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    • Monday, January 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • South Puget Sound Community College
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Prerequisite: One or more years of GIS experience.

     

    This 2-day hands-on training provides an introduction to coastal inundation and coastal inundation mapping methods using GIS. Topics include discussion about different types of coastal inundation (i.e., riverine flooding, shallow coastal flooding, sea level rise, storm surge, tsunami), selection of elevation datasets and datums, mapping fundamentals, spatial methodologies used to map flood areas in a coastal environment, and applications and limitations of various types of inundation products.

    Upon completion of the class, you will be able to:

    • Understand mapping for different types of coastal inundation 
    • Understand mapping terminology
    • Access topographic and bathymetric data
    • Perform datum conversions
    • Understand interpolation methods and create digital elevation models
    • Understand coastal and ocean observation data and their applications
    • Map coastal inundation using a GIS
    • Map sea level rise using a modeled tidal surface
    • Understand online mapping technology


    Coastal Inundation Mapping is a technical class focused specifically on data development rather than data use, and therefore requires GIS experience.

    (13 AICP CM Credits/ CEP Points)


    Lunch is provided.


    National Instructor from NOAA:

    Matt Pendleton is a GIS Trainer with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the Graduate School at the College of Charleston. He works on a variety of hazard related topics with primary responsibilities including working with the coastal resource management community to build GIS and mapping capacity in the areas of coastal hazards and climate change.
    • Monday, January 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia
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    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • South Puget Sound Community College
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Prerequisite: One or more years of GIS experience.

     

    This 2-day hands-on training provides an introduction to coastal inundation and coastal inundation mapping methods using GIS. Topics include discussion about different types of coastal inundation (i.e., riverine flooding, shallow coastal flooding, sea level rise, storm surge, tsunami), selection of elevation datasets and datums, mapping fundamentals, spatial methodologies used to map flood areas in a coastal environment, and applications and limitations of various types of inundation products.

    Upon completion of the class, you will be able to:

    • Understand mapping for different types of coastal inundation 
    • Understand mapping terminology
    • Access topographic and bathymetric data
    • Perform datum conversions
    • Understand interpolation methods and create digital elevation models
    • Understand coastal and ocean observation data and their applications
    • Map coastal inundation using a GIS
    • Map sea level rise using a modeled tidal surface
    • Understand online mapping technology


    Coastal Inundation Mapping is a technical class focused specifically on data development rather than data use, and therefore requires GIS experience.

    (13 AICP CM Credits/ CEP Points)

     

    Lunch is provided.


    National Instructor from NOAA:

    Matt Pendleton is a GIS Trainer with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the Graduate School at the College of Charleston. He works on a variety of hazard related topics with primary responsibilities including working with the coastal resource management community to build GIS and mapping capacity in the areas of coastal hazards and climate change.
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia
    Register

     

    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This practical, hands-on 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 give attendees the opportunity to apply information they learned in the morning presentation and discussion. Afternoon sessions will focus on permitting issues and case studies related to Shoreline Master Programs updated per WAC Guidelines. This class is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced planners. (6.5 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)

     

    Lunch is provided.



    Instructors:
    Misty Blair is a Shoreline Planner with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She currently works on Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Comprehensive Updates, SMP Limited Amendments, and provides technical assistance on SMP implementation for her local jurisdictions which include: King County, Bothell, Des Moines, Duvall, Kent, Mercer Island, Renton, Shoreline, Skykomish, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, Brier, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Woodway.


    Nicole Faghin is a Coastal Management Specialist at Washington Sea Grant. She is a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Coastal Training Program and on the CTP Advisory Group. She has also taught courses at the UW Seattle Urban Planning Program, UW Tacoma Urban Studies Program, and has been a guest lecturer at the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.


    Peter Katich  is a  Senior Planner for the City of Gig Harbor where he has managed the update of the City’s Shoreline Master Program in addition to working on a variety of current and long range planning projects. He was an Urban Planner  for the City of Tacoma for 31 years.


    Rick Mraz is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist who works as a wetlands and shoreline specialist with the Department of Ecology. He began his career in wetlands work in Lee County, Florida in 1987. He has worked as a field biologist and environmental planner with local, state and federal agencies in Washington since 2001. Rick has degrees in Geology, Field Biology and Philosophy.


    Betty Renkor is a senior shorelines planner with the Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program.  Betty works on Ecology's guidance for Shoreline Master Program updates, including the SMP Handbook and website. She also  assists with SMA policy issues and training. She has worked in environmental and land use planning for local governments and a consulting firm.




    • Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
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    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)
    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This 2-day class emphasizes field character identification of the most common freshwater, estuarine wetland, and associated upland buffer species found in the Puget lowland region of Washington State. It is oriented towards the needs of shoreline planners, delineators and those involved with Ordinary High Water Mark determinations, and restoration.


