Useful to land surveyors, foresters, landscapers, arborists, and anyone who needs to be able to identify the presence of freshwater wetlands in the landscape.
Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field — including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Part 1 (Inland Wetland Plant Identification) of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).