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Tom Biebighauser

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Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ec...

Local Address:  Morehead , Kentucky , United States
Wetland Restoration and Training LLC

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  • B.S. , Wildlife Biology
    University of Minnesota
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Biography | Wetland Restoration & Training, 23 July 2015 [cached]
Thomas R. Biebighauser Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Biologist Wetland Restoration and Training LLC Morehead, KY 40351 E-Mail:
Thomas R. Biebighauser has been dedicated to wetland conservation, restoration, and establishment for over 33-years. He has worked to pioneer a multitude of techniques for restoring wetlands, including the use of groundwater dams and aquatic-safe liners. As a wildlife biologist, wetland ecologist, and founder of Wetland Restoration and Training LLC (home to the Center for Wetland and Stream Restoration), Tom has taught thousands of individuals how to restore wetlands by instructing Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshops in hundreds of communities. His specialty is helping educators build wetlands at schools. Tom has successfully restored and established over 1,700 wetlands in 22 states, two Canadian Provinces, New Zealand, and Taiwan to benefit rare amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, and fish species. He builds over 100-wetland a year, instructs online wetland restoration techniques courses at three Universities, and has written 3-books describing how drained wetlands can be restored by private landowners, consultants, and agency personnel.
Tom Biebighauser graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1978, and began his career with the USDA Forest Service as a Wildlife Biologist at the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, moving on to the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky in 1988, retiring from the Forest Service on June 1, 2013. Tom has successfully written hundreds of funding proposals, and has taken the lead in completing numerous partnership projects for restoring emergent, ephemeral, forested, and wet-meadow wetlands on public and private lands. He carries a deep and long-standing concern for environmental issues, and thus, finds it rewarding to repair wetlands that have failed, and to assist like-minded land managers who are initiating wetland and stream restoration programs.
Biebighauser is currently instructing graduate and undergraduate Wetland Restoration Techniques Classes for the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, State University of New York Environmental Science & Forestry Program, and for Eastern Kentucky University. He has prepared over 40-lessons describing wetland values, identification of drained wetlands, and the design and construction of wetlands for fish, wildlife, flood control, and for treating storm water. Students from around the world are taking these classes.
Tom assisted with the restoration of streams and wetlands in Kentucky and other States including the Coldstream Stream and Wetland Restoration Project in Fayette County, East Fork of Indian Creek in Menifee County, Elisha Creek in Leslie County, Slabcamp Creek and Stonecoal Branch in Rowan County, and Sand Lick Fork in Powell County.
Tom designed and restored a small stream on the Lindsey Wilson College Campus in Adair County, Kentucky and is currently helping to design stream restoration projects in Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, and British Columbia.
Tom is proficient at completing the NEPA documentation for wetland and stream restoration projects, including Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, Decision Memos, and Biological Assessments for Federally Endangered and Threatened Species. He regularly assists federal, state, and county agency personnel with the preparation of NEPA documents for stream and wetland projects.
Biebighauser is an expert at identifying drainage practices involving the use of wood, rock, clay, concrete, and plastic. He methodically researched the literature to learn how wetlands were changed into farmland and urban areas, beginning in the 1600's. He has interviewed numerous senior individuals who spent their lives draining wetlands and moving streams to document how wetlands were changed to other uses, and then worked with these people to actually drain wetlands.
Tom is skilled at locating springs that were directed underground, along with moved and channeled streams. Having reviewed hundreds of failed wetland and stream restoration projects, he advocates disabling historic drainage structures for achieving successful stream and wetland restoration. He has developed highly successful and practical techniques for restoring surface and groundwater wetlands relating to stream restoration projects on modified landscapes in forests, fields, and urban areas.
Tom enjoys leading hands-on workshops where participants learn about wetland restoration by actually constructing wetlands, having instructed wetland training in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, British Columbia, and Ontario. Tom began serving as an instructor for the British Columbia Wetlands Institute in 2003. In 2006, he took the lead in organizing the Wetland Restoration Institute, a week-long program that teaches individuals how to restore wetlands. He also coordinates and instructs the Northeast Wetland Restoration Institute in New York. He has helped over 120 teachers build wetlands at their schools for use as outdoor classrooms.
Tom has instructed wetland restoration classes for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Chinese Culture University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Morehead State University, State University of New York-ESF, Sweet Briar College, University of Louisville, University of Minnesota, Vermillion Community College, and Western Kentucky University. He also teaches workshops introducing educators to the WOW (Wonders of Wetlands), Aquatic Wild, and Project WET Curriculum Guides.
