How to Identify a Wetland
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 pm CST
Spencer D. Varnado and Alex Mathes
Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology
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Alex Mathes, a Wildlife and Wetlands Habitat Biology Lead at Geosyntec Consultants, is a natural resource biologist with over 15 years of experience conducting biological field studies for a broad range of clients including site remediation, linear utility, railroad, mining, and transportation projects. Mr. Mathes has extensive experience conducting wetland and stream delineations in accordance with Federal and State regulatory methodologies, invasive species’ plant inventories, and habitat assessments within riparian corridors for terrestrial flora and fauna. Project-specific experience includes performing Brinson’s Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Approach functional assessments for palustrine emergent/forested wetlands, conducting baseline quantitative floristic inventories implementing both point intercept and Dauphenmire cover class sampling techniques, and conducting variable plot and transect surveys for avian species and wandering transect surveys to classify baseline wildlife corridors. Additional project experience includes authoring and implementing compensatory mitigation and wetland habitat restoration plans, developing species-specific invasive species monitoring and eradication/control programs, conducting watershed-level floodplain assessments for enhancement of impacted stream channels, and performing energy routing/feasibility studies.
Spencer D. VarnadoEcologist and Wetlands Scientist at Geosyntec Consultants
Spencer D. Varnado, over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of environmental compliance, permitting, and biological investigations. His areas of expertise include environmental and biological assessments, surveys and mapping; jurisdictional wetland delineations and determinations; regulatory permitting and compliance monitoring with various state and federal agencies; wetland mitigation plan development and implementation; wetland and wildlife management plans; and wetland value assessments. Mr. Varnado’s typical projects include linear pipeline and electrical transmission construction and maintenance, residential and commercial developments, sand and gravel mining, petrochemical facility compliance, due diligence, and habitat restoration projects.
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Course Title: How to Identify a Wetland
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines the process of determining if a proposed construction site is in or near a wetland by assessing the presence of wetland vegetation, identifying indicators of underlying wetland hydrology, and identifying wetland soils.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference the USACE Wetland Delineation Manual for valuable wetland information and regional supplements.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to assist in identifying wetlands by recognizing wetland plant types and conducting wetland vegetation surveys.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of underlying wetland hydrology, and they will be able to identify primary and secondary indicators of its presence.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify the characteristics of wetland soils, and describe how soils are classified as either hydric or non-hydric.
LUs: 1.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with site evaluations
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 12/22/2023
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