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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.



Friday, May 9, 2014

MassDEP’s Revised Regulations for Restoration Projects, with a Bonus Presentation on

    Solar Arrays In or Near Wetlands (half-day)

Division of Natural Resources, Concord, Mass.

9:00 a.m.. – noon


Lealdon Langley (MassDEP’s Dir. of Wetlands & Waterways) and Beth Lambert (Aquatic Habitat

Restoration Program Manager, Div. of Ecological Restoration, MassFish & Game) will provide an overview of the new MassDEP regulations for restoration projects, including the pre-application process, project planning process, and sediment quality (re-use of sediment for restoration, physical and chemical sediment characterization, chemical contamination and regulatory standards for re-use, regulatory changes to facilitate restoration, fluvial processes).  


Also presented will be a Q & A discussion on solar arrays in or near wetlands.


Includes coffee. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. CEUs available.


Cost: $45 AMWS member; $85/non-member


See "Workshop Registration Forms" button above to register.





Perfect for Wetland Scientists, Soil Scientists and Certified Soil Evaluators


Sept. 19, 2014 (Friday); Rain Date Oct. 3, 2014

A Second Look at U.S. Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in Mass.

TBD: Chelmsford or Lincoln, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The focus of this all-day, advanced soil workshop is on the field--documenting and interpreting soil conditions and hydrology. This is a similar workshop to the one held in the Bridgewater area in 2012, and is intended to be both a refresher in using federal methodology and an opportunity to “fill in the blanks” with what may have been missed the first time.


You’ll work at several locations in the same area, staffed by seven expert instructors. You’ll learn how to apply the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States (Version 7.0) to a range of soil conditions encountered in southern New England. (This manual is the official soils reference for federal wetland delineations in all New England states, as well as for New Hampshire state delineations.)


Everyone will gather for the day’s overview and divide into groups for a “round robin” excursion to the nearby sites. Instructors will be stationary at their allotted site, while participants will rotate at specified times. The day will end with a debriefing and distribution of Certificates of Attendance.


Note that the instructors will have equipment at each site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own shovel, auger and soil color book. This workshop is oriented toward wetland scientists, soil scientists and certified soil evaluators. (Certified soil evaluators with an advanced soil background will find the course helpful for honing their hydric soil identification skills. Please note that there is no direct applicability to Title 5 in this workshop.)


Prerequisites: Previous soil identification experience is required. The U.S. indicators that you can expect to see at the workshop will be listed at (after 9/01/14), with the link to the Version 7.0 manual. Participants are required to preview reference materials, so on the day of the workshop you can hit the ground running!


Instructors: Paul Minkin (USACOE), Mike Narcisi (USACOE), Tom Peragallo (LEC Environmental; formerly NRCS), Cori Rose (USACOE); Erica Sachs (EPA);  Mike Sheehan (Blue Flag; formerly USACOE), and Matt Schweisberg (Wetland Strategies & Solutions; formerly EPA).


Cost: Member $150, non-member $195 (includes a copy of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States (Version 7.0), field forms and ancillary handouts, plus drinks.).  Note: Any non-AMWS member who joins AMWS for this workshop may enjoy membership through 2015.


Hours toward CEUs are available, and this workshop may be used for self-reported CEUs by certified professional soil scientists. CEUs and Training Contact Hours may be assigned by NEIWPCC and the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management/Office of Water Resources for Cl-I, II, III & IV licenses.


This workshop is limited to 24 participants, so early registration is suggested.







Details on the following 2014 workshops to be provided soon:


Note: Release of the USACOE Regulatory Changes for Wetland Permitting (NE GP) has been delayed until January, 2015. AMWS will reschedule the workshop at that time.



July 2014
How to be an Expert Witness
(essential preparation, includes mock trial for adjudicatory hearing)

August, 2014

(best practices for restoration projects)


September 26, 2014                                  

Classic River Morphology with Bankfull
(classroom and river—bring waders!)

