Information on the National Wetlands Conservation Alliance
The most current information on wetlands is on the The Association of State Wetland Managers web site. Their "Wetland Breaking News," updated every other week, is most valuable.
available for Restoring Wetlands and Riparian areas.
Why Landowners Restore Wetlands: Summary of A National Survey
Forested Wetlands & Streamside Forests - An Instructors Guide. (7/96, updated 5/97)
VISION - "Informed landowners voluntarily deciding to protect and manage existing wetlands and restore and enhance drained and partially drained wetlands."
The National Wetlands Conservation Alliance was an informal partnership of private organizations and government agencies that worked to facilitate voluntary landowner wetlands restoration, enhancement and conservation. The Alliance was formed to support landowner wetlands education and information, technical assistance, and funding programs to help landowners be better stewards of their wetlands. When formed in 1993 numerous small meeting were held for several years bringing together representatives of national organizations and Federal agencies. A major emphasis was put on supporting and improving USDA's Wetlands Reserve Program, Conservation Reserve Program and other "Farm Bill" programs, and the Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Wildlife and North American Waterfowl Management Plan programs.
Now the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) holds regular meetings with the same group of organizations and most of the organizations meet regularly as part of the Natural Resources Working Group. National and regional wetlands meeting are also now regularly held. Therefore meetings of the Alliance are no longer being held.
Through use of EPA funding the Alliance assisted several states in developing or improving an infrastructure to coordinate and work more closely with private landowners on wetland conservation efforts. A template developed by the Alliance was used by over a dozen states to help prepare guides and information material to encourage and coordinate wetland restoration within their states. Forming of state and local wetlands conservation alliances or similar wetland coordination groups one of the best ways deliver the training and tools needed to work effectively with private landowners to restore, and conserve wetlands.