Wetlands Workshop Coming

Wetlands Workshop Coming

An upcoming day-long workshop on wetlands—Working for Wetlands: A Workshop for Grassroots Wetland Activism—will be presented on Saturday, June 30, 2001 in Huron, Ohio. The powerful agenda contains essential information on wetland activism—dealing with policy, regulations, fundraising, and grassroots action. The workshop will target participants who need information about wetland regulatory issues.

The invited presenters are among the country’s top experts on wetland activism. Julie Sibbing is Legislative Representative for the National Wildlife Federation and a long-time expert on Ohio wetlands. Daniel Rosenberg is Project Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and has presented extensively on the wetland regulatory process. Jill Ryan is Director of the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund and focuses on grassroots activism in the Great Lakes basin.

The day’s agenda includes a field trip to Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, a site undergoing a struggle to restore the wetlands complex after destruction by a now-rescinded U.S. Army Corps Nationwide Permit. Workshop sessions will focus on

  • how the U.S. Supreme Court SWANCC decision affects Ohio’s wetlands;
  • the regulatory process and how you can use it to save wetlands in your community;
  • understanding and responding to public notices to protect wetlands in your community;
  • examining the pros and cons of mitigation;
  • fundraising at the grassroots level with grassroots networking.

The workshop will be held at The Lodge at Sawmill Creek near Huron, Ohio (on the shore of Lake Erie mid-way between Toledo and Cleveland). Call Audubon Ohio at 614-224-3303 or email jritzenthaler@audubon.org for a registration form. Don’t forget to register early, as space is limited.

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