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Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 12/3)

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
  • Thursday, December 09, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 9:00 AM 12:30 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Friday, December 03, 2021, 9:00 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, December 09, 2021, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Virtual on 11/30 and 12/1 and in-person at a field site on 12/3
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This four-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 required virtual sessions on Zoom on 11/30 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) and 12/1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm). Participants will visit sites with the instructor in Thurston County on 12/3 (9 am - 4:30 pm). The sites are located at the Woodland Creek Community Park in Lacey, WA and Capitol Lake Interpretive Park in Olympia, WA. As follow up to this, the instructor will host an optional virtual post-field site session on Zoom on December 9th (9:00 am -12:00 pm).


Please note that it is mandatory to attend the virtual sessions on 11/30 and 12/1 and in-person field session on 12/3 to obtain your certification for the rating system. During the field component, all participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. You will likely be asked to complete a health survey within 12 hours of the field component and wear a mask. (13.5 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.

Washington State Department of Ecology 

 

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