October – Message From The President

Hello Wetland Supporters:

There is a lot going on with the Association.  First, we are looking for nominations for our 2020 class of Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas.   If you have some nomination you want to make, please contact Jessica (jessica.tisdale@carolinawetlands.org)  or Jim ( jim.merchant@carolinawetlands.org).  We would like some good suggestions from both Carolinas.  

We are also working on our workshop to educate local decision makers on the value of wetlands, their place in nature-based solutions and how they can help build community resiliency.  To help with effort, Kim Matthews, Chad Guthrie and myself participated in an online NOAA workshop on “Risk Communication”. We developed a risk communication strategy as part of the workshop and this will help us think about our audience, their concerns and how we can best communicate risk.  I also attended a nature-based solutions workshop conducted by NOAA in Mt. Pleasant, SC and the materials from this workshop are excellent and will also help with our workshop development. I talked with the NOAA trainers and they not only want us to use their materials, but they are willing to help us develop the workshop.  Currently, we have a good outline for the workshop and much of the content. We will be developing our first draft of the workshop to present at the NC Coastal Conference in November.

Heather Clarkson, Kim Matthews, and I have worked on the
Natural and Working Lands stakeholder group to develop recommendations to restore forests and wetlands to sequester carbon.  A large meeting was held at RTI where the six subgroups (Pocosin Restoration, Coastal Habitats, Farm Systems, Floodplain and Riparian Wetlands, Forests, and Urban Lands) presented their recommendations.  It was a two-day event and the results will be reworked based on the feedback. From there, the recommendations will be documented and become part of the Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan put out by Governor Cooper.

A Wetlands Summit was held at the JC Raulston Arboretum at the end of September conducted by NC State University.  Kristie Gianopulos, Kim Matthews and I was part of the Planning effort with Dr. Mike Burchell and Amanda Mueller. It was to close out the wetland monitoring grant that Dr. Burchell oversaw and to open discussion of the Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Grant (NC State, RTI, and Carolina Wetlands).  The summit also discussed the state of wetlands research and monitoring and talked about future direction. The Carolina Wetlands Association will play a significant role in help to maintain a wetlands research and monitoring community and listing research on our web page to help further knowledge and collaboration among wetlands researchers and practitioners.

As always, we have a lot going on and we are always in need of your support.  Please consider donating to our efforts (time and or money) as the Association continues to play significant roles in supporting our wetland.

Thanks all and go explore a wetland,

Rick