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National speakers to address global warming at wetlands conference in Portland, Sept. 16 - 18
For immediate release                                                                  08-26
Oregon’s leadership to be showcased at ‘Wetlands 2008’
Portland – An estimated 400 wetland managers and scientists from throughout the United States will hear Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury’s pitch about global warming at Wetlands 2008. Bradbury will deliver the opening speech, “Global Warming and its Impacts in the Pacific Northwest,” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:20 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel-Lloyd Center.  
The three-day conference opens with a welcome from Metro Councilor Robert Liberty and features a series of keynote addresses on the effects and challenges of global warming, followed by presentations on how global warming is already affecting wetlands in the far north, measuring sea-level rise, storing carbon in wetlands, using wetlands to reduce flooding, protecting wildlife populations, and using green infrastructure to address changes related to climate.  
“This year’s conference is not only timely, we have an impressive group of scientists sharing their expertise with state wetland managers and scientists from across the country,” said Janet Morlan, wetlands program manager at the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), the state agency that oversees wetlands regulation.
Speakers are coming from Duke University, the University of Alaska, New Orleans, the University of California-Davis, and as far away as Ontario, Canada; London and Australia.
Regional experts will present workshops on market-based incentives for wetland restoration, wetland mitigation design techniques and wetland mitigation banking.
“Portland and Oregon are the perfect place to hold this forward-thinking conference because of the state’s leadership not only in wetland planning and protection, but in sustainable practices that carefully take into consideration global warming impacts,” said conference organizer Jeanne Christie from the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). “There is great interest in discussing how to protect wetlands and manage and restore them to moderate the effects of climate change. Our members have demonstrated their interest by registering in large numbers, and we expect the Portland conference to break recent attendance records.” 
The conference starts on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and continues through the 18th, but tours – a Columbia River estuary restoration tour, a bicycle tour to Oaks Bottom, a Green City tour, a Columbia River National Scenic Area “super tour” and a wine and wetlands tour– are featured on Monday before the conference begins and on Thursday afternoon.
Friday Sept. 19 features training sessions for wetland consultants and others who need to be continually updated on new regulations and techniques.
Wetlands 2008 is hosted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Oregon Department of State Lands.
Sponsors include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Federal Highway Administration; Bureau of Land Management; SWCA Environmental Consultants; National Wildlife Federation; HDR Engineering, Inc.; Aqua-Terr Systems, Inc.; J.S. Jones and Associates Inc.; Port of Portland; ESA Adolfson; and Northwest Ecological Services.
More information about conference sessions is available on the ASWM Web site: http://www.aswm.org/calendar/wetlands2008/agenda.htm.