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With active enforcement of current wetland regulations, delineation credentials are essential to developers, preservationists, consultants and regulatory agencies. We offer several wetland training programs to accommodate your skill and experience level.



April 2 and 3, 2009 Course Code: EH0402CC09 $515 before 3/19/09; $525 after; $495 multiple

May 5, 2009 Course Code: EH0302CA09 $285 before 4/21/09; $295 after; $275 multiple By understanding hydrology, you will understand the distribution and circulation of water in a wetland. To delineate, manage, or construct a wetland, you need to assess the movement of water. Dr. Claude Epstein will review the connection between soil, water, and vegetation, while offering practical experience in hydrologic evidence regarding water table depth, evaluation, and Hydrogeomorphic Models (HGM’s).


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Successful wetland mitigation efforts rely upon accurate hydrologic characterization of a mitigation site; however, it can be difficult to calculate the necessary balance of water inflows and outflows that make up a wetland’s hydrologic cycle. The NJDEP’s Regionalized Water Budget Manual for Compensatory Wetland Mitigation Sites in New Jersey provides data on the principal components of compensatory wetland mitigation projects - from the evaluation of hydrological characteristics to on-site data collection and the preparation of a water budget. Expert instructor, Dr. Gary Pierce, will guide you through the techniques and offer assistance in the practical application of these procedures. Extensive Q&A sessions will be used to guide the workshop in a direction that best serves YOU - so bring your questions, concerns and individual scenarios for discussion! The Regionalized Water Budget Manual for Compensatory Wetland Mitigation Sites is a mandatory NJDEP resource for completing the required checklists for mitigations sites and/or banks.



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May 7, 2009 Course Code: EH0104CA09 $285 before 4/23/09; $295 after; $275 multiple Monitoring the progress of a wetland restoration project can be timeconsuming and expensive. Learn to recognize subtle indicators of project deterioration and become familiar with applicable state regulations. Wetland expert, Ralph Tiner provides a basic understanding of wetland monitoring design studies and the evaluation of successful of wetland mitigation, restoration, creation and/or enhancement projects.

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April 21, 22 and 23, 2009 Course Code: EH0602CB09 $875 before 4/7/09; $895 after; $850 multiple

June 18, 2009 Course Code: EH0203CA09 $285 before 6/4/09; $295 after; $275 multiple In this one-day course, instructor, Ralph Tiner provides an introduction to diagnostic plant characteristics and their use in dichotomous keys for wetland plant identification - including over 250 plants such as the most common aquatic bed plants, emergents, shrubs, trees, and vines in Mid-Atlantic wetlands. NOTE: This course will not address upland plants.

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Vegetation Identification Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

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A wetland construction project requires extensive knowledge and years of experience. Gain that knowledge and consult an expert who has the experience with both successful and unsuccessful construction projects. With instructor Dr. Gary Pierce, you will have not only earned an education but also invaluable consulting time. Learn the techniques of successful wetland mitigation planning and construction recommended by the National Research Council and the US Army Corps of Engineers. A visit to a constructed wetland complex in central New Jersey will highlight the “real world” application of concepts presented in the classroom.



Required Textbook - Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identification [ASIN B0006ER011], R. Tiner, $45





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The Wetland Delineation Certificate is awarded to participants who attend and successfully complete assignments for Vegetation Identification and Methodology for Delineating Wetlands.



All courses in this brochure have been submitted for recertification credits, as applicable. Please contact Kristyn Saunders at (732)932-9271 x.643 for more information.

Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. These two-day combination classroom and field courses will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. Two offerings - please select North or South session

Two offerings - please select May or June session

May 19, 2009 Course Code: EH0102CB09 $285 before 5/5/09; $295 after; $275 multiple When you delineate wetlands without the proper training or experience, you run the risk of regulatory and career repercussions. Wetlands training can be difficult to grasp if you start your education in an advanced course. Do not make the mistake of jumping into the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course without first being exposed to the basic principles of wetland identification. Taught by wetland expert, Ralph Tiner, this one-day combination classroom and field course will teach you the basics of wetland identification and introduce you to the practice of wetland delineation. You will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries. This course will also provide the essential background material needed for further study in the field of wetland delineation.

