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    • Tuesday, December 06, 2022
    • Thursday, December 08, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual on 12/6 and 12/7 and in-person at a field site on 12/8
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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 required virtual sessions on Zoom on 12/6 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) and 12/7 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm). Participants will visit sites with the instructor in Thurston County on 12/8 (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. Please note that it is mandatory to attend the virtual sessions on 12/6 and 12/7 and in-person field session on 12/8 in order to obtain your certification for the rating system (13.5 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Specifically, you will be asked to complete a COVID-19 health screening within 12 hours of arriving at the field session and wear a mask.

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


    Instructor: 

    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.

    • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    Module 1: Overview and Applicability

    The online State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) training series will be presented by Fran Sant of the Washington State Department of Ecology. The four-session series is designed to provide participants with a general overview of the purpose of SEPA, the procedural requirements of the rules, and how SEPA can be used in decision-making. You can sign up for all four or just the modules that pertain to your work.


    In this introductory session being held on January 10, 2023, we will cover the statutory overview and purpose of the Act as well as when it is required for agency decision-making.  It will cover agency roles and responsibilities – including the designation of the SEPA lead agency.  This session also addresses SEPA exemptions and a discussion of when there are exceptions to those exemptions. (2.5 AICP credits/CEP Points)


    Here is a recording of the training from April 13, 2021. 


    Instructor

    Fran Sant is a senior environmental planner for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She has been providing SEPA technical assistance and working on SEPA rulemaking since joining Ecology in 2012. Prior to joining Ecology Fran was with the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation.  


    • Thursday, January 12, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    Module 2: Conducting the Review – Checklists, Threshold Determination, Public Notice, Review and Commenting,

    and Appeals


    The online State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) training series will be presented by Fran Sant of the Washington State Department of Ecology. The four-session series is designed to provide participants with a general overview of the purpose of SEPA, the procedural requirements of the rules, and how SEPA can be used in decision-making. You can sign up for all four or just the modules that pertain to your work.


    This session being held on January 12, 2023, covers the basic environmental review and analysis process with a focus on SEPA for projects such as general development proposals, industrial projects, and infrastructure construction.  We’ll discuss the Environmental Checklist, supplemental information, significant impacts, threshold determination (DNS, MDNS, or DS).  We’ll also cover inter-agency distribution, public notice and the SEPA Register as well as tips on how to review and comment on other agencies’ documents.  The general SEPA appeal options will be addressed with time for question and answer about various agency-specific options. (2.5 AICP credits/CEP Points)


    Here is a recording of the training from April 15, 2021. 


    Instructor

    Fran Sant is a senior environmental planner for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She has been providing SEPA technical assistance and working on SEPA rulemaking since joining Ecology in 2012. Prior to joining Ecology Fran was with the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation.  


    • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    Module 3: Conducting an Environmental Impact Statement Process 


    The online State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) training series will be presented by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The four-session series is designed to provide participants with a general overview of the purpose of SEPA, the procedural requirements of the rules, and how SEPA can be used in decision-making. You can sign up for all four or just the modules that pertain to your work.


    In this introductory session being held on January 17, 2023, we will cover the statutory overview and purpose of the Act as well as when it is required for agency decision-making.  It will cover agency roles and responsibilities – including the designation of the SEPA lead agency.  This session also addresses SEPA exemptions and a discussion of when there are exceptions to those exemptions. (2.5 AICP credits/CEP Points)


    Here is a recording of the training from April 20, 2021. 


    Instructor

    Diane Butorac is a senior environmental planner for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She has been Ecology’s project manager for multiple Environmental Impact Statements. Diane holds a MS in Environmental Science, a Certificate as a Project Management Professional, and a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management.


    • Thursday, January 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    Module 4: NonProject SEPA, Phased Review, Adopting Existing Documents


    The online State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) training series will be presented by Fran Sant of the Washington State Department of Ecology. The four-session series is designed to provide participants with a general overview of the purpose of SEPA, the procedural requirements of the rules, and how SEPA can be used in decision-making. You can sign up for all four or just the modules that pertain to your work.


    This is the session with important yet often confusing or ambiguous aspects of the SEPA reviews being held on January 19, 2023.  We’ll provide more time for Q & A but also go into more depth on how to analyze indirect impacts for a programmatic or “nonproject” SEPA review.  This also leads into some procedural steps related to phased review and how to adopt previously prepared SEPA and NEPA documents.

