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Basic Wetland Delineation Training Workshops

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Learning the basics of wetland fieldwork | WXOW La Crosse, Wis. | June 21, 2016

Site 1: 

June 18–20, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites, La Crosse, Wis.

Site 2:

August 6–8, 20187:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hotel Mead & Field Sites, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Learn:

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of wetland delineation fieldwork and the paperwork that needs to be filed. Lectures on vegetation, soils, hydrology and methodology prep participants for field work. Additional lectures on related topics are also included. This course should be taken once and is normally a prerequisite for the Advanced Wetland Delineation Training Workshop. Participants combine classroom instruction with field exercises taught by leading government experts in hydrology, vegetation, soils and wetland policy.

Fee:

$600, includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments

Limited to 20 participants per location

Site 1: La Crosse WI

June 18–20, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites, La Crosse, Wis.

The La Crosse workshop (Site 1) is full. Please add your name to the waiting list. We will contact people on the wait list (in order of sign-up) to offer seats that become available due to cancellations.

Site 2: Wisconsin Rapids

August 6–8, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hotel Mead & Field Sites, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

The Wisconsin Rapids workshop (Site 2) is full. Please add your name to the waiting list. We will contact people on the wait list (in order of sign-up) to offer seats that become available due to cancellations.

CEUs:

2.4 CEUs/24 Contact Hours/24 Soil Tester Certification (Course Id# 14784)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a means of recognizing and recording satisfactory participation in non-degree programs. University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Ex) awards one CEU for every 10 contact hours in a continuing education experience. Actual contact hours are recorded. CEUs are offered at no additional charge, through the UW-Ex.

UW-Ex CEUs fulfill continuing education requirements for many professionals, agencies and organizations. Professional associations may have specific licensing requirements. Individuals should contact their licensing association before assuming UW-Ex CEUs will fulfill all requirements.

UW-La Crosse keeps records of individual CEUs for three years of programming. Certificates are emailed within two weeks of the conclusion of each program. Requests for duplicate CEU certificates are charged a $15 processing fee.

Request form for duplicate CEU hours & certificates

Cancellation policy:

Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $50 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: conted@uwlax.edu.

A transfer fee of $50 is charged when requesting the cancellation of one workshop and registering for another workshop.

Lodging:

Lodging - Site 1:

A limited block of rooms are available at:

Hampton Inn & Suites
511 3rd Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
608.791.4004

Room block expires: May 18, 2018   
Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of special rates available. Once a room block has filled and/or after room block expiration date, reservations received are subject to space availability and at prevailing room rates.

Refer to: UWL Basic Wetland workshop when making reservations.

Room rates, per night: 

  • $93/ night single occupancy
  • $123/night double occupancy

Rates do not include sales or room tax. Please refer to the hotels website or contact them directly for check-in and check-out times, services and amenities, directions, parking/shuttle service and other hotel information.

Lodging - Site 2:

A limited block of rooms are available at:

Hotel Mead
451 Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
715.423.1500

Room block expires: July 16, 2018

Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of special rates available. Once a room block has filled and/or after room block expiration date, reservations received are subject to space availability and at prevailing room rates.

Refer to: Wetland workshops when making reservations. You must call the hotel to book at the special rates.

Room rates, per night: 

  • $93/night single
  • $99/night double
  • $109/night triple
  • $119/night quad

Rates do not include sales or room tax. Please refer to the hotels website or contact them directly for check-in and check-out times, services and amenities, directions, parking/shuttle service and other hotel information.

2018 Basic Wetland Delineation Workshop Agenda
June 18–20: Hampton Inn & Suites, La Crosse, WI
August 6–8: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Day 1:
Monday, June 18, 2018, La Crosse
Monday, August 6, 2018, Wisconsin Rapids

7:30–7:45 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:45­–8 a.m.

Pre-test

8–8:15 a.m.

Introduction
D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; member of Rivers Studies Center

8:15–8:45 a.m.

Introduction to the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual and the Regional Supplements
Steve D. Eggers, Senior Ecologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   

8:45–10:30 a.m.

Vegetation
Tom Nedland, Wetland Identification Coordinator; Wisconsin DNR

 

• Definition of hydrophytic vegetation

 

• Vegetation strata and plant species indicator status

 

• Morphological adaptations

 

• Plant lists, keys, other sources of information

 

• Determining dominant vegetation and the hydrophytic vegetation criterion

 

• 50/20 rule

 

• Prevalence index

 

• FAC-neutral

10:30–10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.–Noon

Soils
La Crosse: Kevin Traastad, MLRA Soil Survey Leader,NRCS
Wisconsin Rapids: Mike Rokus, MLRA Soil Survey Project Leader, NRCS

 

• Soil morphology

 

• Hydric soils

 

• Redoximorphic features

 

• Field indicators of hydric soils

 

• Problem soils

12–12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:45–5 p.m.

Field Activities: Sample Site Demonstration Stations - Delineation Practice
Full Wetland Instructor Team   

Day 2:
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, La Crosse
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Wisconsin Rapids

7:30–7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

7:45–8 a.m.

Soils Continued: Review Field Indicators
La Crosse: Kevin Traastad
Wisconsin Rapids: Mike Rokus

 

8–9:30 a.m.

Hydrology
Steve D. Eggers

 

 

• Definition of, criteria for, wetland hydrology

 

 

• Wetland hydroperiod

 

 

• Types of wetland hydrology

 

 

• Hydrologic influences

 

 

• Growing season

 

 

• Field indicators

 

 

• Hydrologic data, other sources of information

 

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Break

 

9:45–11 a.m.  

Problem and Atypical Wetlands, Difficult Situations
Tom Nedland

 

 

• Problematic vegetation

 

 

• 50/20 rule class exercise

 

11–11:30 a.m.

Methods: Off-Site and On-Site
Steve D. Eggers

 

 

• Mapping conventions

 

 

• Data sheets, transects, etc.

 

11:30 a.m.–Noon

Online Demonstration
Tom Nedland, Steve D. Eggers    

 

 

• Web Soil Survey

 

 

• National Wetland Plant List

 

12–12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:45–5:30 p.m.

Field Activities: Full Delineation
Full Wetland Instructor Team

 

Day 3:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, La Crosse
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, Wisconsin Rapids

7:30–7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:45–9:45 a.m.

Air Photo Interpretation Presentation
La Crosse: Kevin Traastad
Wisconsin Rapids: Tim Myland, NRCS 

9:45–10 a.m.  

Break

10–10:45 a.m.

Wetland Reports
Tom Nedland

 

• How to write a good wetland delineation report

 

• Wisconsin Wetland Inventory

10:45–11 a.m.

Report Review and Questions
Full Wetland Instructor Team

11–11:45 a.m.

Lunch

11:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Field Activities
Full Wetland Instructor Team

3:30–4 p.m.

Post-test

 Notes:

  • Travel and carpooling is required
  • Clothing must be appropriate for all weather conditions
  • Bring a water bottle and field gear
  • Suggested to bring laptop for viewing class handouts

Handouts

All course handouts/materials will be provided to registrants on a flash drive that will be handed out at registration. This flash drive is included in the cost of the course.

The materials are also posted online: Web-based binder of handouts

Future locations:

Site 1:

2018-2021 remains in La Crosse, Wis.

Site 2:

2018: Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. 
2019: Waukesha, Wis 
2020: Sturgeon Bay, Wis. 
2021: Siren, Wis.