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NKU REFS Wetlands in Winter

Course Title: Winter ID of Wetland Plants and Winter Assessments of Forested and Emergent Wetlands Course

Course Mission:  This training will aid students in learning winter identification of common wetland trees, shrubs, forbs, and graminoids in the Army Corps of Engineers Eastern Mountains and Piedmont (EMP) and Midwest Region.  This course will aid professionals in completing wetland delineations and/or wetland assessments during the winter months.  In addition to winter ID of wetland plants, students will also gain knowledge of completing ecological assessments to forested and emergent wetlands during the winter months with leaf off.

Focusing on winter characteristics such as winter colors, leaf buds, twigs, or leftover seed aids to ID plant species.  Students will also conduct ORAM and KY-RAM wetland assessments.

Course Timeline: 3-day course (25 hrs).  Course will be 1 day in classroom and 2 days in field training.  Course will require travel to diverse wetland sites in addition to the St. Anne’s field station.

Date: February 14 – 16, 2024

Cost: $800 professional; $400 NKU student; $480 non-NKU student

Registration: Click Here

Course Materials: Provided

Course Objectives:

·       Ability to id (scientific and common name) and learn characteristics of common wetland plant species of the EMP and Midwest in winter with leaf off

·      Learn wetland or habitat indicators for wetland plant species in winter

·      Become familiar with a variety of wetland plants

·      Learn to determine if a site satisfies hydrophytic vegetation requirements

·      Become familiar with emergent, shrub, and forested wetland plant communities in winter

·      Learn characteristics of wetland plant morphology in winter

·      Use of taxonomic keys

·      Learn online and literature reference materials useful in wetland plant id

Reminder: Dress appropriately for weather.