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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 10/20/16)



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.



2016 AMWS WORKSHOPS                                              


                                                                                            ** New events added!



October 24, 2016 (Monday)

AMWS Social Networking

Osteria Nino

Burlington, Mass.


Join us after work for drinks and appetizers at Osteria Nino, free, courtesy of Epsilon Associates and TRC Environmental, with a cash "after party" at the directly adjacent King's Bowl.


Please see: AMWS Networking Reception Flyer





October 28, 2016 (Friday)
Key Topics in Massachusetts Coastal Projects & Permitting

Coast Guard Annex

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Scituate, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Coastal development in Massachusetts has evolving and substantive issues. This provocative one-day seminar will be project and issue driven, dealing with coastal eco restoration, eelgrass and shellfish mitigation, shoreline erosion and stabilization, living shorelines, FEMA mapping and development considerations in the floodplain. Also included will be sea level rise and coastal planning, the proposed Wetlands Protection Act coastal floodplain regulations, coastal landform delineation and restoration and related topics.


Glenn Wood, Esq. and Stan Humphries will lead the workshop on key topics affecting Massachusetts coastal projects and permitting. They will be joined by leading Massachusetts coastal private and public sector experts in the morning classroom presentations and afternoon field component.


Dress for cool weather on the coast. Lunch is included. Attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Limited seats and parking. This workshop is expected to fill up fast!


Cost: $95 AMWS member, $150 non-member


Instructors:  Glenn Wood, Esq. (AMWS Past President and Environmental Attorney at Rubin & Rudman); Stan Humphries (Coastal Geologist at LEC Environmental); Julia Knisel (Coastal Shoreline & Floodplain Manager at Mass. CZM); Sean Riley (P.E. at Coastal Engineering Co.); Greg Berman (Coastal Processes Specialist at Woods Hole Sea Grant & Cape Cod Cooperative Extension); Seth Wilkinson (Restoration Ecologist at Wilkinson Ecological Design); Craig Wood (Principal Ecologist at ESS Group).





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.

9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


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)


Meeting includes a continental breakfast starting @ 8:15 a.m. and a Certificate of Attendance.


Cost: Members - $90; 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.



October 13, 2016 (Thurs.)

NHANRS Fall Quarterly Meeting: Ethics for Government Entities

  and Those Who Appear Before Them

The Common Man, Concord, N.H.

5:30 - 9:00 p.m.





New England Wild Flower Society

Friday, October 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Garden in the Woods and Field Site

180 Hemenway Road

Framingham, Mass.


Invasive Plants: Identification, Documentation, and Control

Botanists, ecologists, horticulturists, and conservation professionals are united in their concern about invasive plants, but there is still some confusion about what they are and what to do about them. In this class, you will study the basic ecological problems created by these aggressive species and the complicated issues involved in controlling them. You will learn to identify some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens, and a short local field visit. Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens; wear waterproof shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.


Program Code: BOT5130

Instructor: Ted Elliman

Fee: $124 (Member) / $145 (Nonmember)

Limit: 16

Certificate: Core: Adv.FB/Adv.HD; Elective: all certificates



Contact: 508-877-7630 or




October 29, 2016 (Sat.)

MACC Fall Conference

Managing Massachusetts Forests: Conservation, Stewardship, and Regulation

Holyoke, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


See:   Fall Conference 2016 flyer




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