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New version released of Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England 

The New England Hydric Soil Technical Committee (NEHSTC) has completed Version 4 of the Field Indicators for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England. This version supersedes older versions of the Indicators and is approved for use in New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island). This version is a working copy for wetland and soil scientists to use in the field for wetland ID and delineation. A copy will be published through the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in the fall of 2017. Learn more on the NEHSTC website.

2017 Student Research Grant Award 

To stimulate and support graduate and undergraduate research in wetland science, policy and management within the New England Chapter area.

Grant Award:
One award of up to $1,000 will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student submitting the best proposal for wetland-related research to be conducted in 2017. The grant will be awarded within 30 days of selection and formal acceptance by the awardee.

All research projects must be conducted in New England. Papers based on the funded research must acknowledge the support of SWS-New England. SWS-New England strongly encourages presentation of the results of this research at its Annual Chapter Meeting in the spring of 2018. In lieu of presentation, a report of the research results must be submitted by February 28, 2018. If this research is part of a larger project, partial results are acceptable.

The proposals will be reviewed by the Student Awards Committee of SWS-NE for relevance, clarity of hypotheses, suitability of methods, feasibility and qualifications of the applicant. All applicants will be notified of the decision no later than March 24, 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications must be received no later than March 10, 2017. All applications should be emailed in a single, consolidated document—pdf format—to the contacts listed below. See the application form for the required information.

Meredith Avery mavery@vhb.com 781-308-5317
Matt Schweisberg matt@wetlandsns.com 508-783-6026

Contact Meredith or Matt for more information.

Fall Newsletter - Oct 2015

The newly elected SWS New England Executive Board is hard at work organizing our chapter conference meeting for the spring, looking into informative and exciting workshops and field trips and finding ways to build the chapter membership through social media, student chapters and our new quarterly newsletter.

Check out our Fall chapter newsletter introducing the Board. You will also find articles from our student members as well as information on upcoming field trips.

Congratulations to our new 2015 board members

Thank you to those who participated in this year's election. A huge thank you as well to all of the nominees for your committment to SWS and the New England Chapter. To view the new board members, visit the leadership page

SWS 2015 Annual Meeting hosted by New England Chapter

The SWS New England Chapter was a proud host of the 2015 SWS Annual Meeting. This ground-breaking conference was held in Providence, Rhode Island and examined the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how wetlands provide climate adaptation services and how wetlands are being impacted by our changing climate. This meeting was very well attended - over 650 attendees gathered to share their research and love of wetlands. 

New England Chapter 2014 Technical Conference and Annual Meeting 

The SWS New England Chapter was reinvigorated with its 2014 Technical Conference and Annual Meeting held at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA on May 1. This meeting was well attended, with chapter members from a wide range of backgrounds, including government, academia and consulting. Click here to access meeting abstracts.

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