Previous NHANRS Workshops and Events

2017 Workshops and Meetings

January – 2017 Annual Meeting – Grappone Center, Concord, NH
View Annual Meeting reports and presentations

April – Vernal Pool Documentation Workshop – New England Antioch University, Keene, NH 

This workshop focused on methods to identify amphibian larvae and major aquatic invertebrate groups associated with vernal pools. The workshop included classroom time using microscopes and appropriate keys to identify preserved amphibian larvae and invertebrates and time in the field focusing on field methods for identification of amphibian and aquatic invertebrates.

June – Soil Color and Soil Texture Workshop – Stoney Ridge Farm, Alton, NH

This workshop, presented by Karen Dudley and Pete Whitcomb provided an in depth introduction and/or review of basic soil characteristics. From the workshop description, “Begin to understand the soil characteristics and how they affect what and where you delineate. Become aware of where you are in the landscape and the plant communities around you. Learn how to use the USDA-NRCS Official Series Descriptions. Learn and/or sharpen your texturing skills which are important to using the Hydric Soil Key. Understand how the Munsell Color charts are set up and what the basic trends are. Instructors will present methods that meet certification and regulatory standards for soil scientists, wetland scientists, sub-surface soil inspectors and others.”

June – Spring Quarterly Meeting - Climate Change: Tools from the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup at the Common Man, Concord

The evening’s program was presented by Steve Miller, the Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and co-chair of the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW). CAW is made up of 24 federal, state and local agencies and organizations  who provide resources and technical guidance to enhance readiness and resilience.  Their mission is to assist communities in the coastal watershed to prepare for the impact of extreme weather and long-term climate change.

Review Steve’s Presentation – Climate Change- Tools from the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup

 June – Soil Mapping Workshop - Introduction to Version 4: Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England at the NH DES and Broken Ground Trails, Concord, NH 

This workshop, presented by James Gove and Thomas Peragallo provided instruction in the Version 4: Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England. The morning was an overview of the basics of the new Version 4 Hydric Soil Indicators and an explanation of why the new indicators were necessary. The afternoon was in the field where participants were able to review the new indicators at various stations that were be manned by seasoned NH Certified Soil Scientists.

August – Rapid Macro-invertebrate Assessment for Stream and Watershed Health, sponsored by NHANRS and Antioch University New England at Antioch University, New England, Keene, NH 

Presented by Michael Simpson, CWS in NH, participants were introduced to a rapid assessment methodology for collecting and categorizing stream macro-invertebrates. The data collected can be used to establish biomonitoring reference stream reaches based on composition of macro-invertebrate feeding behavior groups, as well as providing indications of impact from pollutants. Lab microscope work was used to introduce examples of macro-invertebrate feeding groups. Afternoon field work introduced field macro-invertebrate collection and classification of a stream reach on the Upper Ashuelot River.

September - Herpetology Basics with an Emphasis on the Reptiles of Southern New Hampshire, at the Odd Fellows Hall, Epsom, NH and Bear Brook State Park. Presented by Jim Andrews, this workshop provided an overview of the biology and distribution of the six State-listed reptiles, two State-listed amphibians, and five additional Herps of Special Concern, and the development and maintenance practices that can avoid and minimize impacts to them.

2016 Workshops and Meetings

July - Natural Plant Communities and Systems in New Hampshire Workshop – Brentwood Community Center, Brentwood, NH

This workshop introduced the concept of natural community and system classification in New Hampshire, with afternoon field visits to two distinct exemplary wetland systems: a coastal conifer peat swamp and a medium level fen.

September - Wetland Delineation & Jurisdiction in Agricultural Settings -NH DES, Concord, NH and State Farm, Concord, NH

Some of our toughest wetland delineations are in agricultural settings. These challenging sites not only test our delineation skills but they also confuse and puzzle us when it comes to the regulatory side of things. This workshop asked and answered many of the questions that make this a confusing and interesting topic.

September - Tracking Workshop with George Leoniak – Epsom, NH

This workshop focused on wildlife tracking and improvement of tracking skills and knowledge. The workshop location offered a variety of muddy and sandy substrates where tracks from a variety of species are typically present.

October – Introduction to Version 4: Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England – NHDES, Concord, NH

This workshop reviewed the basics of the new (draft) Version 4 Hydric Soil Indicators and provided an explanation of why the new indicators were necessary. The afternoon session, reviewed the new indicators in the field at stations manned by seasoned NH Certified Soil Scientists.

October – Fall Quarterly Meeting – Beyond Reproach: Ethics for Government Entities and Those Who Appear Before Them – Common Man, Concord

Richard (Dick) McCaffrey, the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s Enforcement Counsel, spoke on State of New Hampshire statutes governing ethics, financial disclosure and confidentiality for state employees. View presentation.

