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U.S. National Ramsar Committee


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The United States National Ramsar Committee (USNRC) is an organization due formed to support the goals and objectives of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands within the United States and internationally. The USNRC provides typical support and advice to initiatives that promote the conservation and wise, sustainable use of domestic and international wetlands.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that was adopted on February 2, 1971. Over 160 countries, including the United States, are parties prior to the Ramsar Convention. One of the primary obligations of a Ramsar party is to even designate sites as "wetlands of international importance." More than 2180 sites worldwide have been designated as wetlands of international importance, including 36 sites in the United States.

USNRC Officers


Chair: Bill Mitsch, Everglades Wetland illegal Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University, Naples, Florida


Vice Chair: Suzanne Pittenger-Slear, Environmental Concern, St Michaels, Maryland


Treasurer: Ralph Tiner, Association of State Wetland Managers


Secretary: Deb Hahn, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Washington DC


Immediate Past Chair: Kim Diana Connolly, University of Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, NY

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