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the SWS was to encourage networking among Chapter members, to highlight research or wetland program activity in the South Central region, to conduct Chapter business, to recruit new members to SWS, and to provide a friendly, yet professional setting for students to obtain experience presenting research. Meetings have been on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings to limit conflicts with busy work schedules.
The Fall Meeting will consist of a business meeting, invited and contributed sessions, and student presentations. Order and arrangement of scheduled events will be at the discretion of the meeting planners with the following requirements: one hour will be allotted for the SCC business meeting, and priority will be given to student presentations over invited or contributed session speakers since it is the intention of the SCC to maximize student participation in the meeting. When student participation is minimal the planners may fill the remaining time slots with invited and contributed talks with the approval of the Chapter President. If student participation is high the planners may choose to schedule only student presentations. In any case, the Chapter President must approve the program. Invited speakers are not to be compensated for their involvement, however assistance with lodging costs and/or registration fee waivers may be approved by the SCC Board on occasion for a speaker whose sole purpose is to present a topic at the meeting and would not otherwise be involved. Travel to and from the meeting for any speaker is generally not covered unless approved by the SCC Board. Whenever possible, it is best to invite speakers locally to talk on pertinent local topics. Typically three to four invited speakers are selected for each meeting to provide interest for attending professionals.
The Chapter business meeting will be run by the Chapter President following the agenda format set forth by the Bylaws of the South Central Chapter of the SWS. If the President cannot be present, the President-elect or another officer designated by the Bylaws will preside over the meeting. The meeting host will need to coordinate the business meeting with the Chapter President and President-elect.
The meeting schedule must allow time for the Chapter Officers and Board Members to meet prior to the business meeting to discuss agenda items. This meeting can be scheduled in the evening prior to the Chapter meeting (Thursday) or during a lunch break.
The meeting Host should attempt to secure a free meeting space. Local government agencies or universities may have conference space that can be reserved free of charge. If no such space is available, the Host should select a hotel that is convenient and affordable. Generally, the hotel should be within the government per diem rate. The Host must secure a reasonable guarantee by the hotel that adequate rooms will be available. Any formal arrangement (i.e., contract) that is required by the hotel that obligates the SCC with potential penalties (e.g. room blocking, meeting arrangements such as meeting rooms and coffee, etc.) must receive prior approval by the SCC Board and the SWS President. As of June of 2007, any contracts must be reviewed by the SWS Business Office. Documents that obligate SCC may be signed by the Chapter President or by the meeting Host if authorized to do so by the SWS President.
Student non-member - Whatever the cost of student membership to the SWS is at that time.
Student member - Free, always, and forever.
Member - The Executive Board will establish appropriate member costs for the meeting pending the anticipated expenses associated with the meeting location/venue.
Non-member - Meeting fee plus SWS membership fee.
NOTE: Regular meeting costs cover food and beverage for breaks and possibly help supplement the social and/or field trip.
Anyone registering for a Workshop in association with the Fall Chapter Meeting must also register for the Fall Chapter Meeting at the appropriate fee level. This means that workshops will cost the following:
SWS membership fee plus cost to cover workshop fee
Cost to cover workshop fee.
Cost to cover workshop fee.
SWS membership fee plus cost to cover workshop fee.
NOTE: SWS Membership fees CANNOT be considered in the budget. These fees are forwarded to the International Society bank account. Current SWS members may not renew their memberships for the upcoming year at the Chapter Meeting but should do so through the on-line renewal process provided by the Business Office at www.sws.org.
The registration deadline is set at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Meeting withdrawals for a refund will be granted for up to 7 days prior to the first day of the meeting. Registration fees are forfeited thereafter.
The “Call for Student Abstracts” should be announced at least 3 months prior to the meeting. Abstracts will be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the meeting. Form, format, number of papers should be determined by the host committee, however, we have found historically that it is difficult to accommodate more than 10 student papers. Students will be informed of the acceptance/rejection of their abstract no later than one month prior to the meeting. Please be sure to acknowledge receipt of each student abstract via return e-mail, and note on the “Call for Student Abstracts” form that students not hearing back from the committee with 3 days after submitting their abstract should send a follow-up e-mail to the committee (or preferably call).
