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Specialists Training for Wetlands Restoration
This project was made possible through a donation by the Trust for
Mutual Understanding and various sources collected by the participants.
Report on the Training Exchange by Employees of the
Tytuvenai Regional Park
Two employees of the Tytuvenai Regional Park came to the United States for
training, 7-21 August, 1999. The Tytuvenai Regional Park is in the
central part of Lithuania and is unique for its vast wetlands. Because of
this, the primary purpose of the training was to learn how wetlands are
cared for and how they are presented for ecological education and tourism,
in the US. Training sessions were organized by ECOLOGIA, who also
provided 50% of the financial backing.
During the exchange, the paricipants worked with Ecoscience, a private
firm, whose mission is wetlands restoration and remediation. With
Ecoscience's help, we learned to recognize and evaluate wetland types;
delineate wetland borders, using the Geographic Positioning System (GPS);
and, in a laboratory, we used the latest techniques to increase the number
of wetland plants growing in a test tube.
The other half of the exchange was about the protection and care of
wetlands and learning about environmental protection in the United States.
We also were interested in ecological education and recreation. We met
with various private and government institutions, whose mission is
environmental protection. Among these were:
We also met with these environmentalist organizations:
- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Wetlands
- Employees of the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- A representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
- Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
- Employees of federal and state parks and wildlife preserves;
- Employees of Tinicum Wildlife Refuge;
- Representatives of the Monroe County Environmental Education Center
most advanced in Pennsylvania) and county-sponsored regional wildlife
- Private caretakers of land owned by the Nature Conservancy;
- We visited many State Parks, camp sites and other recreational areas.
In Lithuania, the vast areas of exploited and neglected peat bogs show
that in the near future, even in Lithuania, wetland remediation will
become reality. The information about taking inventories of wetlands and
their surrounding areas, wetland classification, propagation of the value
of wetlands, the strengthening of wetlands protection laws, and the
preparation and execution of wetlands restoration and remediation, which
we gathered in the meetings we had and hands-on work we did, will be used
in our own work. We will use our accumulated experiences in our work with
ecological education, customer service and in organizing recreational
- A representative of the Audubon Society regional chapter;
- Local and state represtenatives of the Nature Conservancy.
Gintaras Matiukas, Director, Tytuvenai Regional Park
Roma Matiukiene, Manager, Tytuvenai Regional Park
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