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Wetland Delineation Course

July 15, 2014 - July 18, 2014

Wetland Delineation, JULY 15-18th, 2014

This course gives instruction on the three pillars of wetland delineation: hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and wetland hydrology. After a day of in class lecture, we spend two and a half days in the field delineating a variety of wetlands. A test on wetland delineation follows.

We are in our fourth year of presenting this course to members of government, NGOs, consultants and students (who get a 20% discount). For different reasons, all are united in needing to know where the wetland begins and ends.

Topics include:

Hydric soils:  What they are and how to recognize and describe them. This includes information on hydric soil indicators, use of Munsell soil colour charts, basic soil texture assessment, differences between hydric and upland soils, and being able to competently fill out a hydric soil field assessment form.

Hydrology:  The importance of hydrology in wetland formation and development and recognizing wetland hydrology indicators in the field.

Wetland Vegetation:  Application of knowledge gained in the wetland vegetation course, identification of wetland and upland plants, tests for hydrophytic plant dominance, and being able to competently fill out a vegetation field assessment form.

Field Trips:

Field trips will demonstrate how to approach wetland delineation; how to determine wetland boundaries based on vegetation, soils, and hydrology; how to fill out required field forms; and how to deal with problem and atypical sites. A test at the end of Day 4 will cover participants’ understanding of the delineation process and their ability to delineate wetland boundaries in the field.

For more information visit Fernhill Institute

To Register call or email Beth MacKenzie, KC Irving Environmental Science Centre, 585-1917.



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