Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Registration Eligibility
Open to the public
Start Date
06/12/2018
End Date
06/15/2018
Description
Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual. Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises.

Features of Wetland Indicators

• Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydrophytic vegetation

• Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of hydric soil field indicators

• Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators

Day 1 – Ralph Tiner
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Introduction, Course Objectives, Wetland Concept and Definitions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Wetland Hydrology and Hydrology Indicators
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hydrophytic Vegetation
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Vegetation Sampling and Hydrophytic Vegetation Indicators
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercises (Somerset County Environmental Education Center)

Evening Homework: Areal cover estimating, determining dominant species (50/20 rule) and hydrophytic vegetation, applying the FAC neutral test, and species-area curve exercise.

Day 2 – Mallory Gilbert
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Overview of Soil Formation and Basic Properties (Horizons, colors, textures, and structure)
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Introduction to Hydric Soils
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Hydric Soils (continued)
12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hydric Soils (concluded)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Exercises (soil texture by feel)

Evening Homework: Making hydric v. nonhydric soil determinations from soil descriptions

Day 3 – Mallory Gilbert and Ralph Tiner
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Review homework
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Soil Classification/Orders
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Interpreting Hydric Soils from Soil Classification Nomenclature
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Overview of Wetland Delineation Methods
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wetland Delineation Exercises (Great Swamp Somerset County Environmental Education Center and National Wildlife Refuge)

Evening Homework: Areal cover estimating, determining dominant species (50/20 rule) and hydrophytic vegetation, and applying the FAC neutral test.

Day 4 – Mallory Gilbert and Ralph Tiner
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Review Homework from Day 1
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Problem Wetlands and Difficult Field Situations
9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Field Exercise (Assunpink Wildlife Mgmt Area)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Field Exercise (Colliers Mills State Wildlife Management Area)

Take-Home Exam: Complete within 4 weeks.
Location
Basking Ridge, NJ
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
32.0
Learning Outcomes
Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydophytic vegetation
Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of Hydric Soil Field Indicators
Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators
Instructors
Ralph Tiner, Mallory Gilbert
Website Registration
Course Codes
EH0401CB18
Provider
Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education


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