Introduction to Wetland Identification

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Virtually all activities conducted in and around wetlands are regulated – from excavating underground storage tanks to soil compaction for paving a driveway or patio to pruning of overgrown vegetation – and violators are subject to hefty penalties and fines from the NJ-DEP.

Knowing if a wetland is on your property or a site on which you work is incredibly important! But how do you determine if a wetland is present?

Why not educate yourself? Take our class to get the basic tools you need to identify a wetland's presence. Once you make a determination, you will know if you need to go further and hire an environmental professional to evaluate the site and assist you with the permit process.

In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn:

• Why wetlands are important
• How they differ
• What indicators are used for wetland identification
• About the current regulations in New Jersey

You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You'll even get a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day!

For those interested in advancing their wetland knowledge, this course will provide the essential background material needed for further study in the step-by-step regulatory and delineation techniques covered in the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course.

Featured Topics

• Wetland Definitions and Concepts
• Wetland Functions and Values
• Introduction to Wetland Regulations
• Wetland Hydrology Indicators
• Wetland Vegetation – Hydrophytic Plant Indicators
• Wetland Soils – Soil Colors, Hydric Soil Indicators
• Wetland Types – Wetland Classification, Wetland Maps
• Review of Wetland Plant Characteristics
• Field Exercises: wetland plant identification, hydric soil recognition, wetland hydrology indicators, wetland delineation
Basking Ridge, NJ
Distance Learning
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Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Learn the basics of wetland identification and gain an introduction to the practice of wetland delineation.

Obtain the essential background material needed for further study in the field of wetland delineation, including an understanding of a wetland's values and functions.

Review the skills you need to begin to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries, such as wetland vegetation and types.
Ralph Tiner
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Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education

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