    The format is a lecture/laboratory setup. Each class begins with a short lecture covering the terminology and salient morphological characteristics needed for a taxonomic identification of the species of choice, field characteristics, some ecological aspects of the species’ common habitat, commonly associated species, distribution, potential use for restoration purposes, and any special ecological requirements. Lecture materials include drawings, slides, and dried plant material. Ample dried material will be available for everyone to practice their keying skills. (14 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    Recommended text: Cooke. 1997. A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon. Seattle Audubon. (NOTE: This book is currently out of print and is being updated. There will be loaner copies available during class.)


    Recommended text: Hitchcock, c. 1973. Flora of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press.

    Available from Amazon, University Bookstores, Local Libraries.


    Please also bring a plant dissecting kit (at least a pair of forceps and a dissecting needle).


    Lunch is provided. 



    Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cooke specializes in wetland creation, restoration and enhancement projects, both in design and implementation. She excels in permitting assistance on the local, state, and national level. She has conducted scientific research on wetland ecosystems for the Puget Sound Wetland and Stormwater Management Manual. Her expertise includes restoration designs, wetland inventories, wetland delineation, OHWM studies, baseline studies, impact assessments, monitoring programs, rare plant surveys, soil surveys, vegetation mapping, and watershed analysis in the region.

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
    Register

     

    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)
    • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Ecology Headquarters, Lacey
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Do you speak at conferences, public meetings, or other events where you need to convey a specific message? Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite hit the mark by the lackluster reactions of your audience members? Would you like to authentically engage people and help them to consider a different point of view?

    This two-day training class features best practices for presenting data and is especially geared towards scientists and professionals who work for local and state agencies.
     
    In this class, you will learn how to:

    •   Use visuals in a way that has impact;
    •   Make your message memorable;
    •   Tell a compelling story;
    •   Create rapport with your audience;
    •   Present data in an accessible way;
    •   Drill down to your most important message;
    •   Transform the way you do PowerPoint.

    The classes will be held two weeks apart. In between, you will develop a short presentation to present to the class on Day Two. This is an opportunity for you to immediately apply what you've learned and to receive positive coaching and feedback. (14 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)


    Lunch is provided.


    Instructors:
    Cathy Angell coordinates the Coastal Training Program and has a long history of designing and delivering presentations, as well as coaching others.
    She specializes in presentation skills for educators, scientists, and public officials. A former member of the National Speaker’s Association, she has presented at conferences, colleges, business organizations, and retreats. She recently received a communication award from NOAA named in her honor.

    Nicole Faghin is a Coastal Management Specialist at Washington Sea Grant. She is a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Coastal Training Program and on the CTP Advisory Group. She has also taught courses at the UW Seattle Urban Planning Program, UW Tacoma Urban Studies Program, and has been a guest lecturer at the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

    • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Ecology Headquarters, Lacey
    Register

     

    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This practical, hands-on 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 give attendees the opportunity to apply information they learned in the morning presentation and discussion. Afternoon sessions will focus on permitting issues and case studies related to Shoreline Master Programs updated per WAC Guidelines. This class is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced planners. (6.5 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)

     

    Lunch is provided.



    Instructors:
    Misty Blair is a Shoreline Planner with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She currently works on Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Comprehensive Updates, SMP Limited Amendments, and provides technical assistance on SMP implementation for her local jurisdictions which include: King County, Bothell, Des Moines, Duvall, Kent, Mercer Island, Renton, Shoreline, Skykomish, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, Brier, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Woodway.


    Nicole Faghin is a Coastal Management Specialist at Washington Sea Grant. She is a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. Nicole is a frequent lecturer for the Coastal Training Program and on the CTP Advisory Group. She has also taught courses at the UW Seattle Urban Planning Program, UW Tacoma Urban Studies Program, and has been a guest lecturer at the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.


    Peter Katich  is a  Senior Planner for the City of Gig Harbor where he has managed the update of the City’s Shoreline Master Program in addition to working on a variety of current and long range planning projects. He was an Urban Planner  for the City of Tacoma for 31 years.


    Rick Mraz is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist who works as a wetlands and shoreline specialist with the Department of Ecology. He began his career in wetlands work in Lee County, Florida in 1987. He has worked as a field biologist and environmental planner with local, state and federal agencies in Washington since 2001. Rick has degrees in Geology, Field Biology and Philosophy.


    Betty Renkor is a senior shorelines planner with the Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program.  Betty works on Ecology's guidance for Shoreline Master Program updates, including the SMP Handbook and website. She also  assists with SMA policy issues and training. She has worked in environmental and land use planning for local governments and a consulting firm.




    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
    Register

     

    If the class is full, please sign up for this waiting list. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

     

    (The waiting list also helps us know how much demand there is for a course.)

Past events

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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