Message from the CarWA President

March 2017 – Message from the President

Hello wetland supporters!

A lot of what I do is network with other organization to make them aware of CarWA and what we can do for them as we have the best wetland talent of any organization!  I attend a lot of meeting and workshops to promote wetlands and the organization.  I also work with all CarWA committees to facilitate collaboration and to encourage their great work for wetlands.  Much of this information is typically reported at the Board meetings and are recorded in the minutes, but I felt this information needs to be in the newsletter – more so than in the Board meetings.

First I would like to make you aware that the 2017 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas will be announced soon and we are hosting tours to each site in May. Stay tuned, you will want to be a part of these events.  I also want to announce that Erin Bradshaw Settevendemio is our new Public Information Coordinator.  She is doing wonderful posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure you are following us on social media to get the latest information.

One of the meeting I attended recently was the meeting of the Cape Fear Arch in Burgaw, NC.  This is the second meeting I have attended and each time I find more people to meet and to let them know about CarWA.  I am hoping that in the future CarWA will play a larger role in the Cape Fear Arch as this is critical wetland area in both NC and SC and includes one of our wetland treasures (Green Swamp) and many endemic species.

I also want to let you know about a potential concern with an industry that may be impacting wetland forests in our states.  Recently, I attended a meeting organized by the local chapter of the Sierra Club to organize an education forum on the wood pellet industry.  I recommend reading this article published by Yale University School of Forestry to understand this issue.

I also met with Ron Sutherlin of the Wildlands Network.  Ron was instrumental in helping to “save” the Hoffman Forest (and the wetlands contained within) and is working to create wildlife migration corridors throughout North America.  We discussed potential opportunities for our organizations to work together. Please contact me if you are interested in this effort.

Most recently, I met with Gale Adcock in the NC House of Representatives.  She represents a district next to mine, but I know her from being a former council member of Cary.  We had a great meeting and she will be a big environmental supporter.  Last fall, I met with Representative Pricey Harrison from Greensboro and I also found her supportive of our organization. We need to find out more ways to connect with our elected officials.

Finally, I am in the process of talking to folks from the NC Sentinel landscape partnerships and the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to see how CarWA can play a role in their efforts.  I will have more on that next newsletter.

If you have any questions on any of these efforts, please contact me, rick.savage@carolinawetlands.org.

Thanks much and get out and enjoy a wetland,

Rick