In February, Mark was honored to speak to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) about the value of wetlands. He was invited to present by a former student from his Wetland Ecology & Restoration course who now works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and serves on the planning committee for the caucus. The GLLC’s mission is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the regional, national, and binational policymaking process by providing a forum to exchange good practices, ideas, and opportunities, and by advancing legislation to promote the restoration, protection, economy, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River for current residents and future generations.
About 30 legislators from Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces were in attendance. Mark’s slides can be downloaded here, and his recorded presentation is now available on YouTube. Some of the participants expressed envy over Ohio’s impactful H2Ohio grant program, which is serving as a catalyst for wetland restoration efforts across our state. Ohio serves as a role model for these legislators, as they consider effective ways to protect and improve water quality in the Great Lakes region.