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MEREDA's "Treading Softly Around Vernal Pools" Breakfast Seminar - Auburn

February 28, 2008 - 7:30AM
to 11:00AM

Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn Riverwatch
14 Great Falls Plaza
Auburn, ME

About the Event:

A vernal pool is usually a shallow, natural depression in level ground, with no permanent above-ground outlet, that holds water seasonally. By definition, vernal pools are devoid of fish, and thus allow the safe development of natal amphibian and insect species.

The pools are dry most of the year and fill with the winter rains, reaching their peak in the spring. Once filled, they are full of life. The most obvious inhabitants are various species of frogs and toads. One of the best studied vernal pool habitats in the world is Frog Pond in Orono, Maine.

In 2006, Maine DEP revised its regulations to include standards for activities in and adjacent to Significant Vernal Pools, which take affect in September of 2007. How do you identify a vernal pool? Why are they important? How do you define “Significant”? How does the presence of a vernal pool and the new rules affect potential development? Make plans to attend this seminar and learn the answers to these questions and many more.

The Program:

MEREDA revisits the topic of vernal pools by hosting this third seminar in Auburn.

In addition to presenting the ecology, biology, and regulation viewpoints, this seminar adds the legal and engineering perspectives of how vernal pools can potentially impact a project or development.

We have allotted one full hour after the presentations for Q&A with the panelists. With new rules going into effect in September, you won’t want to miss this timely and informative event.

Join us on Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 7:30 - 11:00 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, ME

Event Schedule:

Registration and Breakfast   7:30 - 8:00 AM
Introduction   8:00 - 8:15 AM
Biology & Ecology of Vernal Pools   8:15 - 8:40 AM
Vernal Pool Regulations   8:40 - 9:05 AM
Break   9:05 - 9:10 AM
Legal Perspective   9:10 - 9:35 AM
Case Histories   9:35 - 10:00 AM
Panel Discussion   10:00 - 11:00 AM

Meet the Panelists:

Doug Stewart is a Principal Wetland Scientist and Ecologist with Stantec (formerly Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.) with 15 years of professional natural resource consulting experience throughout New England. Mr. Stewart specializes in a variety of landscape and site-specific habitat analyses including wetland, stream, and vernal pool assessments, wetland, vernal pool, and species-specific mitigation, ecological risk assessments for contaminated sites, and ecological restoration on anthropogenically altered sites. Mr. Stewart commonly conducts third-party project reviews, expert witness testimony on a variety of ecological issues, and teaches wetland, vernal pool, and ecological restoration courses.

Mike Mullen has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection since 1983 and he is currently the Enforcement and Field Services Unit Coordinator in the Division of Land Resource Regulation. His responsibilities include overseeing the Unit’s efforts in complaint response and resolution, and providing regulatory and technical assistance to the public for activities regulated due to their size or proximity to protected natural resources.

P. Andrew Hamilton is an attorney with Eaton Peabody and has more than 20 years experience in general environmental counseling and regulatory compliance, natural resource permitting, and land use permitting. He also serves as general counsel to several Maine municipalities. Mr. Hamilton is the Chair of the Environmental Law and Municipal Law practice groups at Eaton Peabody. His practice concentrates on environmental compliance counseling, and representing clients in proceedings under state and federal environmental laws.

Frederic (Rick) Licht is a Registered Professional Engineer and Licensed Site Evaluator in the State of Maine and has over 23 years of experience in site planning, civil engineering and local state and federal permitting processes. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1981. Mr. Licht is responsible for delivery of project management, civil engineering services, and permitting at all levels within the Portland, Maine office of Stantec. He was formerly with Land Use Consultants in Portland for 18 years where he was Vice President and Director of Engineering.

David Kamila, a Principal at Stantec’s Portland Office will act as Moderator.

Continuing Education Credits:

This course has been approved for three (3) hours of Legal & Broker Credits

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