May 8 and 9, 2009 Course Code: EH0403CA09 $845 before 4/24/09; $895 after; $795 multiple This two-day combination classroom and field course is designed as an excellent refresher for environmental professionals who have completed a basic wetland methodology course and want up-to-date information on current wetland delineation practices, the use of additional indicators, and help with problem situations - including floodplains and coastal soils. Instructors Ralph Tiner and Dr. Peter Veneman begin with a review of wetland delineation including the latest hydric soils indicators, additional indicators for determining hydrophytic vegetation and wetland hydrology. Using collected data from supplements to the 1987 Army Corp of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual, as well as national standards for installing and monitoring shallow-water wells, you will learn advanced delineation in areas where wetlands have been drained to an unknown degree. Field exercises will be conducted in both northern and southern New Jersey to better demonstrate current practices and provide more practical experience in the area of wetland delineation.

May 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2009 Course Code: EH0401CB09 $1,030 before 5/4/09; $1,050 after; $990 multiple June 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2009 Course Code: EH0401CC09 $1,030 before 6/3/09; $1,050 after; $990 multiple 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 as well. Recognize the key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) while instructors Ralph Tiner and Dr. Peter Veneman show you how to use them in following proper delineation methods. Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom by performing wetland determinations during team field exercises. Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plant 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

May 28 and 29, 2009 Course Code: EH0201CD09 $515 before 5/14/09; $525 after; $495 multiple Learn to quickly and confidently identify plant species which determine if an area meets the hydrophytic vegetation criteria for wetland delineation. With a focus on plant characteristics of northern New Jersey, botany experts, Timothy Dunne and Christopher Miller will teach you basic plant ID groups, plant morphology and botanical terminology.

Required Textbooks - Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide [ISBN 0316604429], $25
- Grasses: An Identification Guide [ISBN 0395628814] L. Brown - $20

June 10 and 11, 2009 Course Code: EH0201CC09 $515 before 5/27/09; $525 after; $495 multiple Consultants Joseph Arsenault and Theodore Gorden provide a summer perspective to field identification methods for southern New Jersey vegetation cover types. Learn to identify the area’s most common wetland types and their constituent trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants by studying communities found along coastal plains. Plant distributions will be explained on the basis of geology, soils and hydrology.

Required Textbook - In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide [ISBN 0813536812], Second Edition, R. Tiner, $30

Most of our wetlands classes contain field components - so please come prepared for the outdoors!

- FOUR CONVENIENT WAYS TO REGISTER Phone: 732.932.9271, M-F 8AM - 4:30PM. Please have your Visa, Mastercard or AMEX number ready. Payment Policy - All students must have prearranged for payment to be admitted to the class (purchase order, check, VISA, Mastercard, American Express or money order). Refunds - You may withdraw from this course with a full refund (minus a processing fee) provided our office is notified at least three (3) full working days prior to the start of the course. Beyond that time, registrants may be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions are welcomed. NOTE - Unless otherwise specified, continental breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee(s). Textbooks are not included. You may obtain copies on your own, or through our office with your registration.

Required Textbook - Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping [ISBN 0873718925] R. Tiner - $75 Recommended Textbook - Munsell Soil Color Chart - $125
NOTE: The Corps Regional supplements for the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Northeast-Northcentral Regions will not be covered in this class. If you are interested in learning more about these supplements, please register for our Advanced Wetland Delineation class.

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Required Textbooks - A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) [ISBN 0395911729], $25
- The Shrub Identification Book [ISBN 0688050409] G. Symonds - $30 Attend BOTH sessions for expanded regional plant ID knowledge!