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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 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.



2017 AMWS WORKSHOPS AND NETWORKING EVENT NOW BEING ORGANIZED                                            

Dates are still being determined, but you can expect topics to include Vernal Pools, Expert Witness, Erosion Control, Sedges and Grasses--others as needed!



"For Fun" FREE Nature Walks:


January 15, 2017 (Sunday)

Halibut Point State Park

Rockport, Mass.

7:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist and early riser John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to see sea ducks, followed by breakfast at a nearby diner. No CEUs, but a fun guided tour of a resource that may be new to you! As John says, "I am willing to guarantee dark followed by sunrise!"


Expect to walk the park loop, which takes a bit over an hour and runs through a granite quarry, to a view of Ipswich Bay and points north. The view is from 60' above the water, and there are usually numbers of scoters, mergansers, loons, eiders razorbills and dovekies, and often seals.


You'll then head to the Red Skiff restaurant (15 Mt Pleasant Street) for breakfast.  If it's crowded, there is a backup location in Gloucester, with nearby locations for more and different ducks. John notes, "A good day means a long morning with four or more alternate locations; really miserable weather calls for a brisk walk at the point and an extra cup of coffee at breakfast."


Directions: Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Halibut Point State Park--the first right off Gott Avenue. 


To sign up, contact:



February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

Salisbury Beach State Park Campground

Salisbury, Mass.

6:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist and early riser John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to see eagles and owls, followed by breakfast at a nearby diner and more winter waterfowl and seal sightings at Deer Island. No CEUs, but a fun guided tour of resources that may be new to you! As John says, "I am willing to guarantee dark followed by sunrise!"


John will be there at 6:00 a.m., scanning the marsh for snowy owls, great horned, screech, saw whet and short-eared owls. Around 8:00 a.m., you'll go to Connie's Wagon Wheel (95 Elm Street, Salisbury) for breakfast, followed by a drive over to Deer Island to look at eagles. 


Directions to Campground: Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the campground entrance on State Beach Road, right off Route 1a in Salisbury. (There's a ranger station built into the entrance road, with a rotary turnout.)


Directions from Connie's restaurant to Deer Island (nearby Amesbury): Go east on Route 110 and turn left (south) onto Merrill Street (a.k.a. Spofford Street or Deer Island Road, depending on the map). If using GPS to navigate, enter "Chain Bridge, Newburyport" and turn into the parking lot in the middle of the river.


To sign up, 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.



Starts Jan.24th!

Wetlands Assessment and Field Techniques

Webinar & at UMass-Amherst


The UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with UMass Extension, is offering “Wetlands Assessment and Field Techniques,” a 3-credit course during spring semester at the University of Mass.-Amherst. The format of this course has been modified to allow natural resource professionals and conservation commissioners to participate in the lecture portion of the course either in person or via web-casting (webinar). The course instructor is Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Class meets at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and begins January 24, 2017.


This course offers in-depth information about Massachusetts wetland regulations, wetland classification, wetland soils and boundary delineation, wetland condition assessment, functional assessment, vernal pool certification, and wildlife habitat evaluation. Class will meet 13 times over a 14-week period during the spring semester. Eight indoor sessions will meet from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday evenings. Five field sessions scheduled later in the semester will meet once a week on Wednesday afternoons. An abbreviated syllabus is available at:


The University is offering conservation commissioners and administrators, environmental consultants, agency personnel and other natural resource professionals an opportunity to participate in this course via a non-credit option through UMass Extension. You are welcome to attend the eight lecture sessions in person or participate via live webinar. The cost for the non-credit option is $500 for the full course and $300 for the lectures-only option (no field labs). Due to space limitations there are only five slots available (on a first come, first served basis) for non-students in the full course (lecture and field labs). For registration or more information, contact: Scott Jackson at (413) 545-4743 or





            New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists







Friday, January 27, 2017

8:00am - 4:00pm

Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, N.H. 03301


Topics include: New Technologies &Science/New Regulations & Resources/Wildlife


See:   NHANRS Annual Conference Event Page















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