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Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Course Code: EH0401CA15

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

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Date & Time

October 14-17, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

*This course is sold out! Please register for our next offering, which is scheduled for May 26-29, 2015.


Learn the methods of the experts! This four-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

Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises.

Features of Wetland Indicators
> Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydrophytic vegetation
> Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of hydric soil field indicators
> Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators

Prerequisite: Completion of Vegetation Identification for Delineating Wetlands is required prior to attending this course.

NOTE: This is not an introductory course. For an introductory course, please enroll in our Introduction to Wetland Identification course.

See what past attendees said about this course!


Required Textbook
Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping [ISBN 0873718925] Ralph W. Tiner - $85.00

Recommended Textbook
Munsell Soil Color Chart - $165.00

You may purchase either of these textbooks on your own or through our office with your registration. If you purchase them through our office, they will be given to you on the first day of the course.

Recertification Credits

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) - 5 Technical, 5 Management, 2 Government

Landscape Architects (NY) - 14 hr CL; 18.5 hr EA

Land Surveyors (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 24 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - Pending

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 Wetland Delineation are still pending.

Certified Wildlife Biologists: The Wildlife Society allows a maximum of 24 contact hours in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands short course.

raplph tiner, wetlands instructor

Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has 40 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.

Peter Veneman, Ph.D. is recognized nationally for his expertise in hydric soils identification and wetland delineation. He has written prolifically about wetland soils and their formation, and co-authored Hydric Soils of New England with Ralph Tiner. He is currently Professor of Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts.

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Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


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
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(Day 4 is held at a separate location. Further information will be provided with your registration.)

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 register for our next offering, which is scheduled for May 26-29, 2015.

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Attention U.S. Veterans:

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

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 Wetlands course. Participants must also complete the take-home exam with a score of 70% or better in order to earn the certificate. This nationally-recognized certificate program will demonstrate that you have completed extensive training in wetland delineation and give you an edge in the marketplace.

Past Students Reveal What They Learned in the Course

"I did not just give excellent ratings to the instructors because I want to look good. I truly felt that both instructors were attentive, knowledgeable, and understanding."
- Daniel P. Laue, Environmental Scientist

"I want to thank your office for actually offering these continuing education courses; they truly are one of a kind in the area, well worth the time and resources it takes to attend.  The professors are definitive experts in their related fields and are extremely enlightening.  I look forward to taking additional courses in the future."
Nicholas Ginther, Landscape Designer, DW Smith Associates, LLC

"I learned what the alphanumeric codes in a Munsell [soil color chart] mean and I know how to apply them now to determine soil chroma and value. The materials/tools that accompany the course proved very useful when applied in the field."
- A. Holly, Environmental Scientist

"Soil identification and its use in wetland delineation."
- J. Mabus, Biologist

"Good emphasis on plant sampling techniques to determine dominance."
- S. Lacy, Environmental Scientist

"How to justify the wetland line."
- T. D'Angelo, Environmental Consultant

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