Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET) Training Course 

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Please check back in January 2018 for next year’s course schedule.

Course Overview

This course provides participants with a strong understanding of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool. Both on-line learning and hands-on field training from the creator of the wetland evaluation tool, Dr. Paul Adamus, are combined in this easily accessible course, to prepare you for the 2017 field season.

ABWRET Overview

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool is a standardized method for assessing the important natural functions of all types of wetlands present in Alberta.  Use of this method is a requirement through the Government of Alberta's Wetland Policy where Water Act approval is sought and wetlands will be permanently impacted.

A strong understanding of this tool is required at three sign-off points in the Water Act approval process for wetlands: at the pre-disturbance stage in the Wetland Assessment and Impact Report (WAIR), at the wetland restoration design stage in the Wetland Restoration Plan, and at the final verification stage in the Verification Report. 


The course instructor is the creator of ABWRET, Dr. Paul Adamus

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the context for using ABWRET (green and white areas)
  • Understanding the methods used to create ABWRET
  • Understanding the basic theory behind the four wetland function categories
  • In-depth understanding of ABWRET indicators and wetland functional models
  • Using the ABWRET-A Tool
  • Submitting and interpreting ABWRET-A Results

Course Format:

  • This course consists of eight 1 to 2 hour on-line modules and a one-day field training component.
  • On-line modules will be released two at a time starting April 1, 2017, through SALMTEC's on-line learning platform.
  • A one-day field training component will be scheduled for late June 2017.
  • On-line modules, including associated tests, must be completed before the field training day.

2017 Course Field Training Schedule:

Dates may be added, depending on course enrollment. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get placed on the waitlist.

Calgary Area:

    • Monday, June 26, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
    • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Edmonton Area: 

    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
    • Thursday, June 29, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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