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Learn more about wetlands in Washington through guides, videos, webinars, and classes.
Wetlands 101 is a four-part video series for local government planners, especially those working in small jurisdictions with no technical wetland support staff. The series is intended to provide the basic tools that planners need to:
For each wetland indicator such as hydrology, soils, and vegetation, we also discuss how to review the corresponding portion of the wetland delineation form.
View our YouTube videos:
We are working to complete a hydric soils video. If you have questions about the video series, please contact Yolanda Holder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As time and resources allow, we host webinars on various wetland topics. We announce webinars on our Wetlands Information email listserv and we also post announcements on this page.
There are currently no webinars scheduled. See information on past webinars below.
A two-part series for local government planners, particularly those in small jurisdictions with no technical wetland support staff. It is intended to give planners the basic tools they need to be able to recognize a wetland, to assess whether a wetland delineation report provides adequate and accurate information, and to feel comfortable discussing wetlands with applicants and their consultants.
For each wetland indicator (hydrology, soils, vegetation), we discuss how to review the corresponding portion of the wetland delineation form.
*Important Note: The information in the slides and notes was developed to accompany the webinar. The information was current at the time of the March 2015 webinar.
On June 3, 2014, Ecology wetland staff hosted a one-hour webinar regarding the 2014 updates to the Washington State Wetland Rating Systems. This presentation provides information about integrating the updates into a Critical Areas Ordinance.
We offer courses on managing coastal, estuarine, and wetland resources through our Coastal Training Program. The program is coordinated by several agencies to provide practical, science-based training to professionals who make decisions about coastal management in Washington.
The program is administered through the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which we manage in partnership with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.
The Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Chapter occasionally offers training or workshops about wetlands and mitigation topics. Visit their events web page for information on upcoming classes.
Many Washingtonians want to help preserve, protect, or restore wetlands. We encourage this responsible wetland stewardship and have a couple of resources to help:
We encourage, support, and provide several resources to educate people of all ages about wetlands and their role in a healthy watershed. Understanding these connections is essential to preserving our remaining wetlands for people, fish, and other wildlife of Washington.