Concurrent Session: Wetlands and people
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Wed
CO-AUTHORS: Jessica Strand, Mashkiiziibii Natural Resources Department; Jessica Jacobson, Treaty Natural Resources Division, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
TITLE: New videos promote tribal wetland conservation leadership in Wisconsin
ABSTRACT: Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA) is collaborating with the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to produce videos documenting and promoting tribal engagement in wetland conservation in Wisconsin. The videos promote examples of good wetland conservation by Tribes in Wisconsin; help tribal decision-makers and land managers understand how wetlands function and how they can care for them; motivate and guide others toward wetland protection and care; and encourage broad-based understanding of wetlands and watersheds among the tribal and general public. In this presentation, I will preview new videos in this series, which will be publicly debuted in spring 2023, that highlight the Bad River and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa. The videos share how approaching wetland restoration and management with a landscape and cultural perspective provides multiple benefits and how cultural values are an important driver for wetland and landscape conservation. I will also discuss how the partners will use them to promote effective watershed-based wetland restoration to address community needs as part of WWA's broader Communities & Wetlands Project.
BIO: Katie Beilfuss is the Outreach Programs Director at Wisconsin Wetlands Association, where she coordinates outreach and communications. Katie has a Master’s degree in Land Resources from UW-Madison and more than twenty years of nonprofit and environmental experience.