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Mr. Tom Biebighauser

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Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ec...

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

Employment History

  • Restoration Specialist
    Wetland Restoration and Training LLC
  • Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist
    Training Center
  • Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist
    Center for Wetlands
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
    Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Wildlife Biologist
    Superior National Forest
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forest Products Laboratory

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Wetland Restoration and Training LLC
  • Founder
    Training Center


  • B.S. , Wildlife Biology
    University of Minnesota
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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.
Tom Biebighauser, founder of ... [cached]
Tom Biebighauser, founder of the Wetland Restoration and Training Center, has managed to unearth (pun intended - you'll get it in a minute) what in my mind, is one of the most significant hidden barriers to wetland restoration success: buried historic drainage structures.
Tom Biebighauser and the Center for Wetland and Stream Restoration
ASWM: Current Edition of Wetland Breaking News, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Special thanks to contributors of this issue: Tom Biebighauser, US Forest Service; Debbie Slobe, Playa Lakes Joint Venture; Ann Riley, San Francisco Bay Region Water Quality Control Board.
Thomas R. Biebighauser, a wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service in Daniel Boone National Forest , has taught wetland management workshops across North America . In fact, he is a three-time recipient of the Forest Service's national Taking Wing award and is an expert in the field while working on over 1,000 restoration projects.
Thomas R. Biebighauser will lead a workshop on the history of wetland drainage. Ecologists working to restore wetlands are not often aware of the extraordinary efforts taken by generations of farmers to drain fields for crop production. Beginning in 1835, a new way was found to remove excess waters from fields in New York by hand digging ditches to bury clay tile. For more information on registration, contact Tom Biebighauser at
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Instructors include Tom Biebighauser, Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service and Kandris Goodwin, Programs Coordinator, University of Kentucky , Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment. To register please send an e-mail to: For additional information call Tom Biebighauser (606) 356-4569.
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.
Thomas R. ..., 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
Thomas R. Biebighauser Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist Wetland Restoration and Training Morehead, KY 40351 E-Mail:
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. He began restoring wetlands in 1982 in Minnesota and has since established over 1,600 wetlands in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.
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 and State University of New York Environmental Science & Forestry Program. He has prepared over 35-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 online classes.
Tom is assisting 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 historic drainage practices on landscapes that involved the use of wood, rock, clay, cement, and plastic drains. He 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 (99%) and practical techniques for restoring surface and groundwater wetlands relating to stream restoration projects on modified landscapes in forests, fields, and urban areas.
Biebighauser advanced the use of groundwater dams for wetland restoration and now incorporates them in stream restoration projects. He has built over 900 wetlands in Kentucky, designing and supervising the construction of wet-meadow, shrub, forest, emergent, and ephemeral wetlands. Tom administers over 3-million dollars in stream and wetland restoration contracts annually on public and private lands.
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, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maryland, 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 semi-annual 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. Two years later, he helped coordinate and instruct the Northeast Wetland Restoration Institute in New York. He has helped over 120 teachers build wetlands at their schools for use as outdoor classrooms, and encourages hundreds of students each year to put on waders and venture into wetlands for exploration. Tom has instructed wetland restoration classes for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, 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 100 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. 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.
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 38,000 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 with wetland and stream restoration programs across the United States and Canada. The website he developed for the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration contains numerous publications, photo albums, and documents, along with training announcements.
Thomas R. Biebighauser, A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds, USDA Forest Service, 33 pages, 2003. Thomas R. Biebighauser, Vernal Pond Encore, Birdscapes, Winter 2004, page 26. 2004 Thomas R. Biebighauser, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair, Lexington, KY, University Press of Kentucky, 2007. Thomas R. Biebighauser, How to Build a Vernal Pond, Outdoor America, Winter Issue, pp. 16-17, 2008. Thomas R. Biebighauser, Build Your Own Wetland, Volume 3, Issue 2, Kentucky Woodlands Magazine, pp. 12-15, 2008. Thomas R. Biebighauser and Arthur C. Parola, Jr., PhD, P.E.
Thomas R. Biebighauser. Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide. Upper Susquehanna Coalition, 186 pages, 2011 Thomas R. Biebighauser and Cindy Schafer, Practical Meets Natural, Wetlands aid in storm water runoff, provide plant and animal habitat.
Thomas R. Biebighauser, Wetlands for Whitetails, Quality Whitetails Magazine, June-July 2012, pages 36-39.
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