    (2.5 AICP credits/CEP Points)



    Here is the recording of the training from April 22nd, 2021.


    Fran Sant is a senior environmental planner for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She has been providing SEPA technical assistance and working on SEPA rulemaking since joining Ecology in 2012. Prior to joining Ecology Fran was with the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Assistance and Innovation.  


    • Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual - Zoom
    • 12
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    The objective of this training is to provide Local government floodplain managers and building officials in Washington with intermediate level training for making substantial improvement and substantial damage determinations. Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program is a required pre-requisite for this course. 


    After major disasters, numerous buildings in a community may be substantially damaged.  It is important for floodplain managers to have the knowledge and resources needed to process numerous substantial damage determinations during the rebuilding process. The core purpose of the substantial improvement/substantial damage rule is to bring nonconforming buildings up to current floodplain safety standards. It is important for floodplain managers to understand the accepted methodologies to do this. 


    This course will discuss techniques for determining substantial improvement and substantial damage.  We will talk about regulatory requirements and managing substantial damage determinations in the post-disaster environment.


    This training will take place on January 24th from 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM on Zoom. 

    Participants will have the option to log on 10 minutes early for a brief introduction to Zoom. 


    Instructors


    Alex Rosen is a Floodplain Management Planner with the Department of Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office. He provides floodplain management technical assistance to communities, and manages Floodplains by Design and other ECY grants.  Alex has been with Ecology for three years.  Alex received his MS in Natural Resource Mgmt and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.


    Matt Gerlach is a floodplain management planner with the Department of Ecology’s Southwest Regional office. Matt provides technical assistance to local governments implementing the National Flood Insurance Program, manages Floodplains by Design grants and assists with comprehensive flood hazard planning. Matt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology.


    Meagan Hayes is the Eastern Region Floodplain Management Planner with the Department of Ecology, working for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program. Mrs. Hayes’ primary scope of focus includes reducing flood losses, enhancing natural floodplain function, and assisting Eastern Region communities in their implementation of their Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Previously, Mrs. Hayes worked for local governmental agencies as a Land Use Planner and Floodplain Administrator, bringing expanse understanding and recognition of the role of the local community to her position with the State. Mrs. Hayes holds a B.S. in Conservation Management and Planning with areas of focus including Communication Studies and Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho and is a Certified Floodplain Planner (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Management Planners (ASFPM). Mrs. Hayes enjoys reading, fishing, hiking, and is a proud dog-mom to her beloved Copper Finn.


    Sandra (Sandy) Floyd is an NFIP Regional Coordinator for the Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office. Prior to joining Ecology, her job history consisted of working in local government as subdivision/zoning coordinator and floodplain administrator. In the private sector she worked at an engineering & surveying firm as project manager. Having sat on both sides of the table helps to assist in implementing an effective floodplain management program.  She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Geography.



    • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual - Zoom
    • 35
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    The objective of this training is to provide Local government floodplain managers and building officials in Washington with intermediate level training for making substantial improvement and substantial damage determinations. Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program is a required pre-requisite for this course. 


    After major disasters, numerous buildings in a community may be substantially damaged.  It is important for floodplain managers to have the knowledge and resources needed to process numerous substantial damage determinations during the rebuilding process. The core purpose of the substantial improvement/substantial damage rule is to bring nonconforming buildings up to current floodplain safety standards. It is important for floodplain managers to understand the accepted methodologies to do this. 


    This course will discuss techniques for determining substantial improvement and substantial damage.  We will talk about regulatory requirements and managing substantial damage determinations in the post-disaster environment.


    This training will take place on January 25th from 8:30 - 12 pm on Zoom. 

    Participants will have the option to log on 10 minutes early for a brief introduction to Zoom. 


    Instructors


    Alex Rosen is a Floodplain Management Planner with the Department of Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office. He provides floodplain management technical assistance to communities, and manages Floodplains by Design and other ECY grants.  Alex has been with Ecology for three years.  Alex received his MS in Natural Resource Mgmt and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.


    Matt Gerlach is a floodplain management planner with the Department of Ecology’s Southwest Regional office. Matt provides technical assistance to local governments implementing the National Flood Insurance Program, manages Floodplains by Design grants and assists with comprehensive flood hazard planning. Matt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology.


