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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
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    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual - Zoom
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    Without well-planned stakeholder engagement, projects can falter, budgets can implode, and tensions can rise. Almost everyone has a story of a project that went sideways because of poorly planned and executed stakeholder engagement. And then comes COVID-19, creating more challenges.

    While many natural resource professionals understand the increasingly important role that stakeholder engagement plays in successful project outcomes, most have limited time, budget and understanding of how to plan and execute it effectively. 

    This interactive, virtual course will transform your ability to meaningfully engage and communicate with stakeholders – both internally and externally -- to help your project or program succeed.

    You will learn how to:

    • Properly identify and distinguish between different “types” of stakeholders;
    • Create the building blocks of an effective stakeholder engagement plan with strategies for engagement early and often;
    • Design strategies that are appropriate for your goals for each stakeholder type or group, such as when to form an advisory committee or hold public meetings and workshops;
    • Build trust by incorporating stakeholder input into the design of project/programs;
    • Choose the right tools and use them effectively; a virtual tour? traditional media or social media? Listserv or PSA? 

    This course is built around lessons learned from 20+ years of creating and implementing stakeholder engagement plans.


    The course will be implemented virtually with Zoom on November 3, 2020 and November 10, 2020 from 9 AM – 12 PM. (6 CM credits)


    Instructors: Hilary Wilkinson and Sarah Brace have designed and implemented stakeholder engagement processes related to Salish Sea ecosystem recovery efforts for close to two decades. In 2008, they co-founded Veda Environmental, a firm dedicated to connecting the dots between science, policy and people in order to protect and restore ecosystems. www.vedaenv.com  Sarah and Hilary design and deliver science communication and stakeholder engagement trainings to federal, state and industry representatives, most recently at the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference. Their audience also includes natural resource managers, scientists, and communications experts from public and private entities. Prior to founding Veda, Hilary and Sarah worked for local government (Hilary) and state (Hilary and Sarah) resource agencies leading public/stakeholder outreach efforts and science/technical advisory panels.
    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
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    • Friday, November 20, 2020
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    • 3 sessions
    • Wednesday and Thursday are virtual sessions. Solo field visit at Woodland Creek Community Park (Lacey) and Capitol Lake Interpretive Park (Olympia)
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    This three-day intensive workshop will provide wetland regulators and consultants with practical information and experience in using the 2014 update to the rating system for wetlands in western Washington. It is specifically designed for those who will be using the rating system in the field. You will gain a working knowledge of topics such as the hydrogeomorphic classification of wetlands, how to separate wetlands into units for rating, and how to answer all the questions on the field form. The purpose of the class is to provide you with knowledge so that you can fill out the rating form on your own. You will receive a copy of the rating system manual.

    It is important that you already have some experience and/or education in delineating wetlands and identifying natural wetland features such as outlets, boundaries of basins, vegetation classes, and some ability to distinguish between different plant species.


    This course will include two virtual sessions and one solo field visit. The virtual sessions will be hosted on Zoom on 11/12/2020 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) and 11/13/2020 (9:00 AM – 12:00 AM). From 11/13/2020 to 11/20/2020, participants on their own will apply the knowledge that they gained during the virtual sessions at two field sites.The sites are located at the Woodland Creek Community Park in Lacey, WA and Capitol Lake Interpretive Park in Olympia, WA. Participants should plan to spend 4.5 hours at the field sites. As follow up to this, the instructor will host a virtual post-field site visit session on 11/20/2020 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM). During this session, the instructor will answer questions and go over the expected findings from the field visits. (8 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)
     

    Link to rating system:
    https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1406029.html


    Instructors: 

    Dr. Amy Yahnke is the senior wetland ecologist for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She holds a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management, BS in Environmental Horticulture, MS in Forest Resources, and PhD in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She has studied wetland ecology within the contexts of amphibians, invasive plants, and stormwater management. Dr. Yahnke has experience teaching a wide range of environmental topics to audiences of all ages.


