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Wetlands Program Area Coordinator and Instructor Ralph Tiner

Wetland Course Instructor Ralph TinerRalph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has over 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.

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.

Comments About Ralph Tiner

 "Interacted well with students and answered questions efficiently."
"Smart and interesting … gave a semester of information in one day!"
"Mr. Wetland – Excellent!"
"Knew what he taught to high level – made learning fun!"
"Excellent instructor with knowledge and [a] great sense of humor."
"He really knows his stuff!"
"Very interesting, easy to follow and kept my attention."
"Ralph is great because he is very knowledgeable and he is able to tie instruction in with a sense of humor. It is not a dry class. Further, he is good with students, he is approachable and seems happy to answer any and all questions."

Introduction to Wetland Identification

"Good general knowledge for one day course."
" …what needed to be addressed yet … advanced information to keep you on your toes and wanting to move forward."
"Excellent for my work duties."
"It is good to have an understanding of wetland vegetation and hydric soils if you work in land development, it's not just for wetland specialists."
"This course is great for someone who is looking for a 'wetlands refresher course' or someone who is just starting out. It gives a synopsis of key things you would need to know for getting started with working in/ with wetlands."
"Great overall intro class!"
"I liked everything about this course!"
"Excellent introduction to wetlands"

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

"The information in the binder will not only assist me to better perform my job, but will also be useful to my colleagues."
"Fun and educational! I am more confident with wetland and upland logs."
"Good course for beginners … very in-depth."
"The classroom instructions was very thorough, field instruction has given me the means to perform wetland delineations."
"Great job once again!"
"Great demonstrations and field exercises. Good group organization."
"Very well put together and informative. [The] instructors' initial set back approach was great!"
"Great way to learn."
"Now I will be able to go out and delineate wetlands – from plants to soils to hydrology!"
"The most valuable and beneficial continuing education I have taken so far …"
"Excellent content and instructors."
"Wow, plethoric information! Thanks!"
"...Ralph’s love for the whole process/methodology … contagious!"
"Great class. I might even like to take it again as a refresher in a few years."
"It was absolutely necessary to get dirty and feel the different consistencies of the soils and see the soil horizons, textures, structures, colors. The repetition of plant IDs is super helpful!"

Other Wetlands Classes Offered at Rutgers

Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants

Identification of Wetland Plants in Winter

Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation (North and South Sessions)

Wetland Construction: Principles, Planning and Design