    Meagan Hayes is the Eastern Region Floodplain Management Planner with the Department of Ecology, working for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program. Mrs. Hayes’ primary scope of focus includes reducing flood losses, enhancing natural floodplain function, and assisting Eastern Region communities in their implementation of their Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Previously, Mrs. Hayes worked for local governmental agencies as a Land Use Planner and Floodplain Administrator, bringing expanse understanding and recognition of the role of the local community to her position with the State. Mrs. Hayes holds a B.S. in Conservation Management and Planning with areas of focus including Communication Studies and Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho and is a Certified Floodplain Planner (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Management Planners (ASFPM). Mrs. Hayes enjoys reading, fishing, hiking, and is a proud dog-mom to her beloved Copper Finn.


    Sandra (Sandy) Floyd is an NFIP Regional Coordinator for the Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office. Prior to joining Ecology, her job history consisted of working in local government as subdivision/zoning coordinator and floodplain administrator. In the private sector she worked at an engineering & surveying firm as project manager. Having sat on both sides of the table helps to assist in implementing an effective floodplain management program.  She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Geography.



    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mt Vernon
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    This one-day class will emphasize winter field character identification of the wetland species and associated upland buffer species found in the Puget lowland region of Washington (approximately 12 trees and 60 shrubs, including willows). Class instruction will be oriented towards the needs of shoreline planners, delineators, and those involved with Ordinary High Water Mark determinations, and restoration.


    The format will be a lecture/laboratory setup and taxa examined will include common lowland, freshwater (and a few estuarine) species. Fresh material will be provided if in season, and winter characteristics (buds, leaf scars, pith, and bark) will be covered in the winter season. Each class will begin 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 will include drawings, slides, and plant material. (6.5 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    Lunch is provided. 


    Suggested texts: Cooke. 1997. A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon. Seattle Audubon. Available through University Books Store, Audubon Books Store and Amazon.com.


    Not required but recommended. (Dr. Cooke will supply much of the information) Gilkey, Halen. Winter Twigs. revised Edition: A Wintertime Key to Deciduous Trees and Shrubs of Northwest Oregon and Western Washington.


    COVID-19 Considerations: All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Masks are recommended. 


    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.




    • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    • (PST)
    • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • South Puget Sound Community College (Lacey Campus)
    • 8
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    Prerequisite: 6 months – 1 year ArcGIS 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)


    All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Masks are recommended.


    Lunch is provided.


    Instructor:

    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, February 08, 2023
    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    This popular two-day class has shifted the paradigms of hundreds of people and raised the science communication bar at conferences, public meetings, and educational events. It features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists, educators, and professionals who work in the public and private sectors.


    On Day 1 (2/8/2023), you’ll learn about best practices in message development and slide design - with several opportunities for hands-on application. Over the following 2 weeks, you’ll design a 5-minute presentation applying what you’ve learned. When you return to class on Day 2 (2/22/2023), you’ll give your presentation and receive valuable feedback and coaching. As you witness the other presentations, you’ll see how much more interesting and engaging it is to view slides that are designed without excessive text and bullet points. The ultimate goal of the training is to improve your science communication skills, while making your presentations more enjoyable for you and more engaging for your audience. (12 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)



    In this class, you will learn how to:

    • Transform the way you do PowerPoint
    • Deliver a crystal-clear message
    • Present data in a way that sticks in people’s brains
    • Keep your audience interested and engaged

    This two-day class features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists and professionals who work for local and state agencies.
     

    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.


    Instructor:
    Cathy Angell is a presentation coach and trainer with Cathy Angell Communications. She recently launched her own business after coordinating the Coastal Training Program for 18 years. Cathy is nationally known for her transformative methods of presentation design and delivery. She specializes in presentation skills for educators, scientists, and public officials. In 2015, she received a communications award from NOAA named in her honor.


    Nicole Faghin is a land use and environmental planner and educator, mediator and lawyer with over 30 years of experience working with local, state and federal governments, tribes, ports, non-profits and consultants. Her work focuses on education, outreach and training on current issues related to coastal management in Washington state. She is a frequent lecturer for Ecology’s Coastal Training Program and 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. Nicole is a member of the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council. She received a master’s in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass.





    • Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    • Thursday, February 23, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    This popular two-day class has shifted the paradigms of hundreds of people and raised the science communication bar at conferences, public meetings, and educational events. It features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists, educators, and professionals who work in the public and private sectors.


    On Day 1 (2/8/2023), you’ll learn about best practices in message development and slide design - with several opportunities for hands-on application. Over the following 2 weeks, you’ll design a 5-minute presentation applying what you’ve learned. When you return to class on Day 2 (2/23/2023), you’ll give your presentation and receive valuable feedback and coaching. As you witness the other presentations, you’ll see how much more interesting and engaging it is to view slides that are designed without excessive text and bullet points. The ultimate goal of the training is to improve your science communication skills, while making your presentations more enjoyable for you and more engaging for your audience. (12 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)



    In this class, you will learn how to:

    • Transform the way you do PowerPoint
    • Deliver a crystal-clear message
    • Present data in a way that sticks in people’s brains
    • Keep your audience interested and engaged

    This two-day class features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists and professionals who work for local and state agencies.
     

    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.


    Instructor:
    Cathy Angell is a presentation coach and trainer with Cathy Angell Communications. She recently launched her own business after coordinating the Coastal Training Program for 18 years. Cathy is nationally known for her transformative methods of presentation design and delivery. She specializes in presentation skills for educators, scientists, and public officials. In 2015, she received a communications award from NOAA named in her honor.


    Nicole Faghin is a land use and environmental planner and educator, mediator and lawyer with over 30 years of experience working with local, state and federal governments, tribes, ports, non-profits and consultants. Her work focuses on education, outreach and training on current issues related to coastal management in Washington state. She is a frequent lecturer for Ecology’s Coastal Training Program and 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. Nicole is a member of the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council. She received a master’s in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass

    • Tuesday, February 14, 2023
    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual - Zoom
    • 4
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    Join us for a training on the use and utility of the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) online spatial data and web-based mapping tools: the Estuaries Explorer and Estuary Viewer.


    These tools have been developed for scientists and managers to provide easy access to compiled geographic and biophysical information on estuaries and coastal fish habitats of California, Oregon, and Washington. Users can explore and filter estuary data on regional and local scales for conservation and restoration planning and management purposes. 

     

    In the training, participants will learn how to effectively use the compiled data in both tools and how to download available datasets, upload personal data sets or data from outside of PMEP, and customize their queries and data overlays.  

     

    The four-hour training is on February 14 and 15 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM each day. The training is $25. 


    Instructors:

    Kate Sherman specializes in marine and coastal spatial data compilation, management, and analysis. Her experience includes all aspects of executing spatial analysis projects including stakeholder outreach and interviews, fieldwork, literature reviews, data compilation and standardization, data analysis, report writing, and cartography. Her ability to engage with stakeholders and partners as well as clearly communicate project results help her effectively achieve project goals. Kate is currently part of the GIS team at Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, where she is the data steward for the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP). While at PSMFC she has created West Coast wide datasets on eelgrass distribution dataset and tidally restored areas, and is currently compiling data on nearshore habitats and barriers to tidal connectivity.


    Van Hare is the GIS Manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) in Portland, Oregon.  He leads a tight-knit GIS team that helps diverse partnerships use geospatial data and technologies to promote the conservation and management of Pacific Coast fishery resources.  Van represents PSMFC on a number of technical/science & data committees, including the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP).  He welcomes collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that leverage GIS as a platform to improve understanding of coastal and marine environments in order to guide strategic, data-driven resource management conservation and restoration planning decisions.  


    Brett Holycross is a GIS Analyst/Geographer at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.  He has over 20 years of experience in data management, analysis, and visualization for fisheries across the West Coast and Alaska.


    • Monday, February 20, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, March 10, 2023
    • 12:00 AM
    • Moodle - online
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    These courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices


    This course is offered as part of a series of six courses related to Alternatives to Bulkheads. Course 1 is recommended for as a pre requisite for courses 3-6. Course 3 will be offered on March 23-24 and courses 5-6 will be offered this spring and fall.


