Featured Topics Covered in this Vegetation Identification Course:
- Introduction to Plant Identification and Wetland Plant Indicator Statuses
- Use of Plant Identification Keys in the Field
- Plant Names, Plant Groups, General Plant Morphology
- Basic Botanical Terminology
- Woody Plant Morphology
- Grass Morphology
- Sedge/Rush Morphology
This wetland vegetation identification course is designed for anyone who wants to gain experience identifying wetland plants, including:
- Arborists and Forestry Technicians
- Environmental Scientists, Environmental Consultants, and Environmental Planners
- Geologists and Hydrogeologists
- GIS Specialists
- Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers
- Land Surveyors
- Wetland Delineators and Wetland Scientists
Comments from Past Students about this Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation course:
"It was very hands on. Definitely helped me improve my skills with keying out different species. Was able to become more familiarized with some trees."
- Jen Reed, Ecologist
"It gives you a good, general education about local wetland vegetation which can be built upon."
"I found many more species that I can use to make my identification of wetlands more complete."
"Great introduction to plant species found in our area."
"Found everything to be useful and informative."
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 our Vegetation Identification course (North or South sessions ONLY; Winter and Tidal Plants are NOT part of the certificate series) 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.