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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.

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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 of Heidi Davis (MassDEP).




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



Continuing 2015 WORKSHOPS

(Additional workshops & webinars may be added.)




9/18/15 (Friday) 

Inland Streams: The Latest “Must Know” Regulations & Science

Northborough, Mass.

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Many wetland scientists struggle with inland streams.  From the definition (perennial/intermittent) to the resources and performance standards (braided? bank? Land Under Water?), they may mischaracterize resources.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss watersheds, bankfull, StreamStats and recent SOC and adjudicatory cases in the morning classroom session, then visit two streams in the afternoon.


This workshop has been relocated from Chelmsford to Northborough to accommodate the overwhelming response and include a demonstration by national StreamStats guru and GIS specialist Pete Steeves on the latest version of perennial/intermittent, bankfull and low-flow equation applications. Bring your lunch and wear knee-high waterproof boots. 


Instructors:  Heidi Davis (MassDEP), John Dick (Hancock Associates), Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.); Pete Steeves (USGS)

Member Cost: $90    Non-member cost: $150      Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance











12/04/15 (Friday)

AMWS Annual Meeting/Ethics for Wetland Professionals: Protect Yourself, Raise the Bar

Boylston, Mass.

8:45 a.m. – noon


We covered the financial aspects of conflicts of interest and misuse of the municipal employee position at our popular 2014 Ethics workshop in Weston.  We’ll reference these, but focus on common challenges that wetland scientists encounter daily in the field and with public presentations.  You’ll get the perspective of an environmental attorney, a Conservation Commission Agent, a continuing education author on ethical issues, and long-time wetland consultants. As importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions, either pre-submitted or from the floor.  Above all, the meeting is intended to answer questions—not point fingers—to make everyone a better wetland scientist.


The topic will be followed by a short business meeting and election of officers, plus our popular $100 cash door prizes for members!


Presenters & Panel Members: Bill Kuriger(W.E. Kuriger Associates); Adam Brodsky, Esq. (Drohan, Tocchio & Morgan); Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.); Michele Grzenda (Weston Conservation Commission); Mike Seekamp (Seekamp Environmental)

Member Cost: $80 (Members, register before 11/13/15 & subtract $10) Non-member: $130  Includes Continental Breakfast   Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 11/27/15











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.





Wetland Replication and Restoration:

Let's Get it Right!


Saturday, October 17 - Devens Common Center
Check-in 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch provided

To learn more and to register:








September 25, 2015 (rain date 9/26/15)

Calcareous Soils and Vegetation in Western Connecticut, 

    A Wetland Delineation Exercise
Sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists &

    the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England

Sharon and Salisbury, Connecticut


You are invited to join us for a field workshop jointly sponsored jointly by the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England and the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists. Friday September 25, 2015 8:30 am-4:00 pm (Raindate: Saturday 9/26/15)
Location: Sharon and Salisbury Connecticut, exact locations TBD, registrants will be notified of meeting location.
Topics to Include:
·         How to know whether a site contains calcareous soils
·         Why the expression of redox features is muted in calcareous soils
·         Applying Connecticut Wetland Methodology
·         Detailed Soil Descriptions
·         Criteria for distinguishing hydric from non-hydric calcareous soils
·         Indicator plants associated with calcareous soils
Cost: $75 for SSSSNE or CAWS members, $85 for non-members Workshop includes morning snack, but not lunch—bring your own lunch.

Please email if you are going to be registering for this workshop which is limited to first 50 people who register.

Payment can be made by sending a check to PO Box 258, Storrs CT. 06268 - include name, email, address, and contact number or Using our SECURE payment via credit card (PayPal or other credit card).





New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS)

October 16, 2015
Coastal Wetlands Conference 2015
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A), Rye, NH, 03870

The third NHANRS Coastal Wetlands Conference will be held at the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A), Rye, NH, 03870 on October 16, 2015. Our working title is "The New England Coastline - Issues and Answers".

Please consider presenting your research on any pertinent coastal wetlands topic and/or being a sponsor for this event. Sponsors will be featured in our conference program and on media screens throughout the day. See the Event page on our website for details.

Please contact Susan at or 603-224-0401, or Bill Kuriger, Ph.D. at or 1-800-292-0921 if you have any questions.

See you on October 16, 2015 at the Coastal Wetlands Conference!





Registration is now open! Click on the link below.


First-ever Massachusetts Soil Conference


Know the Soil, Know the Land

This training has been approved for up to seven training contact hours (TCH) for Soil Evaluator (SE) renewal under the Massachusetts Title 5 program. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Heifer Farm, Rutland, Massachusetts


To Register click here


Understanding soils is critical to conservation and land use planning that supports sustainable agriculture, forestry and greener urban, suburban and rural communities. If you know your soils, you know and can better manage your land.


This one-day conference will focus on soil information resources available through the USDA Soil Survey. We’ll provide updates on recent changes to the data and help you understand how to use it. The day will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations.


Who should attend? Natural resource management and environmental protection professionals; agricultural commission and conservation commission members; farmers and other land owners and managers will all benefit from this worthwhile event!


Sponsored by: the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts and the Worcester County Conservation District.


For more information, go to:


Or contact:

Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District

508-829-0168 ext. 5



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