    This self-paced course will help you identify key aspects of shoreline and coastal processes relevant to sites within Puget Sound. It is especially geared toward shoreline planners, consultants, and marine contractors who are interested in implementing projects considered to be “soft” alternatives to bulkheads or armoring.  This course will help you become familiar with general topics related to coastal processes, shoreline vegetation, marine habitat, weather impacts, and climate change. This overview of shoreline and coastal processes forms the basis of understanding all other aspects of shoreline stabilization and the alternatives to armoring.


    This course will available to registrants from February 20, 2023 - March 10, 2023. The course will take about 5 hours to complete. Upon completion, you will receive certificate for 5 AICP CM credits. 


    This course is a recommended pre-requisite to the upcoming class: Alternatives to Bulkheads: Course #3 - Site Assessment on March 23-24, 2023.


    Jeff Adams works on a wide range of aquatic and watershed issues from his field office in Bremerton. With colleagues from Washington State University and numerous other partnerships, Jeff develops and supports beach naturalist and watershed stewardship programs as well as their associated outreach and citizen science opportunities. He also works to encourage low impact development practices that help protect the region’s waters from stormwater runoff. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Oceanography and a master’s degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, both from the University of Washington. 


    Ben Alexander is co-owner of Sound Native Plants. He oversees SNP installation and maintenance programs, and provides professional consulting on project planning, design and permitting. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Planning from the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, and is qualified to conduct the Riparian Function and Fish Habitat modules for Washington Department of Natural Resources Watershed Analyses.


    Wendy Gerstel is a licensed Engineering Geologist and Hydrogeologist and owner /principal scientist of Qwg Applied Geology. She has over 30 years of experience working with Federal, State, and local jurisdictions, Tribes, non-profit groups, and private landowners throughout the U.S. and extensively in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1992 Wendy has provided coastal geologic, geomorphic, and hydrogeologic input to a range of research, mapping, mitigation, and restoration projects. She obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and her MSc. in Geology from Humboldt State University, California, in 1989.


    Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Ian works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunamis, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and other hazards associated with climate change. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Ecology from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


    Corey Morss is an Environmental Engineer working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Program.  Corey provides technical assistance to WDFW Habitat Biologists statewide, as well as designing and constructing restoration projects in marine and freshwater environments.  Corey has developed and delivered trainings on water crossings, marine shoreline protection (MSDG), fluvial geomorphology, reading engineering plans, and fish friendly construction considerations. Corey is passionate about the outdoors and spends most of his spare time hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing, boating or dreaming about those things.



    These courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. Participation in the training program does not indicate any form of endorsement of attendees by the Shore Friendly program, nor does participation assume subsequent work conducted by a participant adheres to Shore Friendly principles.  

     

    Funded wholly or in part by EPA under grant #PC-01J22301 (NEP Habitat Strategic Initiative).




    • Wednesday, March 01, 2023
    • Thursday, March 02, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mt Vernon
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    The two-day class will emphasize field character identification of the most common freshwater, estuarine wetland, and associated upland buffer species found in the Puget lowland region of Washington State. The format will be a lecture/laboratory setup. Ample dried material will be available for everyone to practice their keying skills.


    Each class will begin 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 will include drawings, slides, and dried plant material. The class instruction will be oriented towards the needs of shoreline planners, delineators, OHWM determinations, and restoration ecologists.

     (14 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    Lunch is provided.


    Recommended text: There is a second edition of Hitchcock and Cronquist published in 2018 and edited by David Giblin, Ben Ledger, Peter Zika and Richard Olmstead. That would be preferred if you can get it. If not bring the older version.


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


    If you have or can get a hold of a copy of A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon Sarah Cooke (Ed) 1997. It is out of print but there will be a few copies to share. Much of the material Dr. Cooke discusses is in this book.


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


    COVID-19 Considerations:  All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Mask are recommended.



    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, March 08, 2023
    • Thursday, March 09, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mt Vernon
    • 0
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    The two-day class will emphasize field character identification of the most common freshwater, estuarine wetland, and associated upland buffer species found in the Puget lowland region of Washington State. The format will be a lecture/laboratory setup. Ample dried material will be available for everyone to practice their keying skills.


    Each class will begin 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 will include drawings, slides, and dried plant material. The class instruction will be oriented towards the needs of shoreline planners, delineators, OHWM determinations, and restoration ecologists.

     (14 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    Lunch is provided.


