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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.




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.)




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                                                                                            







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













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


(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




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.



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 

June 7 – June 13 Bogs and Other Maine Peatlands
Nancy Slack

June 28 – July 4 Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
Anton Reznicek

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  (Course titles are linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies.)  For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer: or 207-546-2821



June 23 & 24, 2015

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Presents: 


Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Rd. Barnstable, MA 02637

Hosted and organized by:  Mass Audubon and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration.

Sponsored by: The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) 


About the Workshop:

This hands-on workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Lead by wetland restoration expert Tom Biebighauser, participants will see how wetland projects can be planned in land trust properties and other private conserved lands, public land, and even on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people.


Through direct participation in an actual wetland restoration project at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth, attendees will discover how to identify degraded wetlands suitable for restoration, test soils, choose construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native plants. Also, participants will learn about active management projects involving rare wetland species including Mass Audubon’s Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project on Cape Cod. Field trips to proposed and existing wetland restoration project sites on Mass Audubon Sanctuaries are included.


Workshop proceeds will support Long pasture’s Spadefoot Toad and Wetland restoration Project.

Cost: $225 ($168 for non-profits) which includes lunches on two days, hand-out materials, signed copy of the book Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide by Thomas Biebighauser, and more! 


To Register:

register online at the Mass Audubon Website:;jsessionid=D2A32A153711F21823BC0AE1579F9D98.app274b?store_id=2161


For those needing to pay by check: Send registration form and payment to: Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 235, Cummaquid MA 02637. Make checks out to Mass Audubon *Include name and address*






Space is limited.  Registration is REQUIRED for all workshops, via e-mail to

/coffee/networking begins 30 minutes before all start times noted below.


“In the Judgment of the Issuing Authority...”  Buffer Zone Projects

  • This session will include Minor Exempt Activities and the Request for Determination of Applicability process
  • Tue April 7Eastham Town Hall - 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thu May 21Kingston Town Hall - 9 a.m. to noon

How To Do It Right!!  WPA Procedures & Paperwork

  • This session has been updated to include the new Ecological Restoration procedures and forms
  • Thu April 9Norwell Town Hall – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tue May 5Barnstable County Complex - 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Clear as Mud?  Riverfront Area Alternatives Analysis & Redevelopment

  • This session will include a hands-on site plan exercise
  • Tue April 28Mashpee Town Hall – 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thu April 30Mansfield Town Hall – 1 to 4 p.m. 

 (Assuming We Thaw Out Eventually…)  Stormwater Management, Low Impact Development and Soil Erosion & Sediment Control

  • This session, which will include a hands-on site plan exercise, is conceptual; no specific calculations will be covered.
  • Thu May 14Mattapoisett Free Public Library - 9 a.m. to noon
  • Tue May 19Wellfleet Fire Department – 9 a.m. to noon


  • “In the Judgment of the Issuing Authority...”  Buffer Zone Projects including Minor Exempt Activities and the RDA process
  • A brief overview of recent regulatory revisions, including ecological restoration provisions and forms, will also be provided.
  • Thu May 7 - Vineyard Transit Authority Administrative Office Building - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

 Dates and locations will be posted at


Registration confirmation will be sent. If you don’t get an e-mail within two days, please try again.








Registration is now open for our Spring/Summer 2015 programs. For 2015 , we are introducing programs on home gardening, horticulture, design, botany, conservation, and sustainable living--from managing healthy soils to vernal pool ecology. Our field trips will take you to places like Great Blue Hill to learn about caterpillars, to Abbey Pond in Green Mountain National Forest to see undiscovered wetlands, and to Rhode Island to learn about sustainable landscapes. For more info:





May 31 - June 5, 2015

Society of Wetland Scientists International Annual Meeting

"Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation"

Providence, Rhode Island


The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Annual Meeting will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. This ground-breaking conference will examine the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how wetlands provide climate adaptation services, and how they are being impacted by our changing climate.


Wetlands provide a variety of ecosystem services that protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and yet they are particularly vulnerable to some of the climate changes that are occurring. Over the course of five days, leading researchers from around the world will present findings that represent our most current understanding of how wetlands function in the context of climate change. A number of field trips, both coastal and inland, will be offered in addition to a variety of workshops.


Abstract submissions are now being accepted through Feb. 18, 2015. For more information and to register, visit the SWS meeting website:


If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this exciting meeting, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson (







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


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