Case Study: Wetland Ecology and Stewardship Workshop
The Rome Chapter of the Izaak Walton League held an introductory Wetland Ecology and Stewardship Workshop for chapter members and the general public in Rome, New York. Twenty-one people attended the workshop, including local residents, members of the Izaak Walton League, environmental consultants, students, and educators.
This one-day workshop included training in wetland ecology, functions and values, regulations and policies, and recognizing wetland features in the field. Development of local wetland stewardship projects and monitoring wetland plants, soils, and hydrology in the field also were discussed. All workshop participants received a copy of the Izaak Walton League League’s Handbook for Wetlands Conservation and Sustainability, a 288-page resource on wetland ecology, monitoring, and valuable contacts.
The workshop was a partnership between the Rome Chapter of the League and the League’s national office. Members of the Rome Chapter set a date for the workshop, located local speakers for several subjects, rented space for the workshop, provided audio-visual equipment, handled registration, and provided food for participants. The League’s national office publicized the workshop, provided workshop materials and handouts, taught the workshop, printed agendas and workshop evaluations, and provided follow-up with participants and sponsors.
These wetland workshops are valuable for all volunteers, non-profit organizations, government agency personnel, consultants, businesses, and landowners with an interest in wetland conservation. Usually a local League chapter or other local organization hosts the workshop and provides logistics support, while the national SOS staff teaches the workshop and provides workshop materials.
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