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Wetlands Training

The National Wetland Team develops training modules, provides technical leadership, and instructs training courses in a variety of wetland related issues through the NRCS National Employee Development Center (NEDC) and other units of government. These courses are intended for government audiences; however, enrollment is based upon the criteria of the government unit offering the training. Inquires as to current course locations and dates, and enrollment information should be directed to those agencies identified in the links. 

On-Line Training Modules:

FY15 – Wetland Training.  National Wetland team, Fort Worth, TX

Wetland Restoration & Enhancement
NRCS-NEDC Course #000081;
Contact:
  Jacquelyn.Drake@ftw.usda.gov

Hydric Soils for Wetland Determination
NRCS-NEDC Course #000022
Contact: 
Kathy.Buttle@ftw.usda.gov

Hydrology Tools for Wetland Determination
NRCS-NEDC Course #000025;
Contact:  Dean.Prine@ftw.usda.gov

Wetland Identification for Food Security Purposes – Phase 1:  Basic Concepts
NRCS-NEDC Course #000268;
Contact:  
Susan.Perez@ftw.usda.gov

Wetland Identification for Food Security Act Purposes – Phase 2:  Application
NRCS-NEDC Course #000254
Contact: 
Susan.Perez@ftw.usda.gov

Wetland Plant Identification (USFWS Led)
USFWS-NCTC Course #CSP3107:
Contact: 
gary_schetrompf@fws.gov 

Advanced Plant Identification: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, & Composites  (USFWS Led)
USFWS-NCTC Course #CSP3130
Contact: 
so_lan_ching@fws.gov

Course Title: Wetland Restoration and Enhancement

Course Description: This is a basic course in wetland restoration and enhancement where participants learn to assess wetland functions, develop restoration and enhancement plans, and implement plans on degraded wetlands. The course emphasizes wetland ecology, wildlife needs, enhancement of wetland functions, design and implementation, and monitoring considerations. The course is presented in two phases. Phase I consists of a self-paced workbook to be completed prior to attending the field portion of the class. The workbook contains readings and exercises on wetland ecology and wildlife principles applicable to different wetland types. Phase II provides an on-site training. Depending upon enrollment the course location will be selected to emphasize the following wetland types: bottomland hardwoods, prairie potholes, Carolina bays and flats, northwest freshwater wetlands, and others.

Enrollment Contact: Jacquelyn Drake, NRCS National Employee Development Center; 817-509-3259

Course Title: Wetland Plant Identification

http://training.fws.gov (Course number CSP3107)

Course Description: This interagency course is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify wetland plants using botanical manuals and floras. The class consists of several one-day sessions on the following groups: woody plants, including winter condition; herbaceous dicots; and grasses, sedges and rushes, and other monocots. Lectures discuss morphology, terminology and identification. Plants representative of that day's topic(s) are collected daily in the field and keyed-out in the classroom, in both directed and individual keying exercises.

Enrollment Contact: NRCS only - Norman Melvin, NRCS Wetland Team, Central NTSC, 817-509-3572
All others - Gary Schetrompf, USFWS National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7255

Course Title: Advanced Plant ID: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, & Composites

http://training.fws.gov (Course number CSP3130)

Course Description: This interagency course is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify specific groups of wetland plants using botanical manuals and other flora. Lectures discuss morphology, terminology and identification. Participants collect representative plants in the field and, back in the classroom, log them in using directed and individual keying exercises. The course is taught by instructors from the Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Corps of Engineers.

Enrollment Contact: NRCS only - Norman Melvin, NRCS Wetland Team, Central NTSC, 817-509-3572
All others - Gary Schetrompf, USFWS National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7255

Course Title: Hydrology Tools for Wetland Restoration And Determination (000025)

Course Description: This course provides multi-agency participants with training needed to correctly select, from seven available hydrology tools, the best tool to fit site conditions; to use the tools; and to review results of agency work and work by consultants. Tools covered include onsite field indicators, remote sensing, observation wells, streamflow and lake gage analysis, runoff volumes, scope and effect, and DRAINMOD. These tools can also be used to plan and evaluate wetland hydrology restoration.

Enrollment Contact:  Dean Prine, NRCS National Employee Development Center, 817-509-3258, VoiceCom: 9043-3258

Technical Coordinator: Richard Weber

Enrollment: Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Hydrology Tools for Wetland Restoration and Determination  (NRCS-NEDC-000025).

Course Title: Hydric Soils for Wetland Delineation

Course Description: This course enables non-soil scientists to perform hydric soil determinations and field delineations, using standard techniques of soil science. It also enables participants to complete technically accurate documentation. Soil scientists with less than two years experience mat also attend. Covered in the training are the use of the hydric soil definition and criteria, the use of the hydric soil field indicators, landscape, vegetation and soil relationships, the use of soil classification, and the use of soil surveys for hydric soil identification.

NEDC Coordinator: Andre Alix

Enrollment: Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Hydric Soils for Wetland Delineation (NRCS-NEDC-000022).