About Wetlands of Distinction

SWS’s Wetlands of Distinction is an initiative intended to raise public awareness of wetlands and their many benefits to human health and the environment. To meet this goal, SWS has created a one-stop-shop for information on the biology, ecology, conservation status, and public access for high-functioning wetlands. SWS is also collaborating with the U.S. National Ramsar Committee so this initiative can become a vehicle for identifying and processing future applications for U.S. Ramsar designation.

We are currently in the process of creating an inventory of wetlands that have been deemed important by agencies and organizations. We are also accepting applications for new sites from wetland professionals, wetland enthusiasts, organizations, and individuals. The first step is to submit an application. Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed by a team of wetland professionals to ensure that the criteria for SWS Wetlands of Distinction status are met. Each SWS Chapter has a wetland specialist waiting to assist you with your application.

Please email the committee at swswetlandsofdistinction@gmail.com with any questions. Please visit www.wetlandsofdistinction.org to learn more about the initiative, see existing Wetlands of Distinction, create an account, and hopefully file an application for your favorite wetland.