BENEFITING: Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
As a part of broader watersheds, wetlands play the role of connecting our streams, rivers and lakes to farmlands, forests and the ocean. In the face of rapid population growth, it is essential to protect and manage valuable wetlands that enhance the well-being of human and natural communities. Who protects wetlands? Wetlandkeepers wear a variety of hats—from wetland scientists to environmental regulators. They work in state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations including academic and conservation entities, as well as private nongovernmental and green business partners. The Association of State Wetland Managers has embarked on an ambitious campaign to promote and enhance its ability to support wetlandkeepers nationwide and to advocate for sound wetland science in public policy. ASWM has a goal of raising $500,000.00 to build capacity in three core program areas: wetland programs, climate change and protecting watersheds. Established as a nonprofit organization in 1983, ASWM has played a leadership role among wetland professionals on state, federal, national and regional levels for over 25 years. ASWM fosters a wetland ethic and works collaboratively with a number of partners to achieve real goals in wetland science, natural resource protections and management, and public policy as it applies to wetlands and water resources. For more information about ASWM's core program areas and how it protects the nation's wetlands, visit: http://aswm.org/wetlandkeepers-campaign and http://aswm.org