Wetlands Webinar Series

Spring 2019 Webinar Series

These webinars are open to all, but registration is required. Webinars will be recorded and posted to this page.

Spring 2019 Webinar Schedule (PDF)








Thursday, February 28

February Flyer (PDF)

Vulnerable Forested Wetlands

Presented by: Don Cameron and Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program

In this webinar we talk about Maine’s Wetland Program Development objectives of acquiring (1) comprehensive statewide information on the status and location of rare and exemplary wetland type occurrences and (2) detailed information about floodplain forest wetlands along the Saco and Androscoggin rivers and their tributaries.  The more complete this information, the better we are able to prioritize wetlands most in need of conservation and protection.


Wetland Bioassessment Methods to Track Restoration Success

Presented by: Julie Follensbee, Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation

The State of Vermont Wetlands Program is expanding an ongoing statewide wetland biomonitoring project to include assessment of a small number of wetland restoration sites to document the outcomes of restoration projects. The goal is to conduct initial monitoring prior to construction for new sites and before planned enhancement activities on existing sites. Future monitoring is planned to track the habitat development of each site and document changes in wetland condition. The project also involves assessing a larger number of restoration sites with Vermont’s Rapid Assessment Methodology which will be discussed.

Presenter Bios

Don Cameron, Botanist/Ecologist
Don manages Maine’s official list of Threatened and Endangered plants, researches and monitors federally listed plant species, conducts field inventories for rare and exemplary natural habitats, and provides technical assistance for natural resource planning and protection.  Don has a wide breadth of experience with Maine’s ecological systems having conducted projects ranging from salt marsh documentation and sea level rise modeling to assessing and mapping Maine’s sub-alpine forests.  Don has coauthored several botanical field guides, the most recent being Grasses and Rushes of Maine (2019).  Prior to joining Maine Natural Areas Program, Don was Coordinator of the County Natural Areas Inventories Program for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania.  Don holds an MS degree in Plant Ecology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Justin Schlawin, Ecologist
Justin has worked for the Maine Natural Areas Program since 2012.  His responsibilities include ecological monitoring of public lands, inventory of rare plants and rare and exemplary habitats statewide, ecological assessments of floodplain forests, and GIS analysis and modeling.  Justin’s previous experience includes work with The Nature Conservancy including fire management positions, and land management work with several local land trusts.  Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Bates College.

Julie Follensbee has served as a District Wetland Ecologist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for twelve years. The position protects Vermont’s wetlands through regulation, education, restoration, and enforcement. As Program Restoration Specialist she reviews potential wetland restoration projects; collaborates with state, federal and non-government organizations; advises restoration bioassessment; and is developing a statewide tracking system for wetland restoration work. Julie has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Science.


Tues, March 12

Tidal Marsh Resiliency Planning

Presented by: Kristen Puryear, Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP)

This webinar will review the development of Maine’s coastal marsh resiliency modeling and how we worked with partners to incorporate marsh migration and resilience data into conservation, restoration, and planning considerations.  This project allowed MNAP to address objectives within Maine’s Wetland Program Plan and expanded our ability to present new data and collaborate on new tidal wetland projects.


Modeling the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Massachusetts’ Wetlands

Presented by: Marc Carullo, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management

Presenter Bios

Kristen Puryear, Ecologist
Kristen Puryear is an Ecologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program, part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. For the past 13 years her responsibilities have included ecological monitoring, rare plant and natural community surveys, and working with foresters and land managers of private and public lands. Much of her work involves landscape analysis and field surveys of inland and coastal wetlands across the state, contributing to the evaluation of potential wetland mitigation sites. She is also working on long term monitoring of tidal marshes, salt marsh ecological integrity assessments, and the integration of sea level rise and marsh migration into conservation planning efforts. Kristen holds an MS in Botany from the University of Vermont, and a BA in Geology-Archaeology from Bates College.


Tues, April 9

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Coastal  Wetlands Monitoring, Assessment, and Restoration in RI

Presented by: Tom Kutcher, Rhode Island Natural History Survey, and Caitlin Chaffee, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council



Tues, May 14

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Coastal Bank Erosion Hazard Maps

Presented by: Margot Mansfield & Julia Knisel, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management


For more information on the Wetlands Webinar Series, contact Audra Martin (

Past Webinars

Stream & Wetland Buffers Webinar Series

Stream & Wetland Buffers Webinar Series – Part 1: Restoration
July 25, 2017 – Brian Hotz of Merrimack Conservation Partnership presents Merrimack Conservation Partnership – A New Approach to Conserving a Watershed, and Alex Krofta of Merrimack River Watershed Council presents Prioritizing, Protecting, and Restoring Riparian Buffers in the Merrimack River Watershed.
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MP4 of Presentation

Stream & Wetland Buffers Webinar Series – Part 2: Education
August 22, 2017 – Todd Menees of Vermont DEC presents the Vermont Rivers & Roads Training Program.
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MP4 of Presentation – The video that was presented as part of this presentation can be found here.

Stream & Wetland Buffers Webinar Series – Part 3: Legal Challenges
September 15, 2017 – Professor John Echeverria of Vermont Law School discusses the takings issue,  impacts on buffer jurisdiction, and the potential pushback from a legal perspective.
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Wetlands Assessment

Chicopee Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
May 12, 2016 – Lisa Rhodes of MassDEP presents Chicopee Watershed Monitoring and Assessment: Summary and Findings.
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New Tools to Assess Wetland Condition
March 10, 2016 – Kathryn Miller from the Acadia National Park of the National Park Service presents New tools to assess condition of freshwater wetlands in the Northeastern US: Multimetric Indices for vegetation, soil chemistry, algae taxa, and water chemistry.
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Wetland Assessment Methods
January 14, 2016 –  Ecological Integrity Assessments of Maine Wetlands presented by Andy Cutko, Maine Natural Areas Program and River Corridor Status: Assessment of Floodplain Forests presented by Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program.
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Mapping Vulnerable Wetlands
December 10, 2015 – New York City Tidal Marsh Assessment presented by Christopher Haight, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and Mapping Vulnerable Wetlands presented by Alice Smith and Nancy Lin, MassDEP
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Mapping Invasive Species and Tracking Vernal Pools: Using Web-Based Tools to Improve Wetlands Work
February 12, 2015 – iMapInvasives – A New Tool for Invasive Plant Mapping and Management in Maine presented by Nancy Olmstead of the Maine Natural Areas Program and The Massachusetts Vernal Pool and Rare Species Information System presented by Sarah Haggerty of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
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Regulation, Mitigation, and Technical Review

Cooperative Management and Regulation
November 12, 2015 – An Alternate Regulatory Mechanism for Vernal Pools presented by Aram Calhoun of the University of Maine and Elizabeth Hertz of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards presented by Sandy Crystall of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
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Learning the Wetlands Technical Review Process
April 9, 2015  – Mary Ann Tilton of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services presents NH DES’ work to improve their technical review process.
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Looking to the Future: Proactive Wetland Conservation Planning
March 12, 2015  – Identifying Wetland Mitigation Opportunities in Maine presented by Kristen Puryear of the Maine Natural Areas program and Conservation Planning for Tidal Marsh Migration Due to Sea Level Rise presented by Don Cameron of the Maine Natural Areas Program.
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