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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 7/26/16)



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.




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Additional Free “Benefits of AMWS Membership”Member Nature Walks for August & September to be posted.




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:



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(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.





Shoreline stabilization has historically and continues to be crucial to the protection of existing developed coastal areas. Historic approaches tended toward "hard" structures, which paradoxically often amplify shoreline erosion by preventing natural processes. "Soft" solutions, including living shorelines, have become increasingly popular. This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program will address the current status and knowledge of living shoreline applications in Massachusetts.

A group of industry and regulatory experts will present their practical experiences and perspectives to explore living shorelines: what are they; when, where and how should they be implemented, including combination hard/soft approaches in historically developed/hardened areas; regulatory and permitting considerations; and lessons learned.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.





July 22, 2016


Nutter McClennen & Fish
155 Seaport Boulevard

Boston, MA




Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.



8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program Chair

  • Stacy Minihane, PWS, Associate, Beals and Thomas, Inc.

Panel Moderator

  • Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist, Woods Hole Sea Grant, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension


  • Daniel Gagne, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, Beals and Thomas, Inc.
  • Rebecca Haney, Coastal Geologist, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Seth Wilkinson, MALD, President & Restoration Ecologist, Wilkinson Ecological Design, Inc.
  • Glenn Wood, Esq., Partner, Rubin and Rudman LLP 


Registration Rates & Policies


EBC Member: $120*


Non-Member: $165*


Government/Nonprofit: $50


Young Professionals Rate: $25


Job Seeker Rate: $25


*At the door, add $20.


Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 20 for a refund. No shows will be charged.


The Young Professionals Rate is for EBC Members only, working in their field for 5 years or less.


Up to five Young Professional/Job Seeker registrations are available for each EBC program. Walk-in registration is not available for these rates. Must register online.



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COMPOST:  Turning Waste into Wealth 


Friday August 5th
Bear Path Farm (Whately, MA)
and UMass Amherst



This half-day event combines the residues-to-riches story of composting with the SWCS Southern New England Chapter 2016 Annual Meeting. 



 8:30 a.m.  sign in at Bear Path Farm - - pick up parking permit
 8:50 a.m.  Greetings and Acknowledgments
 9:00 a.m.  Tour of Bear Path Compost
 Bill Obear and Mike Mahar, Owners
 9:30 a.m.  Compost Analysis and Interpretation
 Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension
 10:00 a.m.  caravan to UMass Amherst - - park in Lot 45
 reconvene at Holdsworth Hall Room 308
 10:40 a.m.  Greetings and Acknowledgements II
 10:45 a.m.  Composting Overview
 Geoff Kuter, Agresource
 11:20 a.m.   MA Nutrient Management Regulations
 Hotze Wijnja, MassDAR
 12:00 p.m.  Serve Lunch
 12:15 p.m.  Lunchtime Video:  Low Cost Aerated Static Composting Systems for Small Acreage Equine Operations
 Masoud Hashemi and Atakan Kadi, UMass Amherst
 12:45 p.m.  Beneficial Uses of Compost
 Geoff Kuter
 1:15 p.m.  Wrap Up - - distribute Certificates of Attendance
 1:25 p.m.  Southern New England Chapter Annual Meeting
 1:45 p.m.  Meeting Adjourned!

Certificates of Attendance will include this agenda to document 3 contact hours of professional development.


Registration Rates

  • SWCS Member:  $35
  • Government:  $35
  • Non-Member:  $45
  • Student:  $25
  • Blue Light Special:  $125 — includes 1 year SWCS / Southern New England Chapter membership at the $90 Professional level and registration at the Member rate — for new members only

Fee includes a half-day parking permit for UMass Lot 45 and Lunch.


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July 18 & Sept. 9, 2016

2 SWS-NE Field Trips (Open to All!)


No 1:  July 18th 

Please join the New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientist on a field trip to Northern Vermont to visit floodplain forest communities and efforts by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore floodplain forests.  Lead by Christian O. Marks, floodplain ecologist with TNC, we will visit two locations (Maidstone and Lemmington, VT) and spend the day studying floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands and then visit floodplain forest restoration areas, reviewing plantings as well as comparing natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields.


We will convene in Canaan VT and travel to the two different sites.  Spend the day in northern VT with fellow wetland scientists and then spend the weekend in beautiful country!  The field trip starts at 10:30 to allow for travel time and ends at 4 pm.   Students are especially encouraged with a low registration fee of $5.00.  Members are $10.00 if paid by July 16, and $15.00 afterward.  Non-members are $15 if paid by July 16, and $20 thereafter.


No 2:   September 9th 

Save the date!!  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.  More information will be provided over the summer. 



·        Visit a TNC floodplain preserve (Young Farm in Maidstone, VT). Things to see include not just good examples of remaining floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands, but also some small restoration experiments (to compare different restoration techniques) and some stream buffer plantings. These sites also have some of TNC’s floodplain forest research transects where we can talk about ecological relationships between species distributions and flooding, sediment deposition, floodplain forest succession, ecological role of American elm, etc. This is also a good place to discuss stream buffers and more particularly when they work and when they fail and why. We can also talk about our experience on factors associated with different rates of tree planting success.


·        Visit the new Johnson Farm WMA in Lemmington, VT where we can see floodplain forest restoration plantings as well as compare natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields. The plantings include field trials of American elm crosses that are part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of American elm that will have greater disease tolerance as well as other desirable traits. Johnson Farm is a good place to talk about natural regeneration in floodplain forest tree species.


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


To register:






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


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