This training series provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, design, and install Wetland Restorations (CPS567). Additional training may be needed.
1. Knowledge of wetland hydrology, wetland plant identification and hydric soils
|Tech Talk: Wetland ID & Ecology Part 1||This is the first part of the Wetland ID & Ecology Basics series. Join BWSR Wetland Specialists Ben Meyer and David Demmer for this session covering the three wetland parameters and an overview of wetland classification systems.|
|Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands||This first webinar, presented in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed nine-part wetland training webinar series provides an introduction to wetlands. The webinar introduces the primary components of a wetland, moving on to what makes wetlands distinctive from other types of waters and land. Next, the webinar covers the variability of wetlands across the landscape, including across seasons and time and the benefits of wetlands. The training concludes with a discussion of the history of and changes in agriculture policy in relation to wetland losses and gains. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe what a wetland is and be able to explain to others the value of wetlands.|
2. Ability to identify wetlands using the 3-factor method (hydrology, vegetation, and soils) and conduct wetland functional assessments
|Webinar 3: Wetlands Ecology for Planners - How Wetlands Function||(Time: 1 hour, 56 mins) This is the third webinar, delivered in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The first half of the webinar focused on explaining general wetland ecology concepts, including succession, thresholds, disturbance, sensitivity and resilience. The second half of the webinar identified how source waters (surface and groundwater) and soils define the character of a wetland, including an introduction to the Hydrogeomorphic Wetland Classification System (HGM). Participants will come away from the webinar with an increased understanding of how to consider these key concepts as they plan conservation and management activities that include wetlands.|
|Hydric Soils Training Modules||The Association of State Wetland Managers has developed an online training series focused on hydric soils for wetland professionals. This twelve module training series is for wetland field practitioners who need expertise in hydric soils and seek to understand how hydric soils are formed and how to recognize and interpret the information they provide when observed in the field. This can also be used as refresher course for those practitioners who have not had soils training in recent years.|
|Altered Hydrology||The basics of drainage and why it is done, installing drainage, the wetland hydrology technical criterion, the terms “effectively drained” and “lateral effect”, and drainage setback tables. (Time: 15 minutes)|
3. Knowledge of priority species/habitats as identified in State Wildlife Action Plan and State-approved species management plans
4. Skills to use Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guide or Habitat Suitability Index
5. Basic knowledge for recognizing potentially special sites and Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species, sufficient to initiate contact with the appropriate specialist
- Request Natural Heritage Database training access from your NRCS Area Resource Conservationist.
Practice Specific Training
|Wetland Restoration||This training will enable field staff involved in project applications, the design, or the construction of wetland restorations to have a solid understanding of the science and methods used. Types of implementation will include mostly basic components such as scrapes, ditch plugs, and small embankments. Vegetation establishment considerations will also be covered. NRCS and SWCD staff that follow up this training with experience on actual projects should be able to pursue Job Approval Authority for the phase(s) they work on.|