Association of State Wetland Managers (Windham, ME)


  • Name:Laura Burchill

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Address:32 Tandberg Trail
    Suite 2A
    Windham, ME 04062
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:207-892-3399

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  • Mission:
  • The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts, and provide training and education for our members and the public. Membership is open to all.

  • Overview:
  • ASWM's members and partners include states and tribes, federal agencies, nonprofit partners, wetland professionals, educators, wetland enthusiasts and many others. The main common goal between these groups is developing the capacity to protect and conserve wetlands and other aquatic resources throughout the Nation.

    ASWM collaborates with these partners to foster a comprehensive look at wetland science and policy issues that affect decision-making in today's world. Examples of some of the issues ASWM works to address include: the impact of climate change and states' strategies to adapt; accurate mapping of wetlands; the Clean Water Act and jurisdictional uncertainty over certain wetlands; developing standards for water quality as they apply to wetlands; and improving state wetland permitting programs.

    ASWM is dedicated to fostering communication, providing outreach and sharing knowledge. To this end, ASWM staff produce regular reports, handbooks and white papers on diverse topics related to wetland management. ASWM also publishes the monthly newsletter, "Wetland Breaking News," a bi-monthly membership newsletter, "Wetland News" and a weekly membership newsletter, "Insider's Edition." ASWM’s Executive Director and three policy analysts produce rotating weekly blogs targeted primarily at providing information and stimulating dialogue between those who work in the areas of natural resource management, policy and science.

    ASWM also facilitates, moderates and produces webinars on various topics, most of which relate to a specific project and work group. Work group webinar series include: the Wetland Mapping Consortium, the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance, Wetland Restoration, Wetland Program Plans, Stream Identification/Delineation/Mitigation, as well as Members’ Wetland Webinar Series, and Special ASWM Webinars which are available to all. These webinars are post-processed and posted on the website for the benefit of members and the general public free of charge.

  • History:
  • The Association of State Wetland Managers began as the brainchild of Jon Kusler, Esq, Ph.D. and Scott Hausmann in 1983 with no staff and no budget. Its first national meeting was hosted at the University of Florida College of Law that same year. Since then, ASWM has produced and coordinated dozens of symposia, workshops, publications, and webinars, and provided extensive technical assistance and information sharing webpages at ASWM continues to support both public and private wetland managers and their efforts to use sound-science for wetland protection, restoration and conservation.

    From its early years, ASWM has developed a reputation for exploring cutting-edge wetland science, convening unlikely alliances and making wetlands protection, restoration and conservation relevant. ASWM understood from the beginning that wetland protection would be controversial given its association with land use regulation and private property rights. To improve wetland protection, ASWM has worked strategically in several broad areas of public policy, including flood and natural hazard management, water quality improvement, wildlife protection, climate change, and recreation and outreach/education to define wetlands protection as relevant and important to the public interest.

    Today, ASWM is run by a small staff of nine including five professional staff, a webmaster, a program assistant, a communications specialist and a bookkeeper, and is governed by a board of directors. Executive Director, Jeanne Christie, has been with ASWM since 1999 and has served as Executive Director since 2001. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Resource Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wetlands and Watersheds Division where she was national program leader for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. She worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetlands Division (1988-1995) moving from the staff level to Section Chief and Acting Branch Chief. Prior to her federal level work, she served as an environmental planner at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (1985-1988), where her responsibilities included development of the Green Bay Remedial Action Plan and the 208 Watershed Plan for Southeastern Wisconsin.

    Peg Bostwick is ASWM’s Senior Staff Policy Analyst in our Great Lakes office in Michigan. Peg works on projects to build states’ capacity to protect and conserve wetlands. Peg retired in 2010 from the State of Michigan – Department of Natural Resources and Environment, following over 30 years working with wetlands and other aquatic resources. Prior to her retirement, she was the Chief of the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit in the Water Resources Division. Peg has served as a liaison with federal agencies regarding 404 issues, and provided technical assistance to department staff and to the public regarding state and federal wetland regulations. She was a member of ASWM from 1990 until she joined the staff, playing an active role on the Board of Directors including service as Board President. Peg, Jon and Jeanne are all past winners of the National Wetlands Award.

    Brenda Zollitsch is a Policy Analyst at ASWM and recently completed an ASWM national study on stream identification, delineation and mitigation in the United States. The project interviewed state staff from 47 states. She has her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, focusing on environmental policy and collaborative environmental management, her M.A. from Boston University and her B.A. from the University of Maine. She comes to ASWM with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience and a strong background in research, collaboration building, facilitation and organizational capacity building.

    Marla Stelk, is a Policy Analyst at ASWM and has been managing ASWM efforts to research and write about best practices for wetland restoration. She is currently facilitating a group of wetland experts to explore ways to improve wetland restoration success. Marla also coordinates and moderates webinars for the Wetland Mapping Consortium and the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance. She has been involved in climate change and sustainability issues since 1993. Marla received her M.A. in Community Planning & Development from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and her B.A. in Environmental Issues from Colorado College.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:030303870

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:030303870
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:32 TANDBERG TRL UNIT 2A
  • Organization City:WINDHAM
  • Organization State:ME
  • Organization Zip:04062-6417
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1988
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):379
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C033
  • Asset Amount:$292,475
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$587,596
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$587,596
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:07:14 pm

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