Wetlands can be an important development issue for certain properties near lakes, rivers, and the Sound. You can become very knowledgeable about wetlands by participating in the following course:

A Wetlands Class is being offered by the Washington State University Thurston County Extension and the Water Resource Program as an accredited 15 clock hour Wetlands class on Wednesday April 13 and Thursday April 14, 2011. The class will be held in Shelton, WA at the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center. The class is certified for agents, brokers, Realtors, appraisers, planners, developers, and homeowners.

Participants will learn why wetlands are important, how they are identified, and their values and functions to society during this two-day course. Regulations involved when buying or selling properties with wetlands are discussed, as well as working with consultants, and the role of land trusts regarding wetland properties. A field trip to a local wetland reinforces classroom instruction.

Speakers include professionals from the WA Department of Ecology, People for Puget Sound, Thurston County Long Range Planning, Capitol Land Trust, and WSU Extension.

Lunch, morning refreshments, clock hour certificate and course materials for all days are included in the $180 fee. The general public is invited for $130 (no clock hours).

For further information or to register call WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2167 with credit card information or a check, or contact Brian Stafki at

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