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Mr. Thomas R. Biebighauser

Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist

The Wetland Trust

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The Wetland Trust

4729 State Route 414

Burdett, New York 14818

United States

Company Description

The Wetland Trust is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit corporation organized in 2008. Our original impetus came from the Upper Susquehanna Coalition (, an association of County Soil and Water Conservation Districts with an extensive wetland restoratio ... more

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Employment History

Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist

Center for Wetlands

Wetland Restoration and Training

Association of State Wetland Managers Inc

Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Forest Service

Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist

Trainings LLC



Wildlife Biology

University of Minnesota

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Biography | Wetland Restoration & Training [cached]

Thomas R. Biebighauser Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Biologist Wetland Restoration and Training LLC Morehead, KY 40351 E-Mail:

Tom Biebighauser has been enthusiastically restoring wetlands for over 34-years. He has designed over 5,000 wetland restoration projects and has successfully supervised the construction of over 1,800 wetlands in 22 states, British Columbia, Ontario, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan. Tom builds over 150-wetlands each year, and has developed highly successful and inexpensive techniques for constructing wetlands in urban areas, on rangeland, farmland, and in forested areas. He specializes in planning and building wetlands to provide habitat for endangered and threatened species of animals and plants.
Tom has developed techniques for building wetlands on urban and drained farmland, at schools, on mined land, and in timber sale areas. He has calculated how to build these wetlands so they will not require maintenance. His techniques involve:
Tom has designed and built wetlands in hundreds of urban areas. Some of the larger urban areas he has worked to build wetlands include; Victoria, British Columbia, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Somerset, KY, Minneapolis, MN, and Cincinnati, Ohio. These projects often involve changing ditches into streams, and building naturally appearing and functioning wetlands to clean storm water runoff, attenuate flooding, and increase wildlife viewing opportunities. He has built approximately 200-wetlands at universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.
Tom worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service for 34-years, helping personnel from federal, state, and county agencies initiate wetland and stream restoration programs across the United States. He took the lead in completing hundreds of partnership projects for building emergent, ephemeral, forested, and wet-meadow wetlands on public lands during his career with the Forest Service.
Tom teaches that when restoring a wetland, it is necessary to identify and disable historic drainage practices to be successful on the site. He became an expert at identifying actions taken to destroy wetlands including the use of ditches, channeling of streams, filling, and installation of buried drainage structures made from wood, rock, clay, concrete, and plastic. Tom methodically researched the literature from the 1600's to learn how wetlands were changed into farmland, and for urban areas. He has interviewed hundreds of seniors who spent their lives draining wetlands and moving streams, documenting their practices so others can be successful in wetland and stream restoration.
Tom teaches over 1,000 individuals each year how to design and restore wetlands. He instructs unique 1-7 day long Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshops where participants learn how to restore wetlands by becoming involved in the design and construction of one or more wetlands from start to finish. These practical training sessions are responsible for empowering hundreds of individuals to restore thousands of wetlands across North America.
Tom has a passion for encouraging and helping people initiate wetland and stream restoration programs. He developed and teaches online graduate and undergraduate-level courses explaining wetland restoration techniques at Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Louisville-Speed School of Engineering, and the State University of New York Environmental Science & Forestry Program.
Tom has written 4-books and numerous publications about restoring wetlands: Over 40,000 copies of his books have been distributed worldwide:
Thomas R. Biebighauser, A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds, USDA Forest Service, 33 pages, 2003.
Thomas R. Biebighauser, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair, Lexington, KY, University Press of Kentucky, 2007. Thomas R. Biebighauser. Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide. Upper Susquehanna Coalition, 186 pages, 2011. Eubanks, Ellen and Thomas Biebighauser. September 2014. Restoration of Forests, Grasslands, and Wetlands Damaged by Off-Highway Vehicles. 238 pages. USDA Forest Service. National Technology & Development Program, San Dimas, California. U.S. Government Printing Office: 2015-576-483/24032 Region No. 10.

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by Thomas R. Biebighauser

The author reveals practices used to restore over 1,400 wetlands in 18 states and two Canadian provinces, answering questions asked by the thousands of professionals and landowners who have taken the hands-on wetland restoration workshops he instructs across North America...

With participants from all over the ... [cached]

With participants from all over the Eastern United States, fall foliage at its upstate New York peak, and speaker and author Tom Biebighauser at his best, we were nonstop for the entire week both learning, and restoring wetlands.

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The TWT finished illustrating, editing, formatting, and publishing a very informative book on wetland restoration and creation for our partner and Author Tom Biebighauser.

Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and ... [cached]

Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair, book by Thomas R. Biebighauser, University Press of Kentucky

Wetland Restoration and Construction, a Technical Guide by Thomas R. Biebighauser and published by The Wetland Trust
How to Build a Vernal Pool, article by Thomas R. Biebighauser and Cindy Han
More on Tom Biebighauser,
Tom Biebighauser has restored over 1,400 emergent, ephemeral, forested, shrub, and wet-meadow wetlands on public and private lands in 18-states and 2- Canadian provinces. 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.
Tom enjoys leading workshops where participants learn about wetland and stream restoration by actually constructing wetlands, and has instructed hands-on wetland training in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, 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. He has also helped over 90 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's passion for wetland and stream restoration has resulted in his receiving numerous awards during his career, including recognition for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation practices from Goodyear Tire and the National Association of Conservation Districts, as well as three National Taking Wing Awards for leadership, community involvement, and outstanding accomplishments. He also was awarded a National Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award for significant contributions to bat management and wetland restoration.
In 2003, Tom wrote and published the book A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds, which he used in his workshops as a training guide. His second book, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair, was well received upon its release in 2007.
Tom and his wife Dee have two married children and two grandchildren. They are both active in their church, where Tom is a Sunday School teacher. When he isn't exploring and photographing wetlands, he can be found making improvements to their farm in Kentucky, which Dee has aptly named Twisted Arm Farm.
He invites you to visit the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration website:, or to e-mail him at
Tom Biebighauser
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"We want this pond to hold ... [cached]

"We want this pond to hold water for hundreds of years," Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Ecologist of Wetland Restoration and Training LLC said.

Biebighauser has spent decades repairing wetlands and is very active in restoring House Pond.
He described to the groups the process of installing a liner.

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