    Recommended text: There is a second edition of Hitchcock and Cronquist published in 2018 and edited by David Giblin, Ben Ledger, Peter Zika and Richard Olmstead. That would be preferred if you can get it. If not bring the older version.


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


    If you have or can get a hold of a copy of A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon Sarah Cooke (Ed) 1997. It is out of print but there will be a few copies to share. Much of the material Dr. Cooke discusses is in this book.


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


    COVID-19 Considerations:  All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Masks are recommended.



    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.





    • Tuesday, March 14, 2023
    • Thursday, March 16, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual on 3/14 and 3/15 and in-person at a field site on 3/16
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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 required virtual sessions on Zoom on 3/14 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) and 3/15 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm). Participants will visit sites with the instructor in Thurston County on 3/16 (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. Please note that it is mandatory to attend the virtual sessions on 3/14 and 3/15 and in-person field session on 3/16 in order to obtain your certification for the rating system (13.5 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    Lunch will be provided during the field session.


    All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Specifically, you will be asked to wear a mask during the field session.


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


    Instructor: 

    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.

    • Tuesday, March 21, 2023
    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual (via Zoom)
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    Using the 2021 Interagency Wetland Mitigation Guidance



    This class is designed for those who develop mitigation plans and for those who review and approve such plans. The training, which is divided into four modules, is based on the 2021 interagency document, "Wetland Mitigation in Washington State," Part 1, Agency Policies and Guidance.


    This class provides an in-depth overview of the contents of Part 1. Topics include mitigation sequencing, site selection, compensation approaches and methods, determining the amount of compensation, buffers, and more. Several class exercises and poll questions allow participants to apply the concepts being taught.


    This course does NOT provide technical specifications for how to design or condition mitigation projects. (11.0 CM Credits)


    Link to guidance: https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Wetlands/Mitigation/Interagency-guidance



    Instructors

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


    Patricia Johnson is a wetland specialist with the Washington Department of Ecology. She conducted Ecology's Washington State Wetland Mitigation Evaluation Study (Phase 1 and 2) and co-authored Wetlands in Washington - Volume 1: A Synthesis of the Science, the 2006 Interagency guidance document Wetland Mitigation in Washington State, as well as the 2021 update to Part 1. Patricia follows up on wetland mitigation projects to ensure compliance. Patricia has a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Evergreen State College. 


    Dana Mock is a wetland mitigation specialist for the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology. She coordinated the development of the 2006 interagency wetland mitigation guidance document "Wetland Mitigation in Washington State," as well as the 2021 update to Part 1. Dana tracks and follows up on wetland mitigation projects across Washington to ensure compliance with the conditions of Section 401 water quality certifications and Administrative Orders for non-federally regulated wetlands.



    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Friday, March 24, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • virtual on March 23 and in-person (North Sound) on March 24
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    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. 


    This course is offered as part of a series of six courses related to Alternatives to Bulkheads. The content of each course builds on the previous course.


    Course #3 explores how to conduct a site assessment for a shoreline stabilization project. This includes identifying issues that need to be addressed, where to find resources for each of the issues, and how to prepare and read reports pertaining to various aspects of the site.

    (Prerequisite: Course #1- General Concepts related to Shorelines and Stabilization)


    March 23rd will be virtual from 9 am - 3 pm. March 24 will be in-person at a location in the North Sound on 3/24 from 9 am - 12 pm (8 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    COVID-19 Considerations:  All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training during the in-person session. Mask are recommended for the in-person session.


    Instructors:

    Jessica Cote is a coastal engineer with Blue Coast Engineering, which she founded in 2018. Jessica is deeply committed to the health and recovery of Puget Sound. For more than two decades she has worked on complex coastal issues nationally and globally. She received her Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University.


    Corey Morss is an Environmental Engineer working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Program. He provides technical assistance to WDFW Habitat Biologists statewide, as well as designing and constructing restoration projects in marine and freshwater environments. Corey has developed and delivered trainings on water crossings, marine shoreline protection (MSDG), fluvial geomorphology, reading engineering plans, and fish friendly construction considerations.



    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. Participation in the training program does not indicate any form of endorsement of attendees by the Shore Friendly program, nor does participation assume subsequent work conducted by a participant adheres to Shore Friendly principles.  

     

    Funded wholly or in part by EPA under grant #PC-01J22301 (NEP Habitat Strategic Initiative).