    Rebecca Rothwell has a BS in biology from the University of Puget Sound (2002) and a master’s of environmental studies from The Evergreen State College (2010). She has worked for Ecology since 2008, doing wetland mitigation compliance, wetland and shoreland permitting, assistance with CAO and SMP updates, OHWM determinations, and technical assistance with local governments.

     

    Doug Gresham is a wetland specialist in Ecology’s Northwest Region and he has 24 years of consulting experience in wetlands, fisheries, water quality monitoring, mitigation design and monitoring, construction inspection, and permitting. He provides technical assistance on wetland protection to government agencies and consultants within Snohomish, Skagit, and San Juan Counties.  He also conducts verification of consultant’s wetland delineations and ordinary high water mark determinations, and assesses the adequacy of their mitigation site designs and monitoring programs. 

    • Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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    • Thursday, December 03, 2020
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    • 2 sessions
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mount Vernon
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    This practical, hands-on virtual class is intended for local government personnel and consultants engaged in shoreline permitting activities.


    The class will take an in-depth look at the permit process and consider both procedural and substantive shoreline management issues. The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) will be reviewed. A permitting exercise will be assigned between day 1 and day 2 in order to provide participants the opportunity to apply information they learned during the session on day 1. The sessions on day 2 will focus on permitting issues, examples, and case studies related to Shoreline Master Programs updated per WAC Guidelines.


    This class is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced planners. Participants will have the option to log on 15 minutes early on day 1 and 30 minutes early on day 2 for informal networking time with the instructors and participants. (6 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)



    Instructors:

    Misty Blair is the statewide Shoreline Management Policy Lead with the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Shoreline Management Policy Lead deals with complex shoreline management issues; researching, developing and implementing new shoreline planning policies, procedures and initiatives; coordinating shoreline planning and permitting activities to ensure statewide consistency; and providing technical support and guidance to SEA program planning staff statewide. Misty has been with Ecology for 5 years and previously worked in environmental planning/permitting for the City of Tacoma. She has a BS in environmental policy and land management from the University of California, Berkeley (2002).


    Rebecca Rothwell is the Regional Shorelands Technical and Regulatory Expert and represents the SEA Program in the development and review of statewide guidelines, policies, and regulations related to protecting and managing the state’s shorelands, wetlands, and related aquatic resources.  This includes technical assistance to local governments as well as providing higher-level guidance to internal and external staff related to shoreline management.


    Jacob McCann is a Shorelands and Wetland Specialist for Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office in Spokane. He works directly with local governments, consultants, and other stakeholders throughout Eastern Washington to ensure compliance with the Shoreline Management Act and Water Pollution Control Act. Jacob started working with shoreline and floodplain issues for local government at Spokane County more than 15 years ago and has been with Department of Ecology for 5 years.


    Tim Gates has three decades experience in shoreline and growth management planning. He is currently Policy and Operations Manager for the Washington Department of Ecology Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program. Prior to his current position he worked for nine years as land use planner for the Washington Department of Commerce Growth Management Services program, where he provided technical and financial assistance to local governments. He worked for Ecology’s shoreline program from 1989 through 2005 developing state rules, preparing guidance and providing technical and financial assistance.


