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Course Name: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
Course Code: EH0401YB23
Virtual Classroom Session: June 7, 2023; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EDT (Log-in time: 8:15 am EDT)
In Person Field Trip: Two days to be scheduled during the week of June 12, 2023 (exact dates TBD)
Registration Fee: $1,250 per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $1,175 per person (expires May 24, 2023)
Wetland Certificate Series Discount Fee: $1,125 per person (must also register for Vegetation Identification North or South and Hydric Soils)
Registration closes: May 31, 2023
Location: Online plus field trips to:
Somerset County Environmental Education Center – Lord Stirling Park, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 (Directions & Map)
Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center, 238 Route 539, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 (Directions & Map)
Format: Hybrid course; Virtual classroom session with in-person field trip
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This class is part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Program.
Learn the methods for identifying wetlands from the experts! Using your skills developed from our plant identification North or South and Hydric Soil courses, this three-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual and the Regional Supplements for the Northcentral-Northeast Region and the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain.
Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them in combination with hydric soil indicators to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual. You will apply the procedures and indicators covered in the online class session to perform wetland determinations during two days of field exercises.
- Vegetation: Analyze plant communities, identify dominant plants, and determine the presence or absence of hydrophytic vegetation
- Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators of wetland hydrology
NOTE: While the Corps Regional Supplements for the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Northeast-Northcentral Regions will not be the focus of this course, comparable indicators of hydrophytic vegetation and wetland hydrology will be presented and discussed. Both the Federal Interagency Manual and the Corps Regional Supplements utilize the 50/20 Rule for identifying dominant species to be used to determine whether the plant community is a positive indicator for hydrophytic vegetation.
PREREQUISITES: If you are planning to earn the Wetland Delineation Certificate, completion of Vegetation Identification North or South and Hydric Soils is required prior to attending this course. Regardless, it is essential that participating students have sufficient knowledge of plant identification (use of field guides) and hydric soil recognition to be able to successfully complete field exercises in wetland delineation as they are vital skills for this type of work.
Please be advised that this is not an introductory course. For an introductory course, please enroll in our Introduction to Wetland Identification course.
Who Should Attend?
This class is intended for professionals with prior knowledge of plant identification and hydric soil recognition who are interested in learning how to delineate wetlands. Past participants have included:
- Biologists and Ecologists
- Environmental Scientists and Consultants
- Landscape Architects
- Landscape Designers
- Land Surveyors
- Land Use Professionals
- Project Managers
- Natural Resources Specialists
- Stormwater Specialists
- Wetlands Specialists and Wetland Scientists
- Wildlife Field Technicians
Meet Your Instructors
Mallory N. Gilbert, CPSS; PWS, Emeritus; CPESC, Retired; LtCol USAF, Retired
Mal has been a private consultant since 1986 and has more than forty-years of professional experience in plant sciences, natural resources management, and wetland and soil sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Forestry Facilities Design (1972) and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy/Soil Physics (1975), both from the University of Connecticut. Mal has authored numerous environmental reports, publications, and regulations for a variety of state, federal, and private organizations. In addition, he has worked as a contributing scientist contractor for the former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Mississippi and the U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service.
Read More About Mal Gilbert
Mal has edited and published The Land Judging Guide for Vermont (third and fourth editions), has authored portions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Laboratory Engineer Research and Development Center, Wetlands Research Program: Wetlands Engineering Handbook (ERDC/EL TR-WRP-RE-2), is a contributing author and editor of Wetland Mitigation: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation and Soils for Constructed Wetlands by Gary J. Pierce, and has also served on the peer review panel for the “Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Regions.”
Mal completed his tenure as an appointed Board Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), International in 2017, having served three-years as the SWS Awards Committee Chair. He has also served as an Executive Board Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP), as SWSPCP President Elect (2007-2008), President (2008-2009), Immediate Past President (2009-2010), and as Ethics Committee Chair for the SWSPCP (2011-2016). He continues to serve the SWSPCP as a Member of the Professional Certification Renewal Committee. In 2019, Mal was honored with the SWSPCP’s R. Harold Jones Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements as a professional wetland scientist.
Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A., SWS Fellow
Ralph Tiner has more than 40 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and is a nationally recognized authority in the field. He recently retired from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he directed wetland mapping in the Northeast United States as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI). He is a nationally recognized expert on wetland delineation and has been actively involved in improving wetland delineation techniques for decades. In addition, he was compiler and principal author of the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which was published in 1989 and is the standard for identifying and delineating wetlands in New Jersey.
Read More About Ralph Tiner
Ralph has written extensively on the subject of wetlands and is the author of several field guides including: Field Guide to Non-tidal Wetland Identification, Maine Wetlands and Their Boundaries, A Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern United States, and In Search of Swampland, as well as an update of the Wetland Indicators book entitled Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Formation, Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping. His most recent books are: Tidal Wetlands Primer: An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation and Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances (for which he is senior editor and authored several chapters).
In addition to writing about wetlands, he has been teaching wetland identification and delineation courses through the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Office since the mid-1980s.
“Even though a lot of material is covered in a short amount of time, Mal and Ralph do a great job of teaching a comprehensive course.”
– Past Participant
“I just wanted to compliment Rutgers on such an excellent course: the professionals, the location, and the knowledge. It was fantastic and I truly enjoyed learning all of the ‘science’ and methodology behind what I have been taught to do over the past three (3) decades. I can’t tell you how many ‘light bulbs’ went off in my brain as I absorbed as much as I could. This is a course that I will be certainly recommending to others in the future. Well done.”
– Barbara Wolley-Dillon, Borough of Mantoloking
Most useful aspect of the course: “Quality of the information provided in regards to performing delineations accurately and quickly.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course is approved for 2.4 Rutgers CEUs, as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 5 Technical, 5 Management, 2 Government Contact Hours
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for Methodology for Delineating Wetlands are still pending.
NJ Landscape Architects: Pending
NJ Professional Engineers/Land Surveyors: 24 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits
NY Landscape Architects: 14 hr CL; 18.5 hr EA
NY Professional Engineers/Land Surveyors: 12 hours
Society of American Foresters: Pending
Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP): Pending
The Wildlife Society: Pending
Course Requirements and Policies
Required and Recommended Textbooks
The following textbook is required. You may purchase it on your own or through our office with your registration.
- Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Formation, Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping / Edition 2 (ISBN 9781439853696) by Ralph W. Tiner – $130.00
The following textbook is strongly recommended. You may purchase it on your own.
- Munsell Soil Color Chart
This online portion of this course will be delivered via the Rutgers Canvas learning management system. After you register, you will receive an email from “Rutgers University Canvas” prompting you to click a link to finish setting up your Canvas account. If you do not see this message in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder.
Please log into class 15 minutes before start time (at 8:15 am) for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 8:30 am.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class.
- Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call-in option is available.
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- If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.
- If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:
- Your full name
- The shared email address that needs to be changed
- Your unique email address
- A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions
Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $100 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
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