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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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.

 

                                                                                                

2015 WORKSHOPS

(Additional workshops & webinars may be added.)

 

 

5/22/15 (Friday)

How to Complete Massachusetts Wetland Data Forms

Concord, Mass.

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

 

This workshop is geared toward Conservation Commissions and Agents, and focuses on the MassDEP Bordering Vegetated Wetland (BVW) Delineation Field Data Form.  These forms are recommended for every filing, yet they are frequently misunderstood by applicants and Agents alike. What to look for?  When to require them?  Where to collect the data?  How many forms to prepare?  How to interpret what you see?  These questions will be answered and common errors and omissions that can make or break a BVW boundary delineation will be discussed.

 

Instructor: Mike Howard (Epsilon Associates)          

Cost: $30 (Register before 5/01/15 & subtract $5)  Includes coffee   Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance                                                                                                 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5/20/15

 

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)

 


 

 

6/12/15 (Friday) (Torrential Rain Date 6/19/15)

Understanding & Completing Federal Wetland Data Forms

Concord, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Requirements for completing federal wetland data forms are not the same as the state.  On the plus side, DEP will accept Corps of Engineers forms for BVW, so you only need to prepare one set.  This advanced level workshop focuses on data collection (plant, soil and hydrology observations) in forested wetlands and will walk you through the interpretation, calculation and recording process so you can complete the forms properly. It is also a great resource identification refresher.

 

Instructors: Mike Sheehan (Blue Flags Ecological, formerly ACOE); Alan Anacheka-Nasemann (ACOE)

Member Cost:  $75 (Members, register before 5/29/15 & subtract $10)   Non-member: $100    Includes coffee

Bring your lunch   Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 6/10/15                                           

 

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)


 

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                                                                                            

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)


 

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

                                                                                                     

SORRY, NO WALK-INS OR LAST MINUTE SIGN-UPS, ONLY SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

Contact: administrator@amws.org

 

(TO REGISTER, CLICK WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)

               


 

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) 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 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.

 


June 23 & 24, 2015

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Presents: 

A HANDS-ON WETLAND RESTORATION WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS

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: https://secure2.convio.net/mas/site/Ecommerce;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*

 

 


 

                    *** SPRING  2015  CIRCUIT  RIDER  WORKSHOPS FOR THE SOUTHEAST REGION ***

 

Space is limited.  Registration is REQUIRED for all workshops, via e-mail to Christine.Odiaga@state.ma.us

Sign-in/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

 MARTHA’S VINEYARD

  • “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 http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/events/

 

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

 


 

 

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180 HEMENWAY ROAD

FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 01701

 

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:  http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/

 

 


 

 

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: http://swsannualmeeting.org/

 

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this exciting meeting, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson (bolson@sws.org).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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