Meeting and workshop announcements to be posted in the Society of Wetland Scientists Bulletin need to be submitted to the Chapter President by April 15th of the year to meet the June Bulletin press deadline. Requests for Chapter meeting announcements to be included with international Society e-mail postings should be sent by the Chapter President via e-mail to the SWS Business Office. A separate announcement and registration form shall be sent via e-mail 3 months prior to the meeting. The meeting and workshops should also be publicized at the International SWS Annual Meeting. Follow up Chapter-wide emailing (2-3) are important to remind or encourage members to participate. ONLY the SCC President has access to this mailing list and the right to send Chapter-wide e-mails.
The meeting Host will work closely with the President-elect, who is chair of the program committee, and will be responsible for drafting the meeting and workshop announcements and distributing them to all interested parties. These may include Chapter members and relevant universities and departments, government agencies, private businesses, and any other outlet that the chapter or Host feels may be interested in attending the meeting. The Chapter at the request of the Host shall pay all costs incurred by the meeting planners. The Host is responsible for working with the Chapter President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer to ensure that all mail outs are properly formatted and costs are within the allocated budget.
Meeting dates and locations should be set 9 months prior to the meeting. This will include the acquisition of meeting facilities, which may include university facilities, hotel facilities, or government agency facilities. In any case, the arrangements must be promptly secured for the dates approved by the SCC President.
The Host, or a person designated by the Host, is responsible for preparing a registration form that describes the meeting and workshops; this form will be posted on-line at least 3 months prior to the meeting. On-line postings and registration portal can be established by the SWS Business Office at the request of the SCC President. The registration form will instruct participants to submit the completed form with payment at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Fees for late registration will be required for people registering after the stated deadline. Copies of past registration forms are available from the SCC Past-President, Secretary, or Treasurer to illustrate the format required. Lodging options and any room block arrangements should be included on the form. Personal information requested on the registration form will consist of all information needed for Society membership: complete name and title, mailing address including zip code, business telephone number, fax telephone number, and email address. The registration form should include information suggesting lodging locations. The Host shall have hard copies of registration and society membership forms available at the registration desk for on-site registration.
The Host (in consultation with the Secretary) is responsible for maintaining a record of participation in the workshops and attendance at the meeting. The record will consist of a spreadsheet file (Excel preferred) listing all personal information, participation, and associated fees. The spreadsheet should have a separate column for each field to facilitate transformation to mailing labels. The file must include columns indicating whether the participant is a new SWS member, which functions the participant is attending (e.g., workshop, meeting, social, field trip), the fees due, and fees actually paid. The method of payment, whether check, cash, money order or credit card (only possible through the registration portal created by the SWS business office unless registering on-site), must be recorded in order to facilitate reconciliation by the Chapter Treasurer. This information is needed to plan meeting expenses, to prepare the list of new members, and to calculate the payment due to the International organization. A template for a meeting expense/attendance form (in MS Excel) is available from the Chapter Treasurer.
The Host is authorized to commit to paying any routine expenses associated with the workshops and meeting. Routine expenses include: workshop handouts, workshop lunches, break snacks, and refreshments. Any other expenses, including books, rental of meeting space, rental of vehicles for field trips, and reimbursement of instructor or speaker travel expenses, must be approved by the SCC Board prior to making any commitments. Any single expenditure between $500 and $2,000 must receive prior approval by the SWS Treasurer, through the SCC Treasurer. Any single expenditure over $2,000 must be approved by the SWS President. In addition, if a workshop or meeting is attended or co-sponsored by an outside group (i.e., non-Chapter members, other SWS Chapters), any deals to split proceeds or costs must be approved by the SCC Board prior to making a commitment.
The Host is responsible for retaining all original receipts of expenses incurred for the meeting and workshops. Expenses may include deposits to hold meeting space, break refreshments, workshop lunches, social supplies, workshop materials, van rental, and mailing and copying fees. The host may request an advance for meeting expenses from the Chapter Board. At the conclusion of the meeting, all original receipts must be provided with an itemized summary of expenses to the Chapter Treasurer. The Treasurer will make all payments due and will reimburse any expenses covered by the Host/designee.
The Host/designee is responsible for safely maintaining all registration payments received for the workshops and meeting. These payments will be provided to the Chapter Treasurer along with the spreadsheet file (see above) at the meeting’s conclusion.
