- Pete Fletcher & Gillian Davies Soil Science - Field Skills Workshop
Combination: lecture, slides, overhead transparencies, hands-on exercises, and field exercise.
- Topics: soils of Massachusetts.
- Geological past and its influence on soils.
- Soil texture – percent sand, silt and clay.
- Soil color.
- Describing a 'soil profile'.
- Estimating depth to seasonal high water table.
The afternoon field trip will have participants work in small groups and describe different soil test pits in the field. The pits will cover a broad range of soil features.
Instructors will provide the field equipment needed for this exercise.
- Pete Fletcher & Gillian Davies Hydric Soil Workshop: Field Identification, Documentation and
Combination: lecture, slides, overhead transparencies, hands-on exercises,
and field exercise.
- Topics: Upland Soils vs. Wetland Soils
- Soil Features
Associated with Wetlands.
- Several sites will be visited that have varied
wetland and soil conditions.
- Participants will work in small groups and
delineate the hydric soil boundary using the State DEP Methodology.
equipment will be provided.
- Identifying Common New England Shrubs: An Introduction for Conservation Commissioners
This workshop will introduce conservation practitioners to about 20 shrub species commonly found in New England. Attendees will learn new identification techniques using characteristics such as structure, bark, leaves, flowers and fruits, and how to determine whether these shrubs are wetland indicator plants for purposes of delineating wetlands under the state Wetlands Protection Act. Attendees will start the morning with a classroom session before heading outdoors to practice new skills. You're invited to bring a hand lens if you have one. (Note: this is not a wetland delineation course.)
- Naked Shrubs: Identifying Shrubs in Winter
No leaves? No problem! Use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls and marcescent leaves to identify shrubs in winter. The program will begin with a short session indoors. Then we'll head out for a field trip to the Acton Arboretum and Bog for a close look at 15 to 20 native New England shrubs plus a couple of non-native invasives. A boardwalk through the bog will allow us to stay high and dry, yet give us the opportunity to get up close and personal with several obligate wetland species. Bring lunch and a hand lens if you have one. Be sure to dress for the weather. "There is no bad weather, only improper clothing!"
- Instructor: Boot Boutwell, Naturalist
- Attendees should bring a bag lunch.
- Coffee and morning refreshments will be served.
- Bring a notebook and pencil or pen.
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
- 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.
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.
Focus is on wetland vegetation and understanding the DEP BVW Delineation Field Data Form: Section I. Vegetation.
- Advanced Wetland Delineation (Beyond Beginners)
Ever heard the expression, "A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing"?
This workshop is designed for the advanced practitioner and intends to 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 1