Protecting Waters in a Time of Rapid Change
We invite you to join us for NAWM’s (formerly ASWM)Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting, to be held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) from August 15-19, 2022. The purpose of this annual meeting is to support state and tribal wetland program managers, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. Although we are currently scheduled to be at the NCTC, we will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic very closely and will follow all federal guidelines and mandates related to the pandemic. If circumstances require it, we will shift the meeting to a fully virtual format.
August 15-19, 2022
National Conservation Training Center
Agenda is posted here. (8/12/22 - PDF)
Meeting Materials (9/7/22)
NAWM is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for the annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination (STFC) Meeting. All individuals participating in any in-person aspect of the Annual Meeting are required to follow the policies of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). We will continue to revise our procedures as needed to reflect the current state of the pandemic. Anyone who refuses to follow NCTC COVID-19 protocols and requirements will be required to leave the facility immediately and will not receive a refund for any expenses incurred by attending NAWM’s Annual Meeting. NAWM cannot, however, guarantee that NAWM staff, board members or other in-person attendees at this meeting will not become infected with COVID-19. Read more here.
NCTC COVID POLCY (Updated 8/9/22)
Reminder: Only participants/instructors are allowed on campus at this time.
The NCTC is committed to the safety of everyone involved in our trainings and meetings. Please read below to understand the policies we have in place to manage operations with your safety in mind.
Please do not travel if at any time within 10 days of your meeting or course if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have been ill with COVID-19. If you experience any of the aforementioned conditions within 10 days of your meeting or course, please contact me to cancel your enrollment.
Before you travel to ANY NCTC course:
- Prepare to be flexible.
- Review CDC Travel Guidance: What you need to know before you travel.
- Pack the following:
- Face masks (these will be required if NCTC’s status is orange)
- Alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
- Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol)
- Rapid tests (rapid tests are available from the NCTC nurse)
- Decongestant/cough suppressant/fever reducing medicines
- Remember safety first. NCTC reserves the right to cancel or postpone a meeting or class at any time before or during the course as needed to keep participants safe.
Current Vaccination and Masking Information:
The NCTC follows CDC’s mask guidance and agency protocols for in-person gatherings, based on COVID-19 community-level risk metrics that consider local hospitalization and intensive care capacity and transmission rates. The community level for the Jefferson County, West Virginia may be found by searching here. The current community level is communicated on signage throughout campus, and may change immediately prior to or during your meeting or course, so please be prepared for changing conditions and requirements, including universal masking.
Based on the current community level, the NCTC will be following the protocols for in-person meetings, courses, or events listed in the table found on the NCTC COVID-19 information page. When the community level is yellow or orange, all attendees at NCTC courses or events will be provided with a vaccination attestation form with their registration materials upon arrival. Attendees who are not fully vaccinated or who decline to attest to their vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days prior to entering the event, if asked. Please plan accordingly. Masks are required in ANY shared vehicle regardless of community level (busses, shuttles, government vehicles, etc.).
If you become ill while on campus:
If you begin to experience COVID-related symptoms while on campus your first step is to quarantine by remaining in your room and following all quarantine and isolation protocols developed by the CDC. Please ensure you bring enough personal clothing and supplies (e.g., prescription medications) to last through a complete isolation period (up to ten days if symptoms persist), just in case you are infected with COVID-19 while you are visiting.
Next you should:
- Inform your Course Leader or event coordinator and your supervisor.
- Schedule a visit with the NCTC nurse (extension 7880, ).
- Follow CDC guidance for what to do if sick.
- The NCTC can assist COVID-19 positive individuals unable to travel by providing quarantine lodging space, as needed.
THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION TRAINING CENTER
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: 877-706-6282 or 304-876-7900
The National Conservation Training Center, or frequently referred to as NCTC, is located just 60 miles or just over 1 hour outside the Washington DC metropolitan beltway. They are part of the Shepherdstown, West Virginia community also known for the nearby state university just down the road. They are located closest to the Washington Dulles International Airport, but many customers also use Baltimore/Washington International and Reagan National (DC) Airport.
Directions to NCTC ~ Maps ~ Shuttle Service ~ Facility
Directions to NCTC
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Shuttle Service is available for arrivals from Dulles Airport to NCTC on Sunday, August 14th at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Then from NCTC to Dulles Airport on Friday, August 19th at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $100 for one way or round trip. You may reserve a time for the shuttle when making your room reservation.
Carpool Sign Up: Looking for a ride or can offer a colleague a ride, please sign up here.
Google Maps: Mapping websites have a difficult time locating NCTC using their mailing address. However, Google Maps will show you how to get to the NCTC entrance via 100 Col Shepherd Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, USA.
General Information: Phone, Hours, Dining, Day Care, Service, Gym
NCTC: Points of Interest, USFWS Conservation Library, USFWS Conservation Museum and Archives, Vallen Comrades Memorial Wall, Elm Grove Overlook, Butterfly Garden
Facility Activities: Birding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Running, and Photography
Things to Do in Shepherdstown
Shepherdstown Visitors Center
Jefferson County WV Chamber of Commerce
Berkeley County WV Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events
For more local activities, visit the Friends of NCTC website.
Recreation, Entertainment, Attractions
Antiques and Flea Markets
Cress Creek Country Club
Morgan's Grove Park
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Potomac Valley Audubon Society
Shepherdstown Music and Dance
The Shepherdstown Opera House
Upper Potomac Music Weekends
Yankauer Nature Preserve
Washington Heritage Trail
A complete list of things to do in Shepherdstown, can be found here.
Marla Stelk, Executive Director
National Association of Wetland Managers
Laura Burchill, Office Manager
National Association of Wetland Managers
500 Washington Avenue, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04103
(207) 892-3399; Fax: (207) 894-7992;