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Introduction to Wetland Identification

ONLINE COURSE

Course Code: EH0102WA21

This course is eligible for continuing education credits toward the Society of Wetland Scientists’
Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) Certificate Program.

Introduction to Wetland Identification

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Date & Time

Last Held: November 16-17, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Next offering TBD

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO UPLOAD A PHOTO OF YOURSELF HOLDING YOUR GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID (passport, driver’s license, municipal, or county ID) BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE COURSE.

Description

Student Reviews

Mark Hood, Introduction to Wetland Identification Student

"Please thank Ralph Tiner for me. He gave the most informative, concise, and entertaining online presentation I've seen since COVID made everything go online."

- Mark Hood,
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Office of Environmental Planning

Student Reviews

Julie Hargrave, Introduction to Wetland Identification Student

"Dr. Tiner is a rockstar! The span of his knowledge, from soils to vegetation and regulations, is unparalleled. His expertise and generosity to share his understanding/experiences is a major draw for anyone interested in learning about wetlands."

- Julie Hargrave,
Principal Environmental Planner
Central Pine Barrens

Student Reviews

Rutgers University

[On Course Instructor Ralph Tiner]: "Ralph is the dude! Entertaining and excellent teacher. Ralph has a deep knowledge of wetlands and much more (is a joy to listen to)."

- Thomas D'Angelo,
Environmental Consultant

Student Reviews

Rutgers University

"Excellent hydric soil understanding [and] help with vegetation mapping. [Appreciated] simple, repeated focus on hydrophytic plants, hydric soil, hydrology indicators."

- Christina Kaunzinger,
Senior Ecologist

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 NJDEP.

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 online 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 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 you a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in two half-day sessions!

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

Meet the Instructor: Ralph Tiner

Recertification Credits

The November 16-17, 2020 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this wetland training course is approved for the following credits:

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 3 Technical, 3 Management

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES): Pending

NJ Landscape Architects: 7 hours

NY Landscape Architects: 4.0 hours CL; 2.5 hours EA

NJ Professional Engineer: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NY Professional Engineer/Land Surveyor: 6 PDHs

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: 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). Participants who complete this course will be awarded 6.0 CEs.

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Introduction to Wetland Identification has been pre-approved for 0.4 equivalent semester hours by the SWSPCP as meeting standards for content and instruction toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional Certification Renewal. Approval per course is calculated based upon 15 hours of contact time per credit. Click here for more information about the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP).

Society of American Foresters: 10 CFEs in Category 1

The Wildlife Society: 8 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program

Meet the Instructor

raplph tiner, wetlands instructorRalph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A., SWS Fellow 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.

Course Textbook

Included in your registration fee is the required course textbook - a $40 value!

In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide (Second Edition) [ISBN 0813525063], Ralph W. Tiner

Fees
Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

No meals will be provided with this course.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Rutgers Canvas learning management system. Registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Canvas prior to the course start date.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class
  • A microphone and speakers are not necessary as a call-in option is available

IMPORTANT: A UNIQUE EMAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED FOR EACH REGISTRANT TO ACCESS OUR ONLINE COURSES

  • 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 anyone else.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used a shared email address, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.

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Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703

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