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AMWS is fully committed to the professional development of our members. As a result, we offer a variety of workshops on wetland science and regulatory updates. Non-members are welcome to attend. However, membership is encouraged through reduced workshop rates and other benefits.

AMWS workshops are recognized for their value: nowhere else will you find top working wetland scientists "giving back" to the profession at such affordable rates. As a result, AMWS members only are offered the limited number of seats during the first two weeks of posting an event.

As an added value of AMWS membership, we also offer social networking opportunities with other environmental professionals. These events generally take place in central Massachusetts, and may include appetizers and drinks, as well as a speaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Updated 8/26/16)



Left Photo: Courtesy Brent Baeslack (Haverhill ConCom) - Instructors Dwight Dunk (CDM) and Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting) discuss the riprap foot of the restored slope at low tide during the field portion of the 9/30/11 AMWS Riverbank Stabilization Techniques Workshop in Haverhill, Mass. Of note, the tree stump in the water is secured by cables, and was added to aid stability and provide fish habitat.

Right Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.) - Instructor Art Allen (EcoTec) at a deep hole featured at the AMWS Advanced Soil Identification Workshop, held June 22nd & 23rd, 2010, in Grafton, Mass.




Above Photo: Courtesy of Briscoe Lang (Pare Corporation). The field portion of the AMWS workshop, Classic River Morphology, was held 9/26/14

on the West Branch of the Swift River in Belchertown. Here instructors Heidi Davis (MassDEP), Paul Beaulieu (Tighe & Bond) and Patrick Garner

(Patrick Garner Co.) explain bankfull.




Additional workshop photo, courtesy Heidi Davis (DEP).   4/17/16 Interdunal Swales walk in Ipswich, courtesy Lana Spillman (Topsfield ConCom).



Most of us work independently or by ourselves in the field. AMWS workshops are a chance to get collegial feedback.







Additional Free “Benefits of AMWS Membership” Nature Walk:


September 18, 2016 (Sunday)

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Sandy Point State Reservation (southern tip of Plum Island)

(Access through Parker River National Wildlife Refuge)

Ipswich, Mass.       


Sandy Point State Reservation is an important nesting area for the piping plover and the least tern. Join wetland scientist John Dick (Hancock Associates, retired) for a free nature walk centered around a tidal event. He will address eroding coastal banks, tides and punctuated equilibrium. This will be a small group, and may include reps from DEP NERO and nearby Conservation Commissions. You'll meet in the parking lot at Parker River National Refuge. Make a morning of it, and join John for a pre-walk breakfast (address forthcoming) at 8 a.m.! 


For directions and RSVP, contact:        


Information coming soon on our free AMWS Social Networking Event **and** our new

Coastal Workshop!                                                                                          



November 18, 2016 (half-day Friday)                                                                    

Annual Meeting/Navigating Wetlands Consultant Peer Review in Massachusetts:

   Techniques, Ethics and Process

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, Mass.


Massachusetts General Law 44 §53G, commonly referred to as 53G, permits conservation commissions to adopt regulations requiring an applicant to pay for wetland consultant review of permit requests. This law was intended to level the playing field for conservations commissions--many of which do not have the time or expertise to adequately judge a proposal. However, 53G is often misunderstood and misused. Some commissions don’t want to unnecessarily burden an applicant with additional fees or the possibility of  delays when rendering a decision. Others find peer review to be a critically important tool that is essential to conducting their duties and statutory responsibilities under the Wetlands Protection Act. In reality, peer review can be a win-win tool for both the commission and applicant if implemented judiciously and fairly.


You are invited to this discussion of the peer review process from the unique perspective of an environmental attorney, a conservation commission agent and an environmental consultant.  You'll hear what works, what doesn’t work, and what improvements can be made to the process to ensure a fair, professional, efficient and ethical peer review. Finally, consideration will be given to creating a peer review guideline for conservation commissions and consultants.


This half-day meeting will culminate with a brief business meeting and our popular members-only cash prize raffle. (Members get three chances to win $100! AMWS Board of Directors excluded.)


Presenters: Barry Fogel, Esq. ( Keegan Werlin); Michele Grzenda (Weston Conservation Commission); Ann Marton (LEC Environmental Consultants)


Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon. Meeting includes a continental breakfast starting @ 8:15 a.m. and a certificate of attendance.


Cost: Members - $90 ($80 if paid by 9/15/16); Non-Members - $125


Questions/comments? Contact:



Not an AMWS member? See JOIN section on this website!


(1) Fees are due in advance of the workshop. Should you require reimbursement by your employer, an invoice will be provided upon request.

(2) In the unlikely event that we have insufficient registrations two (2) weeks before a workshop, we reserve the right to cancel it. Your fee will be returned in full.

(3) If you must cancel seven (7) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less $25. No refunds six (6) days or less before a workshop. Note: Substitutions are fine and may be made without charge, as long as the difference between member and non-member fees is paid, and there is no one on the Wait List. Please note that your substitute will not receive a Certificate of Attendance unless AMWS is notified before the workshop so the Wait List may be checked and availability confirmed.

**We regret the cancellation charge, but your absence may affect whether the workshop is held, and will affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS itself--as we have fixed expenses.

(4) Registration is only guaranteed when you are given confirmation by email. Do not assume you are registered otherwise. Workshop participants often receive box lunches or supplies that are not ordered in excess. Additionally, the instructor/participant ratio must be maintained for optimal learning.
(5) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Wait List will be maintained.
(6) CEUs are usually available from the certifying authority. All participants are given a Certificate of Attendance.