November 14, 2014 Annual Meeting (half-day)






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


(1) All 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 cancelation charges, 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.

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First Round of  DEP Workshops on Reg Revisions

April 14 - 17, 2014

Lakeville, Springfield, Worcester & Billerica

Revisions to MassDEP Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Certification Regulations

After more than two years of extensive work reviewing and incorporating public comments, receiving input from advisory committees and other stakeholders, MassDEP will be promulgating wetlands and waterways regulatory revisions in early 2014. Prior to the effective date, application forms will be revised. Contact your Regional Wetland Circuit Rider for more information and plan to attend one of these informational workshops.


April 14, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., MassDEP Southeast Regional Office , Main Conference Room, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville
April 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., MassDEP Western Regional Office , 3rd floor Courtroom (NO food or drinks allowed), 436 Dwight Street, Springfield
April 16, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., MassDEP Central Regional Office , Main Conference Room, 627 Main Street, Worcester
April 17, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Billerica Public Library, Meeting Room, 15 Concord Road, Billerica


You must pre-register with the appropriate Wetland Circuit Rider (below), except for the Springfield workshop. Additional workshops will follow.






Additional information:


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May 1, 2014

SWS-NE Annual Meeting & Regional Research Conference

Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass.

 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.


The SWS New England Chapter is holding a one-day regional research conference and annual business meeting for members only on May 1, 2014. This year’s “Wetland Assessment and Mitigation” conference will include presentations on the following topics: forest floodplain and tidal wetland restoration and responses to drivers of global change, landscape and local level functional assessment, and mitigation success.

Researchers interested in presenting the results of their research in poster format or other pertinent presentations should contact the event organizer, Paul McManus

Be sure to check the trainings page on the SWS website for other New England area events!

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June 24 and 25, 2014


Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnstable, Mass.


For a description, as well as a link to the announcement (including the agenda and online registration), see below:



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Upcoming Workshops through Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass.


Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Hartland, VT
Course Code: fdt5008
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $48   Limit: 12   Credit: Field--FB/Adv FB


On the Boardwalks: Plants and Communities of Eshqua and Crescenti Bogs

Eshqua Bog is a rich, calcareous fen well known for its orchid populations, including showy lady's-slipper, white bog orchid, and northern green orchid, and its great diversity of other wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges, and shrubs. Philbrick-Criscenti Bog is a classic acidic sphagnum bog with stands of black spruce and tamarack bordering a large open mat with pitcher plants, sundews, cotton grass, wild calla, and horned bladderwort as well as a variety of heath plants, including leatherleaf, sheep laurel, bog rosemary, and cranberry, many of which will be blooming in late June. You will compare the flora of both systems, as well as the plant communities of the very different upland forests that surround these exceptional wetlands. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.




Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, and field site
Course Code: wet1000
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $80         Limit: 12   Credit: Elective--all certificates 
Cosponsor: Ecological Landscaping Association


Wetland Plant Identification

Explore a variety of wetland community types, their ecology, and their common indicator species. Following a brief lecture, we’ll visit wetland habitats, including a red maple swamp, a floodplain marsh, and a pond. While in the field, we will take advantage of the season by observing ferns, sedges, and various aquatic species, as well as shrubs and trees. Bring a hand lens, lunch, water, and come prepared for wet feet in the field.



Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Friday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Course Code: bot2050
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $146   Limit: 16   Credit: Core-FB; Elective-Adv.FB


Botanic Inventory Methods

Learn how to inventory the flora and describe the vegetation communities on public and private land for the purposes of conservation planning and management. The evening session covers the elements of field preparation: maps, aerial photography, GPS units, field equipment, data sheets, rare plant and community documentation, and the fundamentals of state and national vegetation community classification systems. The field investigation includes sampling a variety of forest and meadow communities, applying data on geology, soils, and hydrology as well as information on species associations. Practice applying rapid and comprehensive sampling techniques. Sturdy footgear is recommended, as are a compass and hand lens. Bring a bag lunch for the field session.




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