Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day combination classroom and field course will teach you how to quickly and confidently identify plant species that are important in determining if an area meets the hydrophytic vegetation criterion for wetland delineation, focusing on ID characteristics. Learn basic plant ID groups, basic plant morphology and some basic botanical terminology.
This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors.
Introduction to Plant Identification and Wetland Plant Indicator Statuses
Use of keys in the field
Plant Names, Plant Groups, General Plant Morphology
Certified Public Works Managers - 5 Technical, 5 Management
Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - Pending
Landscape Architects (NY) - 4 hr CL; 10 hr EA
Land Surveyors (NY) - 12 hours
Professional Engineers (NY) - 12 hours
Professional Engineers (NJ) - 12 Continuing Professional Competency Credits
SAF (Society of American Foresters) - Pending
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). CEs for Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North
are still pending.
For the latest credit information, please call 732-932-9271 ext. 643.
Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has 30 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and has written extensively on the subject. He has written 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 Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping.
Please note that the textbooks for this course have changed.
There are 2 Required Textbooks for this Course:
1. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide [ISBN 0316604429] Lawrence Newcomb - $25 (You may purchase the above textbook on your own or through our office with your registration.)
2. Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identification by R.W. Tiner - $50 (This textbook is only available through our office.)
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.
Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 Directions and Map
(Day 2 is held at a separate location. Further information will be provided in your registration packet.)
Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
*This course is sold out! Please consider registering for our Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South class on September 10-11, 2015.
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"It was very hands on. Able to practice keying out different species. Definitely helped me improve my skills with keying out different species. Was able to become more familiarized with some trees."
- Jen Reed, Ecologist
"Hands-on. This could be a challenge to those who are rusty or new but there are some key points that you will remember."
- Christina Frauk, Environmental Scientist
"Excellent. [Appreciated] learning minute difference[s] between very similar species."
- Brian Yades, Environmental Scientist
Jump-Start Your Career with a Rutgers Certificate!
Promote your education and experience in wetland plant identification and delineation -- earn the nationally recognized Rutgers Wetland Delineation Certificate today! The certificate program consists of 6 days of training: our 2-day Vegetation Identification course and our 4- day Methodology of Delineating Wetlandscourse. Participants must also complete the take-home exam with a score of 70% or better in order to earn the certificate. NOTE: We require that you complete Vegetation Identification prior to attending the 4-day Methodology of Delineating Wetlands class.