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Contractor Re-certification Wetland Identification & Protection

Date: August 28, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Freeport, Freeport Town Hall Council Chambers, 30 Main Street, Freeport, Maine, 04032; followed by field trip to Wolfe's Neck Farm

Contact: Chris Brewer 207 892 4700

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Course Sponsor: Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
Cost: $50, morning refreshments are included in the cost of the training

Maine has over 5 million acres of freshwater wetlands, but in the lower 48 states, less than half of the original wetlands still exist and this decrease is due to filling and development of wetland areas. Although wetlands were commonly thought to have little value, we now understand wetlands are some of our most valuable natural resources, providing crucial wildlife and fisheries habitat, acting as flood barriers, and filtering harmful pollutants and sediment from surface water runoff. But activities in these crucial areas are causing their rapid degradation and, in some cases, destruction, producing significant economic and environmental impacts. Being able to recognize the characteristics of freshwater wetlands and understand regulations meant to protect them is important not only to know when permits are required but to understand the land use impacts that affect their functions. In this workshop, participants will learn the importance of wetlands, the services they provide, regulations pertaining to working in or near wetlands, and how to determine if an area is a wetland using criteria from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 - 9:00 The Importance of Protecting Wetlands - John Maclaine, Maine DEP Nonpoint Source Training Center
9:00 - 11:00 Identifying and Delineating Wetlands in Maine - Dave Rocque, State Soil Scientist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
10:15 - 10:30 Travel to Wolfe's Neck Farm for Field Trip
10:30 - 1:00 Site Walk: Recognizing and Identifying Wetlands at Wolfe's Neck Farm