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Soils

  • Hydric Soils: How to Know ‘Em When You See ‘Em

Instructors: Gillian Davies and Art Allen

Description: Gillian Davies and Art Allen present a new, one-day workshop on hydric soils, which will be a great introductory class or refresher for consultants and regulators, including conservation commissioners and agents. A morning classroom session will be followed by an afternoon in the field getting your hands dirty and putting your new knowledge to work. Topics: soils of Massachusetts; geologic history and its influence on our soils; soil texture, color, describing soil profiles, and estimating depth to seasonal high water table. The afternoon field trip will involve working in teams to describe soil pits on a wetland – upland transect using MassDEP Methodology. Morning refreshments and lunch are included. Bring your own field equipment if you have it, such as an auger, spade, and a Munsell color book, and dress for the woods and wetlands.

  • Limit 24 Participants

Vegetation

  • Ferns of Southern Quabbin

Instructor: Randall Stone, DCR/DWSP Forester

Description: This workshop for beginners will include an hour of classroom instruction in basic fern botany followed by three hours of field identification. Participants will learn how to identify approximately 24 fern species and clubmosses common to the South Quabbin area using visual techniques, field guides and keys. Influences of soil/site/moisture on fern species distribution and composition will also be considered. Morning refreshments included; please bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the field session. Participants will need to carpool on gravel roads to the field sites.

  • Limit 24 Participants
  • Exploring Wetland Shrubs

Instructor: Roland “Boot” Boutwell, naturalist

Description: With so many wetland habitats, and a pond, stream, and bog, Garden in the Woods is an excellent field site to examine shrubs that grow in and around wetlands. You will be introduced to 15-20 New England shrubs as well as a handful of shrubs that grow in higher and drier habitats. Please bring lunch, and a hand lens and shrub field guide, if you have them.

  • Wetland Shrubs in Winter

Instructor: Roland “Boot” Boutwell, naturalist

Description: Learn to identify wetland shrubs using a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls, and marcescent leaves. With a pond, a stream, and a bog, Garden in the Woods provides an excellent field site for study. We will begin with a short session indoors, then head into the Garden for a close look at 15 to 20 native New England shrubs (plus a non-native invasive or two) that grow in and around wetlands. Bring lunch and a hand lens if you have one, and dress for the weather.

  • Wetland Plant Identification

Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society

Description: Explore a variety of wetland community types, their ecology, and their common indicator species. Following a lecture on Thursday evening, we’ll visit wetland habitats on Friday, including a red maple swamp, a floodplain marsh, and a pond. While in the field, we will take advantage of the season by observing ferns, sedges, and various aquatic species, as well as shrubs and trees. On Friday, bring a hand lens, lunch, water, and come prepared for wet feet in the field.

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Training Program

  • Erosion and Sediment Control Problems and Solutions: What are the Options for Effective Prevention and Control?
  • Tired of seeing silt fence flapping in the breeze? What is a straw wattle used for? Ever wonder how to require or select appropriate erosion control devices for a site?
  • MACC will answer these questions and more in our workshops on Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) especially for Conservation Commissioners and Inspectors.
  • This full day workshop is geared toward Conservation Commissioners and inspectors and will introduce you to effective methods of erosion prevention and sediment control, including different BMP's (Best Management Practices) and their applications.
  • A site visit to an active construction site will be included.
  • All participants will receive certificates for 6 Professional Development Units!
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Topics will include:
    • Soil erosion process: factors and impacts
    • ESC regulations and jurisdiction-relating ESC to the Regulations
    • Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Site Visit to view ESC applications

Wetland Delineation

  • Greg Hochmuth's and Michael Howard's Wetland Delineation for Beginners

This workshop is designed for Conservation Commissioners new to wetland delineation methodology.

Participants will learn how to identify wetland resource areas using the DEP manual “Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands under the MA Wetlands Protection Act”.

Commissioner will gain a better understanding of how to identify a wetland resource area based on vegetation, soils and indicators of hydrology.

  • DEP manual included.
  • Attendees should bring a bag lunch.
  • Coffee and refreshments will be served.
  • Bring pencil/pen, tape measure and pocket calculator.
  • John Rockwell Workshops

Having delivered his "Basic Wetland Delineation Workshop" to hundreds of Conservation Commissioners and wetland aficionados in Marion, Massachusetts over the past several years, John Rockwell, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program Wetland Specialist, will now split his one-day workshop into two full-day workshops.

Participants in both workshops will become more familiar with the state methodology of wetland delineation through practice sessions, case studies and a field session; they’ll be introduced to plant identification and be shown how to use the DEP manual Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Lunch and the DEP manual are included in each session.

  • Bring pencil/pen and calculator.
  • Field work in afternoon.
  • Limit 15 Participants

Presented in cooperation with the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program.

  • Basic Wetland Delineation: Soils

Focus is on hydric soils, indicators of wetland hydrology and understanding the DEP BVW Delineation Field Data form: Section II.

  • Indicators of Hydrology
  • Limit 15 Participants
  • Basic Wetland Delineation: Vegetation

Focus is on wetland vegetation and understanding the DEP BVW Delineation Field Data Form: Section I. Vegetation.

  • Limit 15 Participants
  • Advanced Wetland Delineation

These full-day workshops are designed for the advanced practitioner and will expand upon the information and techniques presented in John's two full-day Basic Delineation Workshops: Soils and Vegetation. Attendees will improve their understanding of the state delineation methodology and their ability to make those tough soils and vegetation determinations through practice sessions, case studies and field work.

  • Prerequisites: registrants must have previously attended both of John's full-day basic delineation workshops (soils and vegetation), provide proof of the prior delineation training (college level) or be a practicing wetland professional.
  • Lunch and workshop materials are included in the fee.
  • Bring pencil/pen and pocket calculator.
  • Optional: soils auger, "sharpshooter" (shovel with long, narrow snout) and Munsell Color Book.
  • Limit 15 Participants
  • Advanced Wetland Delineation: Soils

    Topics to be covered include: the DEP soil criteria of the seven most common hydric soil characteristics and also the "soils that are difficult to analyze". Soils included in this list are found in the New ACOE "Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Region (VERSION 2.0), as well as in the "Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England, Version 3". The day will primarily be spent in the field.

  • Advanced Wetland Delineation: Vegetation

    Topics to be covered include: the Dominance Test, Wetland Site Index, Relative Dominance by Layers method, and the Prevalence Index, all of which have been accepted at adjudicatory hearings. In the field participants will use a sample grid, basal area determinations and several other sampling methods that are more rigorous and more precise that the visual estimates in the DEP manual. Various vegetative tests will be used to see how the results differ when testing the same plot.

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