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Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • 9:00 AM (PDT()
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
  • 4:00 PM (PDT()
  • Padilla Bay Reserve (Mt. Vernon)
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This two-day intensive workshop will provide wetland regulators and consultants with practical information and experience in using the revised 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 revised rating system.

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. The morning sessions will be held inside. The afternoon sessions will be conducted in local wetlands, so dress appropriately. (12 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)
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Lunch is provided.

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.

Susan Meyer Susan has been a Wetland Specialist with the Department of Ecology since 1998. She currently works primarily in Island and Whatcom Counties conducting a wide range of technical assistance site visits, including 3rd party wetland reviews, mitigation compliance monitoring, and Ordinary High Water Mark determinations. She has been involved in several highly controversial OHWM determinations in Island County. Susan also reviews wetland mitigation proposals for compliance through the Water Quality Certification program and assists local jurisdictions in updating and implementing their Critical Areas Ordinances. 

Washington State Department of Ecology 


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