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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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.)

 


 

A Significant Regulatory Change

 

August 26, 2015 (Wednesday)                                                                             **FLASH WORKSHOP**

WOTUS: How the Final Rule Affects You

Concord, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - noon

 

The Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) becomes effective on August 28, 2015. The lengthy rulemaking process in the aftermath of Supreme Court decisions on SWANCC and Rapanos provides an updated definition of WOTUS, and has been supported by a comprehensive review of scientific literature. While certain waters and wetlands have been bright-lined as jurisdictional or non-jurisdictional, others require a demonstrated significant nexus to be considered adjacent and jurisdictional.

 

This workshop will cover the final Rule, discuss the jurisdictional determination process and permitting, and provide you with ample opportunity to get your questions answered by experts. "This news is so fresh, it is still being written." Workshop speaker Cori Rose with the Corps of Engineers has been in Washington, D.C. helping write the guidance!

 

Join Erica Sachs Lambert (EPA), Cori Rose (Corps of Engineers) and Matthew Schweisberg (Wetlands Strategies & Solutions) for this timely, interactive and informative workshop.

 

Cost: AMWS member $45; non-member $95      Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance

Registration deadline: when room is full or 8/21/15

 

 

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact:administrator@amws.org 

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)

                                                                                                         


 

9/18/15 (Friday) 

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

Chelmsford, Mass.

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

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

Member Cost: $90 (Members, register before 8/21/15 & subtract $10)   Non-member cost: $150                    

Bring your lunch  Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 9/11/15                                                                                            

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)

 


 

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

                                                                                                     

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)

               


 

NOTE: ALL AMWS WORKSHOPS HAVE LIMITED SPACE. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED!

 


Not an AMWS member? See "Join" section on this website!

AMWS WORKSHOP POLICY:
(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 seven (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 www.nh.gov/jtboard/home.htm

 


 

WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE OF AMWS

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.

 


  

 

 

 

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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 http://knowthesoilknowtheland.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139067766

 

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: http://worcesterconservation.org/massachusetts-soils-conference-47.html

 

Or contact:

Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District

508-829-0168 ext. 5

Lisa.Trotto@ma.usda.gov

 

 

logos for conference

 

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http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/

 

 


 

Eagle Hill Institute Summer Field Courses for Wetland Scientists
P.O. Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009


Once again, the Eagle Hill Institute is offering week-long summer workshops for advanced amateurs, graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, and personnel from federal and state agencies and numerous environmental organizations.  For general program information, see http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/natural-history-seminars.shtml 

July 19 – July 25 Grasses of Northeastern North America: Practical Identification for Field
Biologists Dennis Magee

July 19 – July 25 ** Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology**
Matthew Schweisberg and Joseph Homer

July 26 – Aug 1 Field Botany and Plant Ecology of the Eastern Maine Coast
Jill Weber

Aug 9 – Aug 15 Botany at the Landscape Scale
Jerry Jenkins

Aug 23 – Aug 29 Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes
Robbin Moran and Carl Taylor

For course calendar, see http://www.eaglehill.us/seminars  (Course titles are linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies.)  For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer: marilyn@eaglehill.us or 207-546-2821


 

If you have an event to list, please contact AMWS Administrator

 

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