Past events

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual w/ solo field visit
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 CANCELLED-Eelgrass Delineation Training
Monday, June 22, 2020 CANCELLED-Eelgrass Delineation Training
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 POSTPONED-Gaining Project Traction with Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Engagement
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 POSTPONED-Wetland Classification
Friday, May 22, 2020 POSTPONED-How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Thursday, May 21, 2020 POSTPONED-How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 POSTPONED-How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Thursday, May 07, 2020 CANCELLED-Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 POSTPONED-Planning Effective Projects
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 CANCELLED-Designing and Installing Mitigation and Restoration Projects
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 POSTPONED-How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 POSTPONED-Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Winter Tree and Shrub Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Coastal Inundation Mapping
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 Coastal Inundation Mapping
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Thursday, January 16, 2020 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities
Friday, November 22, 2019 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Eastern Washington (Intended for River Restorationists)
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Environmental Negotiations
Friday, November 01, 2019 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 CANCELLED - Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs in Eastern WA
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Facilitation Skills for Scientists, Planners and Resource Managers
Thursday, September 12, 2019 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Tuesday, July 09, 2019 Riparian and Wetland Plant Identification in Central and Eastern WA
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Using the Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines for Marine Shoreline Stabilization
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Designing and Installing Mitigation and Restoration Projects
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Thursday, May 09, 2019 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Designing and Installing Mitigation and Restoration Projects
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Planning Effective Projects
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Navigating SEPA
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Plant Identification in Central and Eastern Washington Habitats
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Environmental Negotiations
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Gaining Project Traction with Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Engagement
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Selecting Wetland Mitigation Sites Using a Watershed Approach
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Lower Your Risk: Taking the Mystery out of Cultural Resource Management
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Facilitation Skills for Scientists, Planners and Resource Managers
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Eastern Washington
Friday, June 29, 2018 Eelgrass Delineation Training
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Eelgrass Delineation Training
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
Thursday, May 31, 2018 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark in Eastern WA
Thursday, May 17, 2018 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Gaining Project Traction with Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Engagement
Thursday, March 15, 2018 How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Thursday, March 08, 2018 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Thursday, February 15, 2018 How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Monday, January 29, 2018 Coastal Inundation Mapping
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Environmental Negotiations
Monday, October 16, 2017 Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Thursday, October 12, 2017 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Eelgrass Delineation Training
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Eelgrass Delineation Training
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Enhancing Your Presentations: Additional Techniques for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Thursday, April 13, 2017 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark in Eastern WA
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Selecting Wetland Mitigation Sites Using a Watershed Approach
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, March 16, 2017 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Tree and Shrub Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Thursday, January 19, 2017 How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 How to Communicate about Sea Level Rise
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Planning Effective Projects
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Thursday, October 13, 2016 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Identifying Wetlands of High Conservation Value Using Vegetation Classification and the Ecological Integrity Assessment (EIA)
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Eastern Washington
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Shoreline Management and Stabilization Using Vegetation (Updated!)
Thursday, June 09, 2016 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Thursday, June 02, 2016 Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration (Updated!)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings (Updated!)
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 Shoreline Management and Stabilization Using Vegetation (Updated!)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Thursday, April 07, 2016 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Environmental Negotiations (Eastern WA)
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Environmental Negotiations
Thursday, February 18, 2016 How to Administer Development Permits in Western Washington’s Shorelines
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Monday, January 25, 2016 High Resolution Change Detection: Tracking Land Cover Change (BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON)
Monday, January 25, 2016 High Resolution Change Detection: Tracking Land Cover Change (MORNING SESSION ONLY)
Thursday, January 14, 2016 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Using Field Indicators for Hydric Soils
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, October 08, 2015 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Selecting Wetland Mitigation Sites Using a Watershed Approach
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Eastern Washington
Thursday, May 28, 2015 Puget Sound Coastal Processes, Shoreline Modifications, and Beach Restoration (Updated!)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Environmental Negotiations
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, April 16, 2015 What's New in the Updated Version (2014) of the Washington State Wetland Rating System for Eastern Washington
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Coastal Inundation Mapping
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Thursday, March 12, 2015 What's New in the Updated Version (2014) of the Washington State Wetland Rating System for Western Washington - $95
Thursday, March 05, 2015 How to Administer Development Permits in Eastern Washington’s Shorelines - $75
Thursday, February 26, 2015 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials - $125
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Wetlands 101 for Local Planners (webinar) - $25
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats - $190
Thursday, February 05, 2015 Tree and Shrub Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats - $95
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Wetlands 101 for Local Planners (webinar) - $25

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