Abstracts due by March 1!
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Annual Meeting - April 10, 2019
Request for Abstracts!! 
Deadline Extended to March 1!

Registration Open February 25!

The Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists Rocky Mountain Chapter will be held on April 10, 2019  at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. This year we are proud to partner with the Colorado Riparian Association to co-host this exciting event.

The meeting is expected to bring together more than 150 research­ers, students, government scientists, private-sector consultants, and other wetland practitioners.  It will cultivate scientific exchanges between diverse groups of professionals involved in wetland stewardship around the region.  

We are now accepting abstracts for 15 to 20-minute oral presentations on any wetland or riparian related projects, research, management, education, or other similar work. Presentations related to topics that affect wetlands and riparian habitat within the Rocky Mountain Chapter (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) are preferred. 

Although SWS or CRA membership is not required to present at the meeting, members will be given priority. Please go the website listed below and submit your abstract by March 1, 2019. All abstracts will be evaluated by the Rocky Mountain Chapter and CRA Board of Directors, and final decisions will be announced by March 8.

Submit abstracts here:

Meeting registration will be open February 25. Visit our website for details:

Sponsorship Opportunities
We would like to invite companies, agencies, organizations and individuals to sponsor the meeting. Sponsorship will get visibility for your organization, while helping us make it a great event! It offers an effective way to demonstrate your organization’s interest in, and commitment to, wetland science and its implications for wetland policy and management. Sponsorship enables us to offer a high-quality meeting at a reasonable cost. We will recognize and acknowledge the generosity of all of our sponsors in the meeting program and other meeting materials. Sponsorship levels include Silver ($250) and Gold ($500+).
  • Recognized in meeting program   (list of sponsors)
  • Recognized with organization’s logo in all meeting materials
  • Verbal recognition at All-Members Meeting, Luncheon, and Social
  • 1 complimentary registration
  • 1 complimentary 6-foot table in vendor/sponsor area
  • Recognized in meeting program (list of sponsors)
  • 1 complimentary registration
Our sponsors are key to ensuring the success of the meeting. We hope you will consider sponsoring this exciting event. Please contact Heather Houston if you’re interested in sponsoring ( 

Vendor Opportunities 
We invite you to become a vendor at this year's meeting. Being a vendor will give visibility to your organization, while helping our members to keep up with the latest offerings, and will help us to host a great event!  Vendors get one 6-foot table near the entrance to the event, one complimentary registration, and recognition in the meeting program. The cost is $350. Please contact Heather Houston if you’re interested in being a vendor ( 

Travel Grants Available
The Chapter is making travel grants available for this year's Chapter meeting. We have budgeted $1,200 to support travel costs which we would like to allocate to one or more SWS members based upon need. Please email Karin McShea for more information:

Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in volunteering for the meeting? This is a great way to network with other professionals and help to grow our Chapter by hosting a high-quality, informative meeting. There are opportunities to help us now and on the day of the event. For more information, contact Ryan Hammons (

Become a Rocky Mountain Chapter Board Member! 

We are looking for a new Vice President, and Treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. Being on the Board doesn't require a huge time commitment but allows you to get more involved with regional wetland events, help direct the activities of the chapter, and establish key relationships with other wetland professionals. Below is a summary of the key responsibilities for all of the Board positions (adapted from the Chapter Standing Rules). If you are interested, please contact Heather Houston (
President: Responsible for the business of the Chapter, including making appointments authorized in the Standing Rules, establishing committees required for the business of the Chapter, and exercising such other responsibilities determined from time to time by action of the Chapter or the Board. The President also chairs all meetings of the Chapter and the Board. 1-year term.
Vice-President: Assist the President and perform the duties of the President when he/she is absent or unable to act. The VP also serves as chairperson of the Program Committee for the annual Chapter meeting and is responsible for Chapter publicity (as directed by the Board). 1-year term and automatically nominated for President.
Secretary: Annually obtain a list of Chapter members from SWS National, serve as the chairperson for the Membership Committee, prepare any correspondence with the Chapter at the direction of the Board, prepare and disburse information pertinent to increasing membership, maintain chapter files, record and read minutes of all meetings, and oversee development and distribution of Chapter information. 3-year term.
Treasurer: Administer the financial resources of the Chapter. Work with SWS National to authorize and pay all Chapter bills. Serve as chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee if such a committee is formed. Prepare an annual budget and present it at the annual Chapter meeting. 3-year term.
Immediate Past-President: Chair the Nominating Committee and Bylaws Committee, and perform duties of President if both the President and VP are unable to act.

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