    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Friday, March 24, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • virtual on March 23 and in-person (Mid-Sound) on March 24
    • 3
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    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. 


    This course is offered as part of a series of six courses related to Alternatives to Bulkheads. The content of each course builds on the previous course.


    Course #3 explores how to conduct a site assessment for a shoreline stabilization project. This includes identifying issues that need to be addressed, where to find resources for each of the issues, and how to prepare and read reports pertaining to various aspects of the site.

    (Prerequisite: Course #1- General Concepts related to Shorelines and Stabilization)


    March 23rd will be virtual from 9 am - 3 pm. March 24 will be in-person at a location in the Mid-Sound on 3/24 from 9 am - 12 pm (8 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    COVID-19 Considerations:  All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training during the in-person session. Mask are recommended for the in-person session.



    Instructors:

    Jessica Cote is a coastal engineer with Blue Coast Engineering, which she founded in 2018. Jessica is deeply committed to the health and recovery of Puget Sound. For more than two decades she has worked on complex coastal issues nationally and globally. She received her Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University.


    Corey Morss is an Environmental Engineer working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Program. He provides technical assistance to WDFW Habitat Biologists statewide, as well as designing and constructing restoration projects in marine and freshwater environments. Corey has developed and delivered trainings on water crossings, marine shoreline protection (MSDG), fluvial geomorphology, reading engineering plans, and fish friendly construction considerations.



    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. Participation in the training program does not indicate any form of endorsement of attendees by the Shore Friendly program, nor does participation assume subsequent work conducted by a participant adheres to Shore Friendly principles.  

     

    Funded wholly or in part by EPA under grant #PC-01J22301 (NEP Habitat Strategic Initiative).


    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Friday, March 24, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • virtual on March 23 and in-person (South Sound) on March 24
    • 0
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    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. 


    This course is offered as part of a series of six courses related to Alternatives to Bulkheads. The content of each course builds on the previous course.


    Course #3 explores how to conduct a site assessment for a shoreline stabilization project. This includes identifying issues that need to be addressed, where to find resources for each of the issues, and how to prepare and read reports pertaining to various aspects of the site.

    (Prerequisite: Course #1- General Concepts related to Shorelines and Stabilization)


    March 23rd will be virtual from 9 am - 3 pm. March 24 will be in-person at a location in the South Sound on 3/24 from 9 am - 12 pm (8 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


    COVID-19 Considerations:  All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training during the in-person session. Mask are recommended for the in-person session.



    Instructors:

    Jessica Cote is a coastal engineer with Blue Coast Engineering, which she founded in 2018. Jessica is deeply committed to the health and recovery of Puget Sound. For more than two decades she has worked on complex coastal issues nationally and globally. She received her Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University.


    Corey Morss is an Environmental Engineer working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Program. He provides technical assistance to WDFW Habitat Biologists statewide, as well as designing and constructing restoration projects in marine and freshwater environments. Corey has developed and delivered trainings on water crossings, marine shoreline protection (MSDG), fluvial geomorphology, reading engineering plans, and fish friendly construction considerations.



    The Alternative to Bulkheads courses are endorsed by the Shore Friendly program and the content is consistent with Shore Friendly recommended practices. Participation in the training program does not indicate any form of endorsement of attendees by the Shore Friendly program, nor does participation assume subsequent work conducted by a participant adheres to Shore Friendly principles.  

     

    Funded wholly or in part by EPA under grant #PC-01J22301 (NEP Habitat Strategic Initiative).


    • Wednesday, May 10, 2023
    • Thursday, May 11, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual on 5/10 and in-person at wetlands in Spokane on 5/11
    • 6
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    This two-day class will provide wetland regulators and consultants with a practical tool for calculating if mitigation projects will adequately replace the functions and values lost to altered wetlands. The class is based on a method developed by the Department of Ecology called "Calculating Credits and Debits for Compensatory Mitigation in Wetlands of Eastern Washington" (Ecology Publication #11-06-15). This method is designed to provide guidance for both regulators and applicants during two stages of the mitigation process: 1) estimating the functions and values lost when a wetland is altered, and 2) estimating the gain in functions and values that result from the mitigation.

