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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North

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Synopsis: In this two-day course, you will learn how to identify plant species frequently encountered by wetland delineators in northern and central New Jersey and neighboring New York and Pennsylvania.
Start Time: Monday, May 15, 2017 9:00 AM
End Time: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:00 PM
Location: Off-Campus Locations
Address: No Street Address
Campus: Off Campus
Room: Somerset County Environmental Education Center - L
City, State, Country: Basking Ridge, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eh0201cb.html
Contact Name: Dalynn Knigge
Contact Email: knigge@rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7315
Additional Information:

Wetland plants, also known as hydrophytes or hydrophytic vegetation, have adaptations that enable them to grow and reproduce with their roots in water or saturated soil for at least part of the year. In contrast, plants that cannot survive in saturated conditions are commonly referred to as upland plants.

Along with hydric soils and hydrology, the presence of wetland plants is one of the primary factors involved in the identification of wetland areas and the delineation of wetland boundaries. Therefore, the ability to identify wetland plants and and distinguish between upland and wetland plant species is an essential step in the wetland delineation process.

By the end of this course, you will be able to quickly and confidently identify the wetland plant species that are important in determining if an area meets the hydrophytic vegetation criterion for wetland delineation.

Students can expect to see over 100 different plant species, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, while learning how to use two basic field guides for identifying wetland and upland plants. Guided by instructor and wetlands expert Ralph Tiner, students will have the opportunity to explore vegetation in meadows, restoration areas, emergent wetlands, upland-wetland transition areas, riparian forests, mature forests, and field edges.

This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors!

Target Audience: Alumni,  General Public