Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology: 2016 Eagle Hill Institute Natural History Science Seminar

July 17 – 23, 2016 at Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine


This training is based in large part on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (1987) and Regional Supplement: Northcentral and Northeast Region (2012). The seminar addresses the requirements for basic delineation training as specified by the Corps of Engineers for its Regulatory IV course. Classroom instruction will cover background information and methodologies. Topics will specifically include the science of hydric soils, vegetation and hydrology, and the application of that science in the field. In the field, participants will apply the methods to collect data on the field indicators of wetland vegetation, hydrology, and soils used to determine the occurrence and location of wetland boundaries. Successful completion of this seminar will provide participants with a sound knowledge base and basic field experience for identifying wetlands, delineating their boundaries, and understanding how wetlands relate ecologically to the surrounding landscape. (Special $575 tuition)

About the instructors:
Matt Schweisberg (matt@wetlandsns.wpcomstaging.com) is the principal of Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC (https://wetlandsns.com). He is a Professional Wetland Scientist under the Professional Certification Program of the Society of Wetland Scientists. He is a retired federal wetlands ecologist and wildlife biologist who spent over 32 years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency at its HQ office in Washington, D.C. and New England Region office in Boston. Matt served as Chief of the New England Region’s Wetlands Protection Program and Senior Wetland Ecologist. He has taught courses in wetland regulation, restoration and creation, wetland ecology, and wetland identification and delineation for federal and state agencies, academic organizations, and environmental consultants. Matt is a member of the New England Hydric Soils Technical Committee.
Joe Homer (bathome@ne.rr.com) served as the New Hampshire State Soil Scientist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retired after more than 33 years with the NRCS, Joe has performed and managed mapping and field work in New England, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oregon and Minnesota. He also served as Field Soil Scientist, Soil Survey Project Leader, and Assistant State Soil Scientist in NH. Joe is the author of the Grafton County and Coos County (NH) Soil Survey Reports. He conducted hydric soils and wetland identification and delineation for USDA in NH, and trained federal and state agency staff as well as New England consultants. Joe is a member of the New England Hydric Soils Committee, and the Regional Working Group for the Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual for the Northcentral and Northeast Region.