The workshops are designed to be both affordable to students and in depth enough to be useful to professionals. However, we never intended for the workshops to compete with professional workshop facilitators. If at any time the membership wishes to hire someone specifically for a higher caliber workshop, this will be treated on a case by case basis according to need and desire. Rates should be set not less than $100 but generally not greater than $150 per participant (not including SWS membership fees for nonmembers). Instructors for courses may be compensated for travel expenses, but the Chapter generally does not agree to be obligated to pay for instructor services. Meeting hosts are encouraged to seek volunteer workshop instructors to keep costs down. Our Chapter’s members are a diverse group with many areas of expertise and therefore a great source of workshop leaders. Any compensation required by instructors must receive prior approval by the Chapter President. Proceeds from workshops will be used to pay for all workshop expenses, including instructional materials, lunches, break foods and drinks, and in some cases the travel expenses of the instructor. The remaining proceeds will remain in the general fund of the Chapter for discretionary use by the Chapter. As a Chapter, we have a fair amount of yearly expenses, so a small amount of proceeds is desirable to help attend to our annual business.
Traditionally, there have been field trips associated with the Annual Fall Meetings. These typically take place on Thursday, when some of the membership is still traveling to the meeting. Field trips may alternately be scheduled for Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon, after the close of the business meeting. Field trips of the past have been planned to highlight unique or interesting wetland habitats, centers of research and/or wetland management, or similar places of interest to wetland scientists. Transportation to the field site may be by personal vehicles, but the host is encouraged to secure large vehicles to avoid the confusion, danger and misdirection of participants that often occurs when a large number of vehicles attempt to navigate to field sites. Government agencies or universities will often provide vans free of charge. It may also be possible to lease vans from commercial vendors if the meeting budget allows.
Liability - If rental vans are used, then drivers should purchase the company’s insurance and NOT use their own. This is for collision, liability and whatever else. This also applies to any rental vehicles, such as boats, canoes, ATV’s, etc. In the past, agency vehicles and university vehicles have been used; however, it was determined prior to use that drivers and passengers were all covered under the appropriate insurance. Each participant must fill out a waiver form provided by the SWS Business Office.
The social traditionally takes place on Friday evening following the first day of the meeting. The Host is responsible for making arrangements for the social and may be done in any way that the host sees fit. The Host is encouraged to have the social in a style and place that showcases local cuisine and culture. The Host shall secure prior approval for all expenses incurred and anticipated for the social event and is responsible to ensure that the total costs of the event do not exceed the allocated budget. Often, these events are not funded by the host committee but are “pay as you come” events. Occasionally, meeting budgets allow for supplementation of the social or for providing for some or all of food and beverage. The Host is encouraged to find donations for food and beverages from meeting sponsors and to seek volunteers to provide services.
Student Research and Awards
A priority of the SCC annual meeting is to provide the opportunity for students to present research and compete for a monetary award to be used only for travel and representation of SCC at the following annual SWS national meeting. Therefore, the Host is encouraged to provide a meeting program that is convenient, affordable, and conducive to students. Since active SWS members will judge the papers, the meeting host should make arrangements to provide three volunteer judges for each student presentation. Each judge should be responsible for three to four presentations. SCC will provide the forms to be used by the judges.
The purpose of sponsorship is to broaden support and recognition for SWS and keep meeting costs low and affordable for students. The host is encouraged to pursue sponsors for the meeting such as local universities, businesses, or government agencies in whatever capacity is appropriate. For example, local businesses are encouraged to contribute monetary sponsorship in exchange for recognition by the Chapter and local universities and government agencies are encouraged to contribute to facility and transportation support.
|City Selection||10 months prior to meeting|
|Meeting Date & Facility||9 months prior|
|Call for Student Papers||3 months prior|
Registration Form Mailing
|3 month prior|
|Lodging Arrangements (Room Blocks)||3 months prior|
|Student Abstract Submission Deadline||6 weeks prior|
|Student Notification||1 month prior|
|Registration Deadline||2 weeks prior|
|Registration & Sponsorship Fees||Last meeting day, to Treasurer|
|Finalized List of Expenses & Receipts||3 weeks post, to Treasurer|
|Finalized Registration File||3 weeks post, to Secretary and Treasurer|
|Finalized List of New Members||3 weeks post, to Secretary|