UGI Advisory Board Member Honored by Society of Wetland Scientists
Jon Kusler- Associate Director and co-founder of the Association of State Wetland Managers and Urban Greenspaces Institute Advisory Board member- is this year's winner of the Society of Wetland Scientist's Lifetime Achievement Award. This special award is given biennially to individuals in recognition of a distinguished and extensive career in wetland science and management. Kusler- a lawyer- scientist and internationally recognized wetlands expert- has for the past 35 years played a key role in defining key directions in national wetland policy. He has authored over 50 published papers- books- and studies on wetland science- floodplain- and river management. Jon co-founded the national Association of State Floodplain Managers and founded and served as Director of the national Association of State Wetland Managers from 1984 to 2000.
Jon's influence on wetland and stream issues in Portland- OR has been profound. He was the keynote speaker at the first Wild in the City Symposium that Institute Director Mike Houck organized with the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College in 1981. Subsequently- Jon was instrumental in helping secure an EPA grant to help fund the 3rd Annual Country in the City Symposium held at Portland State University in 1990. That conference- which attracted over 700 attendees over a four day period- was a seminal meeting in promoting multiobjective management of urban streams and wetlands and rivers- here and throughout the U. S. Jon- through his many relationships and connections across the U. S. was able to attract experts from myriad disciplines including A L Riley- urban stream restorationist from Berkeley- CA; Rutherford Platt- Director of the Ecological Cities Project- both of whom are also members of the UGI national advisory board. Also attending from US EPA Office of Wetlands was symposium sponsor Jeanne Christie who now heads the Association of State Wetland Managers.
Jon- who directed the Association of State Wetland Managers from 1984 to 2000- and his colleagues provided inspiring examples of urban stream- wetland and riverine restoration from around the U. S. and internationally. The conference also put a spotlight on Portland and helped place us at the forefront of urban greenspaces planning in the U. S.
Congratulations Jon and thanks for your service to the Urban Greenspaces Institute by continuing to inspire and educate the nation on the functions and values of urban wetlands and greenspaces and continuing that dialogue with the Institute's staff and board.