December – Winter Botany Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

Presented by Bill Kuriger, our ever popular Winter Botany Workshop provided a thorough review of botanical morphology during the winter, training in the use of the dichotomous key and hands-on experience with dozens of samples in the classroom and in the field.

December – Winter Quarterly Meeting – Corp of Engineers Updates: New England District Compensation Mitigation Guidance – Common Man, Concord

Paul Minkin, of the Regulatory Division of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Resource Section, spoke on the most recent periodic update – completed in September, 2016 – of the NE District of S Army Corps of Engineers Compensatory Mitigation Guidance. View his presentation here.  Please note that there was a problem with the notation for the footnotes in the tables and the original tables in the written document should be consulted for accurate footnotes.

2015 Workshops 

March – Wildlife Corridors Workshop – City Hall, Lebanon, NH

This workshop covered the basic concepts of wildlife corridors and the various models that have been employed to locate and evaluate wildlife corridors in New Hampshire.

May – Vernal Pools Workshop – NEC, Henniker, NH

This workshop focused on methods to identify amphibian larvae and major aquatic invertebrate groups associated with vernal pools.

August – Soil Mapping Workshop – NHDES, Concord, NH

This workshop provided instruction in the principles, process and techniques of soil mapping.

September – Clean Water Rule Workshop – NHDES, Concord, NH

This presentation explained the framework and process by which federal jurisdiction is determined under the Clean Water Act and walked through the nuts and bolts of this new regulation.

September – GIS Workshop – NHF&G, Concord, NH

This workshop was an introduction to the basics of geographic information system (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). 

October – Coastal Wetlands Conference 2015 – Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

This conference included four presentations on a wide variety of research topics regarding New England coastal wetlands.

December – Winter Botany Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

Our ever popular Winter Botany Workshop provided a thorough review of botanical morphology during the winter, training in the use of the dichotomous key and hands-on experience with dozens of samples in the classroom and in the field.

2014 Workshops

April – NHDES Wetlands Rules Spring Listening Session – NH Audubon Center, Concord, NH

This meeting gave members an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and submit comments and suggestions to the NHDES Wetlands Bureau for the comprehensive re-write and organization of the wetlands rules.

May – Basics of Wetlands, Floodplains & Wetland Delineations Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

This workshop was an in depth introduction and review of NH wetlands and the principles of wetland delineations with a morning classroom session and observations outdoors in the afternoon.

May – Modern Photointerpretation for Wetland Identification & Classification Workshop – Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

This workshop consisted of a morning session in PSU’s environmental computer lab which provided an introduction to photointerpretation and an outdoor session with each student’s photointerpreted wetland map.

August – Forest Communities in New Hampshire – UNH, Durham, NH

This workshop, which included presentations by eight professionals, focused on natural forest communities in NH and discussed the interaction between forest composition, soils, wildlife habitat and invasive species.

September – Grasses of the Northeast Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

This workshop, presented twice because of demand, include detailed examination of samples using microscopes of various grass tribes and genera.

November – Back to Basics Soils Workshop – NHDES, Concord, NH

This workshop provided instruction in the basics of professional soil description and discussion of the NHDES rules and the Web Soil Survey.

December – Winter Botany Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

Our ever popular Winter Botany Workshop, held twice to accommodate demand, provided a thorough review of botanical morphology during the winter, training in the use of the dichotomous key and hands-on experience with dozens of samples in the classroom and in the field.

2013 Workshops

May – Watershed Ecology Workshop – Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, N. Woodstock, NH

This workshop highlighted current research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, a major center for watershed and hydrology research in New England since 1955.

June – Wetland Delineation Workshop – NH Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

This workshop was a review of the principles outlined in Chapter 5, Difficult Wetland Situations, of the USACE Interim Regional Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Region.

August – Soil Mapping Workshop – Strafford County Courthouse, Dover, NH

This workshop provided instruction in the principles, process and techniques of soil mapping, including an overview of Site Specific and High Intensity Soil Surveys and their supporting reports.

October – Coastal Wetlands Conference 2013 – Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

This conference included eight presentations on a wide variety of research topics regarding New England coastal wetlands.

December – Winter Botany Workshop – Conservation Center, Concord, NH

This workshop consisted of classroom training in botany and the use of a dichotomous key, and field training of major botanical families found in the northeast.

In addition to our annual meeting, held in the winter, NHANRS also holds three evening quarterly meetings in May, September, and December. Quarterly meetings include dinner followed by an educational presentation; CEUs are available.