Forested Wetland Soil Workshops

NOTE: There are two different workshops being offered - Sessions for Connecticut Foresters and Wetland Commissions are on either August 14 OR 15th and a session for SSSSNE, NRCS, TSP, District, etc. is on August 16th (this session will have different topics presented). All sessions begin at 8:30 AM and run until 4:30 PM.

Workshop Location: W.B. Young Building – Room 100 (first floor), UConn, Storrs, CT (https://maps.uconn.edu/m/map/YNG )

Workshop Fee: $40.00 per participant (includes morning coffee/refreshment, box lunch, and 2.5 CT Forest Practitioner CEUs)

Workshop Registration: Workshop registration must be received by August 1, 2018 to register click here (payment is by PayPal/Credit Card link below):
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Workshop Payment: Use our Paypal or Credit Card button below to pay for the workshop, enter $40 and the number of people registered to proceed. A confirmation email will be sent prior to the workshop with information.

You will receive a registration confirmation and parking instructions by email. cancellations will not be accepted and therefore no refunds will be issued.  If you are unable to attend the program you may find a replacement for your reserved seat.  Please contact Debbie Surabian at (860) 871-4042 or debbie.surabian@ct.usda.gov with the name of the substitution. Each workshop date will be limited to 60 participants. Registrations will be processed in the order received to ensure room capacity is not exceeded.  
 
Dress for field/weather conditions. Program sponsors reserve the right to adjust the agenda to accommodate weather or safety concerns.  The field component of the workshop will involve walking on rough, uneven ground. Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Debbie Surabian (860) 871-4042 debbie.surabian@ct.usda.gov.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Division of Forestry and Wetlands Management Section, and the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England (SSSSNE) are hosting a workshop for forest practitioners and municipal inland wetlands agencies.
 
Forestry practices occur in virtually every municipality and frequently require the use of heavy equipment in and around wetlands or watercourses. Connecticut’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act defines an inland wetland based on soil. This law also states that some forestry activities that are likely to impact or affect inland wetlands or watercourses require a permit, while other activities do not. Municipal inland wetlands agencies are legally entitled to review a proposed forestry operation to make this determination. When planning, ruling on, or executing forestry operations best management practices (BMPs) need to be considered.  These include stream crossing techniques, erosion control measures, and seasonal practices.
 

This all-day workshop will consist of a series of morning presentations and activities covering: introduction to soils, ecological site descriptions, online planning tools such as LIDAR imagery, CTECO mapping and the Web Soil Survey, and responsibilities under the CT Forest Practices Act and the CT Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act. A site visit to a forest operation will be conducted in the afternoon, allowing participants to view, among other things, soil profiles and stream crossing measures. The program will conclude in the classroom.  2.5 CT Forest Practitioner CEUs will be awarded following completion of the workshop. Registration is required