Summary of The Wetlands Summit
In celebration of American Wetlands Month, a group of Northern Neck officials, community conservation groups, and environmental educators attended The Wetlands Summit to focus attention on the ecosystem services provided by our wetlands. Attendance at The Wetlands Summit was by invitation only and the attendees represented 26 different organizations actively involved in wetlands conservation on the Northern Neck.
The full day agenda included presentations covering a range of wetlands topics, a panel discussion focusing on public and private partnerships that protect Virginia’s wetlands, and break-out sessions discussing challenges and solutions for wetlands conservation issues. A complete report on The Wetlands Summit and most of the presentations can be downloaded below.
Many challenges to wetlands conservation were identified throughout the day. Educating the general public on the environmental importance of wetlands, and a lack of funding for wetlands conservation projects emerged as the two key issues. To be effective, educational solutions need to include development of programs tailored for specific groups such as homeowners, real estate professionals and marine contractors. Funding issues will require a broader set of solutions and significant financial support from grants and concerned citizens. It will be important for all stakeholders to work together to elevate wetlands conservation to a higher priority at the local, county, state and federal levels.
Sponsored by The Wetlands Project in partnership with Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District, Northern Neck Planning District Commission and the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, The Wetlands Summit has energized a knowledgeable and committed group of wetlands conservation professionals and volunteers. It was a productive day of networking, exchanging information and planning for the future!
Many thanks to our partners, speakers, panelists and attendees!
Download the complete report on The Wetlands Summit:
The Wetlands Summit Agenda
Part 1: Attendees and Evaluations
Part 2: The Way Forward
Presentations from The Wetlands Summit are also available for download:
The Ecosystem Services of Wetlands
Northen Neck Sea Level Rise
Northern Neck Web Mapping Resources
Summary of Websites for Sea Level Rise and Mapping Resources
Wetlands Role in Comprehensive Planning for Counties in the Northern Neck
Partnerships that Work in Wetlands Conservation and Restoration: A Case Study from Hull Springs Farm
Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship
Northern Neck Master Naturalists
Virginia Native Plant Society Northern Neck Chapter
Hull Springs Farm
Northern Neck Land Conservancy Presentation
The Northern Neck of Virginia
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