Carolina Wetlands Association is proud to introduce our newest staff member of the organization. Patty Cervenka is joining the team to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for our new Wetland Monitoring Program. Here, she will aid in recruiting and working with volunteers for the program. Once dates are set up to visit the wetlands, Patty will help teach volunteers to collect and analyze data for further use.
Patty grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and attended San Jose State University. She is a long-time community volunteer, serving on the Town of Cary’s Environmental Advisory Board, creating a NC Green Business Directory, and is trained as a Climate Reality Leader. Having a passion for educating about waste reduction, she is also the founder of Greenish Neighbor, a community-
focused environmental organization.
Now working with Carolina Wetlands Association, Patty is excited to embark on a program that will bring together people with diverse backgrounds to participate in hands-on scientific discovery. She hopes that the program will enhance people’s appreciation for the water quality, flood protection, and biodiversity wetlands provide.
Patty is mostly looking forward to working with the team at Carolina Wetlands Association, RTI International, and NC State University. She states that they have put together a solid plan for collecting and analyzing data and well as creating a tremendous education opportunity for citizens.
We’re excited about Patty joining the organization and can’t wait to explore what’s in store outside in the field with her!
January is a time to set resolutions and goals for the new year. For the Carolina Wetlands Association, we are ready to move beyond what we can not do last year and focus this new year on what we can do.
- Support local communities. We are provided local communities and private property owners with assistance on how to protect and restore their wetland resources. We are submitting three applications for grants this month .
- Create wetland monitoring program. We are also planning to kick-off our volunteer wetland monitoring program this spring at three of our Wetland Treasures of the Caroline sites. If this pilot program is a success, we will expand it to other sites in future years.
- Educate decision makers. We are providing education resources and supporting efforts to inform state and local officials on the impact from the Waters of the US rewrite last year on the loss of protection to wetland resources in the Carolinas.
Lastly, February 2 is World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day was created to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. We are fortunate to have two wetlands of international importance in South Carolina, Congaree National Park and Francis Beidler Forest. Our goal for 2021 is to have Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge add to the list.
Our goals are not possible without the dedication of our volunteers and supporters like you. Thank you for turning our goals into actions.
Click here to read the entre January Newsletter!