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.
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.
Members, see our Library for the Corps of Engineers PowerPoint presentation, "Third Party Mitigation Initiatives in Mass. and other New England States", that was presented by Ruth Ladd at the 4/30/13 Networking/Outreach event at Corps headquarters in Concord.
Registrations will be accepted through November 6th.
Sorry, no walk-ins!
Nov. 15, 2013 (Fri.) Half-day
AMWS ANNUAL MEETING/Dam Removal and Wetland Restoration in Massachusetts
Warren Conference Center, Ashland, Mass.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wetland restoration includes both subtlety and drama. This Annual Meeting will feature the drama of recent dam removals in Massachusetts and the restoration of wetland ecosystems. In 2012, the Mass. Div. of Ecological Restoration (DER) spearheaded the removal of nine dams across the state and the replacement of one culvert— a record for the program and second in the nation. This year’s plan is to remove 6 - 8 dams, opening over 50 miles of river.
Dams are one of the most significant stressors on rivers and streams. They block fish and wildlife, impair water quality, and inundate upstream floodplain wetlands. Massachusetts has more than 3,000 dams, but fewer than 10% have an active purpose such as hydropower, flood control or water supply. Most were built to power mills and are now obsolete. Many are deteriorating and are a liability to their owners and downstream residents.
The process of dam removal involves the fundamentals of wetland science-- analysis of impacts to wetlands and habitat, clean water issues and flood storage—all of which concern wetland scientists. Wetland creation and compensatory flood storage, as well as other technical issues that are part of the wetland professional's daily work, will be featured.
Speakers from DER, non-profit and private organizations will give an overview of the process of dam removal and wetland restoration. Topics include the functions, values and habitat associated with riverine and floodplain wetlands, sediment management, dealing with pollutants and lessons learned. Examples from recent projects involving riparian forest restoration, Natural Heritage-listed species and other unique constraints and opportunities will also be presented.
This year’s Annual Meeting will include a brief business meeting, the election of officers, and a chance for members to win the latest Apple iPad Mini! Includes a Continental breakfast!
Speakers: Keynote Speaker Beth Lambert (Mass. Div. of Ecological Restoration); Franz Ingelfinger
(Mass. Div. of Ecological Restoration); Nick Nelson (Inter-fluve); Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting);
Eric Hutchins (NOAA.); and Tom Lautzenheiser (Mass. Audubon).
Cost: $90 AMWS member; $150/non-member
CEUs available. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. See "Workshop Registration Forms" button above to register.
See "Workshop Registration Forms" button above to register.
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) 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 eight (8) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less 25%. No refunds seven (7) 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 certainly affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS--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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New Hampshire Association of
Natural Resource Scientists
See the registration form below
Coastal Wetlands Conference 2013
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A) in Rye, NH
October 18, 2013
9:00am ~ 4:30pm
The second New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists' Coastal Wetlands Conference includes a wide variety of research topics regarding New England coastal wetlands. The conference aims to provide a venue for the presentation and discussion of recent coastal wetlands research results from our region.
Coastal Wetlands Conference 2013
Friday October 18, 2013
$60 NHANRS active members and students
$75 NHANRS affiliate members
Please notify us in advance if you have
any special needs so we can
make the necessary arrangements.
Pre-registration is required.
Mail your registration form and
check (payable to NHANRS) by October 10, 2013 to:
PO Box 110
Concord, NH 03302
Please note: You will not be added to the
registration list until payment is received.
No refunds for cancelations
Contact Susan Faretra with any questions:
Ph: 603-224-0401 * Fx: 603-228-0423
See the flyer with complete conference and registration information in the Upcoming Events section of nhanrs.org.
We hope to see you on October 18th at the
Coastal Wetlands Conference 2013
you have an event to list, please contact AMWS Administrator
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