NOTE: As of 1/01/11, Continuing Ed units are no longer pre-approved by the N.H. Board. You still need continuing education, but it is now call Continuing Education Hours (versus units), w/ 1 hour = 1 CEH. It is the responsibility of the candidate to decide whether or not the course is relevant to the practice of Soil or Wetland Science. For more info, see




AMWS ALSO LISTS ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND MEETINGS OFFERED BY OTHER GROUPS that may be of interest to our members. Mention of a particular conference, course, or company does not imply endorsement by AMWS.



September 1, 2016 (Thurs.)

New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists
Wetland Delineation & Jurisdiction in Agricultural Settings
8:00AM - 4:00PM

NHDES Auditorium
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Admit it---some of our toughest wetland delineations are in agricultural settings. These challenging sites not only test our delineation skills but they also confuse and puzzle us when it comes to the regulatory side of things.

There are delineations in active agricultural operations and delineations in abandoned situations. Three parameters or disturbed? Hydric soil or permanently drained hydric soil? Why are there hydrophytes everywhere? Dark A or manure?

Then- the even harder confusing part starts-is it 'Jurisdictional'? What needs to be shown on plans? What are 'Normal Conditions'? What is considered a 'Change in Use'? Is it abandoned? Is it maintained? Federal vs State. When is a Wetland Impact Permit required? Does an agricultural pond need a permit to be maintained? How about ditches? What are traditional agricultural management practices? How do they affect what we see in the field today? Where do the NH Agricultural Best Management Practices come in? This workshop will cover questions like these and many more!

• Michael Lynch - Resource Conservationist, USDA NRCS
• Karen Dudley - Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS
• Ruth Ladd - Chief, Policy & Technical Support Branch (PATS) USACE
• Paul Minkin - Senior Wetland Ecologist, PATS, USACE
• Mary Ann Tilton - Wetlands Bureau Assistant Administrator, NHDES Land Resources Management Wetland Bureau

Just go to our WEBSITE were you can register online via PayPal or print the flyer and mail in your check.
(Includes light breakfast and lunch)
NHANRS Members/Students $50.00
Non-Members $60.00

7 contact hours
6 credits for designers/installers


New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists
PO Box 110
Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0110
(603) 224-0401



Friday September 9, 2016

New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists

9:00AM - 3:30PM

(Located behind Epsom Central School)
EPSOM, NH 03234

Want to improve your wildlife tracking skills? Join NHANRS for a workshop with George Leoniack, Track and Sign Evaluator for Cybertracker Conservation (

Through Cybertracker Conservation George holds a Senior Tracker certificate, Track and Sign Specialist certificate in two locations (New England and Southern California), and a Trailing Specialist certificate in Southern Vermont. He has studied with many well-known tracking teachers, including Paul Rezendes, Mark Elbroch, Jon Young, Charles Worsham, and Tom Brown Jr.

This workshop will be geared to people who have some basic knowledge about wildlife tracking and want to improve and expand their knowledge, but all skill levels, including beginners, will benefit. The workshop location offers a variety of muddy and sandy substrates, and tracks from a variety of species are typically present.

George Leoniak has passionately explored the subject of animal tracking for over 20 years. He has been evaluated in the field by Cybertracker Conservation, and has earned a Senior Tracker certificate. He holds a Track and Sign Specialist certificate in two locations (New England and Southern California), as well as a Trailing Specialist certificate in Southern Vermont. He is recognized as a Track and Sign Evaluator for Cybertracker Conservation in North America. He has an M.S. through Antioch University in Conservation Biology, and has a B.A. from Marlboro College in Biology and Psychology. He is also a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Program.

Just go to our WEBSITE were you can register online via PayPal or print the flyer and mail in your check.

Seating is limited to 15 people, so sign up early!

(Includes light breakfast and lunch)
NHANRS Members/Students $75.00
Non-Members $90.00

6 contact hours.


New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists
PO Box 110
Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0110
(603) 224-0401



This conference has been approved for Soil Evaluator and Mass. Forester licensing

Discounted pricing on Early Bird Registration ends this Friday, Aug. 26

Soils Across the Landscape

2016 Massachusetts Soils Conference

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mount Wachusett Community

444 Green St., Gardner, MA



This conference has been approved for 7 total hours - 4.0 TCHs (lecture) and 3.0 TCH (field session) for Soil Evaluator (SE) renewal under the Massachusetts Title 5 program and 5.5 CFE credits will be awarded in Category I for MA Forester Licensing.

More information, including a tentative agenda, speaker bios and how to register, is available on the

 Worcester County Conservation District website




Are you a full time student?

You may be eligible for discounted registration
Please contact the Worcester County Conservation District if you are interested in attending this Soils Conference and are a full time student by emailing or call 508-829-4477 ext. 5



Sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts, the Worcester County Conservation District, and Mount Wachusett Community College



Sept. 9, 2016

SWS-NE Field Trip (Open to All!)


The Northeast Chapter of the SWS is sponsoring a field trip to several excellent sites that are closely located with one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester areas of Vermont.  The field visits will highlight wetland areas that been restored for several years and doing well; sites that have been restored for several years and need invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer); and sites that are new and hopeful for future funding and in need of full planning from the beginning stages of the process. The field trip will be led by Mr. James Eikenberry, Wetlands Specialist, from the USDA NRCS in Vermont.

We may also be able to coordinate with active wetlands restoration construction on one or two of the sites.  We are hoping to coordinate the tour with a USFWS wetlands restoration design, permitting, and installation expert.  


TNC’s website provides some background and can be viewed here:


To register:






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