The importance of isolated wetlands will be topic of FBR meeting program

To some, an isolated wetland is just a “swamp that needs to be drained.” To the more knowledgeable, the special habitat plays a vital role in the health of the environment.

The importance of those wetlands will be the topic of the Friends of the Black River’s June meeting program. The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Jackson County Bank’s community room.

Tracy Hames, executive director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will present the program about the history of the state’s wetlands and the ways the wetlands benefit people as well as wildlife.

Isolated wetlands are natural habitats that seem to have no connection to other surface waters such as streams, rivers or lakes. Of the remaining 5 million acres, more than 20 percent are identified as isolated.

Hames’ presentation will discuss how isolated wetlands are determined and address the types of wetlands in Wisconsin, where they’re located, why they’re important and how concerned residents can help protect and care for these valuable resource.

Wetlands provide wildlife habitat, flood protection and water filtration. Hames presentation will discuss how recent state-sponsored legislation concerning wetlands will impact the environment.

Raised in Arden Hills, Minn., Hames developed a love and appreciation for nature and the environment at a young age enjoying outdoor activities of hunting, fishing and camping.

In 1984, he received a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Macalester College, and then went on to receive a master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Hames early work in biology was for the Yakama Indian Nation in the Pacific Northwest creating a wetland protection and restoration project in the steelhead-bearing watersheds in the Yakima River Basin. He spent 22 years incorporating the traditions of the Yakama people with science-based techniques.

In 2012, Hames returned to the Midwest when he accepted the executive director position with WWA. In this position, he works throughout the state to help communities understand how wetlands can be solutions to the habitat, water quality, flooding and other issues they face.

WWA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and enjoyment of Wisconsin’s wetlands. WWA envisions and is working toward a state where wetlands are healthy, plentiful and support ecological and societal needs, and where citizens care for, appreciate and interact with the natural treasures.

The FBR meeting is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, email


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Make sure you send an invitation to Scott Walker, his fellow Republican legislators, Meteor Timber and the DNR. They certainly need the education !!!!!!!!!.

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