Biebighauser has designed and constructed over 300 wetlands on mined lands in Kentucky and West Virginia. These wetlands were built to clean run-off, recharge groundwater, reduce flooding, and improve fish and wildlife habitat. He pioneered the use of groundwater dams for wetland restoration, and is now using them for stream restoration. Tom has developed techniques for using liners, and has built over 200 naturally appearing wetlands on construction fill and on mined lands by using them. He also developed techniques for transforming deep and eroding ponds into attractive and naturally functioning wetlands.
Biebighauser has worked for over 15-years to develop techniques for restoring wetlands in the arid Southwestern United States and the Southern Interior of British Columbia. He has successfully designed, established, and restored hundreds of wetlands in desert areas to benefit rare and listed wildlife and fish species including bats and amphibians and reptiles. Tom has advanced techniques for restoring springs and the wetlands and streams historically supplied by springs in arid regions. He has developed and taught methods for restoring wetlands that also provide for livestock watering needs. His practices are strongly held by ranchers and range managers throughout the west.
Tom is helping the people of Taiwan to develop their wetland restoration program. He visited Taiwan for two-weeks in April, 2014 as a guest of Chinese Culture University in Taipei. During this time he instructed classes for Chinese Culture University, and gave presentations hosted by the Taiwan EPA, Taiwan Forest Bureau, and Guandau Nature Park. He worked with students and administrators to design wetland restoration projects.
In 2015 Tom worked with the New Zealand Fish and Game and many partners to restore 19-wetlands in New Zealand. He instructed four Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshops on the North and South Islands where participants designed and built wetlands using heavy equipment and explosives.
His passion for restoring wetlands and streams has been recognized by numerous national and regional awards. Tom has assisted 24-National Forests with the design and construction of wetland projects. For five years, he served as Chairperson for the Cave Run Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
In 2003, he wrote and published the book A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the Izaak Walton League of America. His second book, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair, was released in 2007, by the University Press of Kentucky in partnership with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE. Tom's third book, Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide was published in October, 2011 by the Wetland Trust in New York. Tom has worked closely with the publishers to obtain funding to print and market these books, distributing over 40,000 copies worldwide.
In 2007, Tom worked with partners to establish the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration, an association of government, university, nonprofit, and businesses that promotes and helps individuals w
BCWF Wetlands Institute Instructors Announced, 24 May 2007 [cached]
BCWF Wetlands Education program is pleased to announce that the US Forest Service is providing the services of Wetlands Restoration Specialist, Mr. Tom Biebighauser who will again be returning as Lead Instructor to the Wetlands Institute.
Biebighauser graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1978 and began a career with the Forest Service as Wildlife Biologist at the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, moving on to the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky in 1988.He began restoring wetlands in 1982 in northeastern Minnesota and has since established over 950 such sites in Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, and British Columbia.Tom has successfully written hundreds of funding proposals and has taken the lead in completing numerous partnership projects for restoring emergent, ephemeral, forested, and wet meadow wetlands on public and private lands.
Wetlands | Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, 11 Feb 2006 [cached]
By: Tom Biebighauser
About Tom Biebighauser
Tom Biebighauser is a wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist with decades of experience in wetland and stream restoration. He currently owns and operates Wetland Restoration and Training LLC. He retired in 2013 from a 35-year career as a wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service, stationed from 1998 until 2013 at the Morehead Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. As a PRIDE consultant, Tom assists schools and nonprofit organizations across the region with wetland education and construction.
Tom began making wetlands in 1982 on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. He moved to Kentucky in 1988 and has since established over 700 seasonal, permanent, emergent, and forested wetlands in Kentucky and Ohio. He built these wetlands in partnership with numerous organizations and thousands of volunteers.
Tom received a National Forest System, Taking Wing Award, for completing the Wild Wings Wetland Project in 1993, a, Taking Wing Award, for Leadership in Wetland Restoration in 1998, and a, Taking Wing Award, for Community Involvement in 2001. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Award of Merit sponsored by Goodyear and the National Association of Conservation Districts for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation practices. He was the 2005 recipient of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE's Kentucky PRIDE Award for his leadership in restoring the state's wetlands and his commitment to educating children and adults about wetlands.
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- The website of Tom Biebighauser, a wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service who consults on these issues. He has advised the Cowichan Land Trust who are doing a number of wetland conservation projects.
Laker Country WJRS 104.9 fm | WJKY 1060 am, 20 Sept 2008 [cached]
"Referring to Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair is the next best thing to our working together to restore a wetland," said author Tom Biebighauser, a wildlife biologist for the Daniel Boone National Forest and international wetlands expert.
The highly effective techniques described were developed by Biebighauser over 25 years building wetlands across North America. His groundbreaking work has earned him national awards and international instructor engagements.
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