     

    The Credit Debit Method is based on the Washington State Wetland Rating System for Eastern Washington (Ecology publications #04-06-015 and #14-06-030). This workshop however does not provide training in the wetland rating system. Training in the wetland rating system is strongly suggested as a PRE-REQUISITE for this workshop.


    This course will include a required virtual session on Zoom on May 10, 2023 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm). Participants will visit wetlands in Spokane with the instructor on May 11, 2023 (9 am - 12:30 pm). The in-person session will be conducted in wetlands in Spokane, so dress appropriately. (6 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points).


    All participants will be expected to follow Washington Department of Ecology’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the training. Specifically, you will be asked to  wear a mask.


    You will receive a copy of the “Eastern Washington Credit-Debit” manual. 



    Instructor: 

    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.

Past events

Thursday, December 01, 2022 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs (field day on 12/2 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Eastern Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 11/3 in Spokane)
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 10/13 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials - 2nd day on 10/18, virtual
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials - 2nd day on 10/19, virtual
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 Coastal Adaptation Planning Essentials - virtual
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey on 9/21/2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey on 9/20/2022
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 9/15 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 6/30 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 7/1 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 7/1 in Skagit County)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 6/30 in Skagit County)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Eastern Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 6/30 in Yakima County)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 National Flood Insurance Program Requirements for Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage - virtual
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Using the Credit-Debit Method for Estimating Mitigation Needs (field day on 6/17 in Thurston County)
Tuesday, June 07, 2022 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 6/9 in Thurston County)
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 6/3 in Thurston County)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 National Flood Insurance Program Requirements for Coastal High Hazard Areas - virtual
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 ALTERNATIVES TO BULKHEADS: Course #2 - An overview of Local, State and Federal Permit Requirements - virtual
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program - virtual
Friday, April 01, 2022 ALTERNATIVES TO BULKHEADS: Course #1 - General Concepts Related to Shorelines and Stabilization - self-paced training from April 1 - May 11
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Facilitation Basics for Coastal Managers - virtual
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats - in-person
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats - in-person
Thursday, February 24, 2022 Winter Tree and Shrub Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats - in-person
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials - 2nd day on 2/16 - virtual
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials - 2nd day on 2/17 - virtual
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 Coastal Adaptation Planning Essentials - virtual
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 How to Administer Development Permits in Washington’s Shorelines - virtual
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program - virtual
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 12/2)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington - virtual with field site visit (on 12/3)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 Navigating SEPA 2 - Conducting the Review – Checklists, Threshold Determination, Public Notice, Review and Commenting, and Appeals
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Navigating SEPA 1 - Overview and Applicability
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 10/7)
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 Eastern Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 10/7)
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual with field site visit (on 10/8)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 How to Conduct a Forage Fish Survey - virtual w/ an in-person field session (8:30am-12:00pm)
Thursday, August 05, 2021 Introduction to Ecology’s New Lead Agency SEPA Record Submittal Portal
Thursday, July 22, 2021 Introduction to Ecology’s New Lead Agency SEPA Record Submittal Portal
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Introduction to Ecology’s New Lead Agency SEPA Record Submittal Portal
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Western Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual w/ field option
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Eastern Washington: How to Determine the Ordinary High Water Mark - virtual w/ field option
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Planning Effective Projects for Coastal Communities - virtual
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program - virtual
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 How to Administer Development Permits in Washington’s Shorelines - virtual
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Navigating SEPA - Module 4: NonProject SEPA, Phased Review, Adopting Existing Documents
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Navigating SEPA - Module 3: Conducting an Environmental Impact Statement Process
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Navigating SEPA - Module 2: Conducting the Review – Checklists, Threshold Determination, Public Notice, Review and Commenting, and Appeals
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Navigating SEPA - Module 1: Overview and Applicability
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Coastal Adaptation Planning Essentials
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 RESERVED: Mailing address registration WRS (March 17-26)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014) in Western Washington
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Mailing Address Registration: RESERVED for registrants of Using the Washington State Wetland Rating System (March 3-12)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Winter Tree and Shrub Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 How to Plan and Facilitate an Engaging Virtual Meeting
Monday, December 07, 2020 Wetland Classification - virtual
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 How to Administer Development Permits in Washington’s Shorelines - virtual
Tuesday, November 03, 2020 Gaining Project Traction with Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Engagement - virtual
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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