1. To provide a review of wetland plant communities of South Jersey, emphasizing their dominant species.
2. To familiarize students with important diagnostic features used to separate plants into groups for field identification.
3. To use field guides to identify plants characteristic of freshwater wetlands in South Jersey.
4. To introduce students to some rare and uncommon plants found in wetlands of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Please Note: Tidal wetland plants are covered in a separate course: Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants.
This wetland vegetation identification course is designed for anyone who wants to gain experience identifying wetland plants, including:
- Ecologists and Biologists
- Environmental Scientists and Consultants
- Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers
- Land Surveyors
- Natural Resources Specialists
- Park Naturalists
- Wetlands Specialists and Wetland Scientists
- Wildlife Field Technicians
Comments from Past Students about this Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation course:
"Excellent. [Appreciated] learning minute difference[s] between very similar species."
- Brian Yades, Environmental Scientist
"[This course] is an excellent tie-in to [wetland] delineation training. Good way to learn plants in NJ."
"Very well organized plant ID course; comprehensive in terms of plant communities and habitats."
"I learned different wetland and upland species. It will make wetland identification easier."
"There were several quick useful tips the instructors gave us that would allow one to easily narrow a plant down to a few possibilities."
"Great. The number of wetlands communities we were able to see in the time available was quite a feat."
"The field work, just walking through different plant communities with such knowledgeable people was great."
Ralph 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.
Comments from Past Students about 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
- "Very knowledgeable about plants and wetlands in general, entertaining teaching style."
- "Patient, great at guiding field exercises."
- "Great expertise and hands on experience."
- "Mr. Tiner is very knowledgeable and friendly in his teaching methods."
Jump-Start Your Career with a Rutgers Wetland Certificate!
Promote your education and experience in wetland plant identification and delineation -- earn the nationally recognized Rutgers Wetland Delineation Certificate!
This certificate program consists of 6 days of training: our 2-day Vegetation Identification course (North or South ONLY) 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.
NOTE: If you are planning to earn the Wetland Delineation Certificate, we require that you complete Vegetation Identification prior to attending the Methodology of Delineating Wetlands class.