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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 pm CST

Presented by
Spencer D. Varnado and Alex Mathes

Presence of wetland vegetation
Identification of wetland soils
Importance of underlying wetland hydrology



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Professional Engineers:
1.5 PDHs

1.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA:  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar.)

Landscape Architects:
1.5 HSW CE Hours

LA CES:  (LA CES credits only available for attending live Webinar.)
1.5 HSW PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information
See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit
available. Individual courses for landscape architects, engineers and architects are not
subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in
FL, NC, and NJ, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130),
and North Dakota.

Course-by-Course Organizations:
International Society of Arboriculture
Society of American Foresters
Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider
for landscape architects, engineers and architects via its registration with the
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the
Commissioner §79-1.5(i)(2), §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).


Alex Mathes

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. Varnado

Ecologist 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.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

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 Objectives:

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

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.


Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $85.00