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Chapter Information:

The Central Chapter serves professionals, academics, and students interested in wetlands in Missouri and Kansas.
For information regarding how our Chapter is run, please read the Central Chapter Bylaws.

Chapter Objectives: 

1)   Operate solely and exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to foster conservation and understanding of wetlands. 


2)   Provide an independent forum for interchange of ideas and data developed within wetland science in the Central Region.


3)   Develop and promote wetland science as a distinct discipline within the region.


4)   Promote and evaluate the education, scientific, and technological development and advancement of all branches of wetland science and practice within the region.


5)   Further the knowledge of wetland resources and encourage wetland protection, restoration, and stewardship within the region.


Summaries of Past Meetings


2013 Annual Meeting

The 2013 annual fall meeting was held at the Fountain Grove Conservation Area in north-central Missouri near the town of Meadville. This excellent meeting location is a 7,154-acre property managed primarily for migratory bird habitat that contains a vast amount of wetland habitats located in close proximity to many other large public wetland areas. Speakers included representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the URS Corporation, the Kansas Biological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Norman Ecological Consulting.


2012 Annual Meeting

Held at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in St. Louis County, Missouri, the 2012 annual meeting consisted of one day of presentations on a variety of wetland and regulatory topics from speakers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, AES Restoration Nurseries, Burns & McDonnell, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. These talks were followed by a field trip to the nearby Audubon Center at the Riverlands on the banks of the Mississippi River to learn about the National Audubon Society and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' management of the wetlands at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (click here for the agenda). The second day of the conference was a plant identification class emphasizing unique and challenging wetland plant groups of the region hosted by the Institute of Botanical Training.



2011 Annual Meeting

The 2011 meeting was held at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs, Missouri.
This conference brought together a diverse selection of speakers including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
Kansas City Power & Light; Olsson Associates; City of Lenexa, Kansas; and Terra Technologies.
A field trip to the nearby Sni-A-Bar Creek Wetland and Stream Mitigation Bank followed the presentations and the Institute of Botanical Training
held a one day Wetland Plant Identification Course on the second day of the meeting. Click here for the full agenda.


2010 Annual Meeting

Located at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area near Columbia, Missouri, the 2010 annual meeting consisted of presentations by representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of Columbia, and Wetlands Forever. Click here to download the agenda.

2009 Annual Meeting


2009 Meeting Photo
2009 Meeting Photo
2009 Meeting Photo

The 2009 annual meeting was held at the Prairie Park Nature Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Click Here to download the agenda. The meeting featured speakers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as well as a hydric soils field course from members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Willows and Cattail Photo
Ray County Wetland
Hibiscus laevis


Central Chapter Links


Federal Government:

Kansas City District Corps of Engineers

Tulsa District Corps of Engineers

St. Louis District Corps of Engineers

Little Rock District Corps of Engineers

Memphis District Corps of Engineers

Rock Island District Corps of Engineers

USACE Regulatory Program

EPA Region 7

EPA - Wetlands

State and Local Government:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
(State of Missouri water quality certifications)

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Transportation

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
(State of Kansas water quality certifications)

Kansas Department of Transportation

Kansas Division of Water Resources

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Kansas Biological Survey

Kansas Water Office

Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City area)

Regional Chamber and Growth Association (St. Louis area)


Private and Non-Profit Organizations:

Missouri Audubon Society

Kansas Audubon Society

Missouri Native Plant Society

Missouri Botanical Garden

Powell Gardens

Sierra Club - Kansas

Sierra Club - Missouri

Environmental Law Institute

Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams

Kansas City Wildlands Coalition

League of Conservation Voters

The Nature Conservancy - Missouri

The Nature Conservancy - Kansas

Missouri Flora

The Prairie & Wetland Center

Forrest Keeling Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery


Professional and Technical:

Midwestern Wetland Flora

National Biological Information Infrastructure

National Association of Environmental Professionals

Missouri Watershed Information Network



Disclaimer: This list was complied by members of the Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists and other contributors. It is presented as a public service and the Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of its contents or those of the websites listed herein. The presence of an organization in this directory does not imply an endorsement of that organization, its policies or its actions by the Central Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. We strive to keep our links updated.  Recommended additions and updates are welcome and may be emailed to the Central Chapter.

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Last updated: November 19, 2013

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