2022 NAWM Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting

 Protecting Waters in a Time of Rapid Change

We invite you to join us for NAWM’s (formerly ASWM)Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting, to be held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) from August 15-19, 2022. The purpose of this annual meeting is to support state and tribal wetland program managers, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. Although we are currently scheduled to be at the NCTC, we will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic very closely and will follow all federal guidelines and mandates related to the pandemic. If circumstances require it, we will shift the meeting to a fully virtual format.


August 15-19, 2022


National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, WV

Focus areas for this year’s meeting include:

  • Sharing the Marsh: Approaches to Equitably Engaging Communities in Wetland Protection and Restoration
  • Staying Afloat: Regulatory Changes and Opportunities for States and Tribes
  • Building Your Nest: Developing a Community of Practice through Effective Outreach and Communications
  • Foraging for Funds: Sticking Your Straw into the Infrastructure Pot for Climate Resiliency
  • Learning to Fly: Advances in Geospatial Tools and Technology
  • Passing the Will-O’-Wisp: Continuity and Mentorship for Staffing Changes




Draft Agenda is posted here. (5/9/22)

Daily Schedule


All abstracts must address wetland-related issues relevant to the agenda topics for the 2022 Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting.

Deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, June 13, 2022.

For more information and to submit an abstract, please go here.


The Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award competition will fund all expenses for one or more U.S.-based students studying wetland science, law or policy (either undergraduate or graduate level) to attend NAWM's annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination meeting.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 13, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please go here


A limited number of financial scholarships are available to assist those in need with registration costs and travel expenses to attend NAWM's Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting. Scholarships of up to $1,000 may be granted with the intent to support as many of our colleagues as possible. If you are able to cover some of your registration costs and or travel expenses, that will enable more of our colleagues to attend.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, June 16, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please go here.


Sponsor Benefits: Sponsors are invited to attend and interact with meeting participants throughout the four-day meeting. In the past, this meeting has been attended by approximately 135 engaged in-person participants. All sponsors receive prominent logo placement on all meeting materials and the option to have an exhibitor table at the meeting. Sponsor logos will appear on the Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting event website, meeting program and conference communications (including social media).

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 15, 2022.

Information on Sponsorship Opportunities is available here.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Egret Sponsor

Pew Charitable Trusts

Kingfisher Sponsor

Ducks Unlimited


 Learn more about our Sponsors 





Registration Rates


If your plans change and you cannot attend, written notice must be provided to Laura Burchill at NAWM () by the following deadlines:

Cancellation Deadlines 
Before July 18, 2022           Full refund (no charge) 
July 18 - August 1, 2022           Full refund, less a $50.00 service charge
After August 1, 2022           No refund
Any time before August 10, 2022           You may substitute the name on your registration, but you must notify NAWM of the change.



NAWM is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for the annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination (STFC) Meeting. All individuals participating in any in-person aspect of the Annual Meeting are required to follow the policies of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). We will continue to revise our procedures as needed to reflect the current state of the pandemic. Anyone who refuses to follow NCTC COVID-19 protocols and requirements will be required to leave the facility immediately and will not receive a refund for any expenses incurred by attending NAWM’s Annual Meeting. NAWMcannot, however, guarantee that NAWM staff, board members or other in-person attendees at this meeting will not become infected with COVID-19. Read more here. 


698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: 877-706-6282 or 304-876-7900

Room Rate

Single Room Rate is $165 per person per night (includes $15 per night sustainability fee and meal plan). Participants who lodge on-site must participate in the NCTC Meal Plan that begins with dinner on the day of check-in and ends with lunch on the day of check-out. Please call NCTC for reservations and mention that you are part of the NAWM room block. Please note, NCTC does not have any rooms available for the night of August 15th. 


The National Conservation Training Center, or frequently referred to as NCTC, is located just 60 miles or just over 1 hour outside the Washington DC metropolitan beltway. They are part of the Shepherdstown, West Virginia community also known for the nearby state university just down the road. They are located closest to the Washington Dulles International Airport, but many customers also use Baltimore/Washington International and Reagan National (DC) Airport. 

Directions to NCTC ~ Maps ~ Shuttle Service ~ Facility

Directions to NCTC

Driving Directions/Map

Washington Dulles Airport

Reagan National Airport

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Shuttle Service is available for arrivals from Dulles Airport to NCTC on Sunday, August 14th at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Then from NCTC to Dulles Airport on Friday, August 19th at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $100 for one way or round trip. You may reserve a time on the shuttle when making your room reservation.

Carpool Sign Up: Looking for a ride or can offer a colleague a ride, please sign up here.


Google Maps: Mapping websites have a difficult time locating NCTC using their mailing address. However, Google Maps will show you how to get to the NCTC entrance via 100 Col Shepherd Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, USA.

NCTC Facility 

About NCTC

General Information: Phone, Hours, Dining, Day Care, Service, Gym

NCTC: Points of Interest, USFWS Conservation Library, USFWS Conservation Museum and Archives, Vallen Comrades Memorial Wall, Elm Grove Overlook, Butterfly Garden

Facility Activities: Birding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Running, and Photography

Things to Do in Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown Visitors Center
Jefferson County WV Chamber of Commerce
Berkeley County WV Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events

For more local activities, visit the Friends of NCTC website.

Recreation, Entertainment, Attractions

Antiques and Flea Markets
Cress Creek Country Club
Morgan's Grove Park
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Potomac Valley Audubon Society
Shepherdstown Music and Dance
The Shepherdstown Opera House
Upper Potomac Music Weekends
Yankauer Nature Preserve
Washington Heritage Trail

A complete list of things to do in Shepherdstown, can be found here.

Contact InformationNAWM


Brenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst
National Association of Wetland Managers
(207) 892-3399;

Marla Stelk, Executive Director
National Association of Wetland Managers
(207) 892-3399;

General Information

Laura Burchill, Office Manager
National Association of Wetland Managers
500 Washington Avenue, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04103
(207) 892-3399; Fax: (207) 894-7992;