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Webinar Series: Hydric Soils Training Modules  (ASWM)

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.

There are 12 modules in the series.  Each module is approximately 30 minutes long.


Webinar:  Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands (ASWM/NRCS, June 2018) (Scroll down the page to find the five parts of Webinar 1)

This first webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed nine-part wetland training webinar series provided an introduction to wetlands. The webinar started with introducing the primary components of a wetland, moving on to what makes wetlands distinctive from other types of waters and land. Next, the webinar covered the variability of wetlands across the landscape, including across seasons and time and the benefits of wetlands. The training concluded 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.

Part 1a: Introduction Time: 5:40

Part 1b: Introduction

Part 1c: Presenter, Mary Manning, US Forest Service Time: 29:14

Part 1d: Presenter, Doug Norris, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Time:  19:09

Part 1e: Presenter, Karen Fullen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Time: 22:05


Formal training:  Wetland Hydrology Monitoring, Part 1 (BWSR)

Time: 30:42;  This is the first of two training modules on the topic of wetland hydrology monitoring – offered as an auxiliary part of the Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP) basic wetland delineation course. It is an introduction to the what, why, where, and how of wetland hydrology monitoring, including types of monitoring, levels of effort, questions that are answered by monitoring, shallow monitoring wells and piezometers, planning, documentation, and maintenance.

Formal training:  Wetland Hydrology Monitoring, Part 2 (BWSR)

Time:  18:11;  This is the second of two training modules on the topic of wetland hydrology monitoring – offered as an auxiliary part of the Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP) basic wetland delineation course. It covers installation of shallow monitoring wells and piezometers, measuring water levels, and data interpretation.

Formal online training:  Field Indicators of Hydric Soil (Aug 1999)

This is a powerpoint presentation developed with the Wetland Science Institute, containing 65 slides covering the general concepts used for identifying hydric soils in the field.

Formal online training:  Hydric Soil Overview  (April 2000)

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 18 slides explaining the definition of hydric soils and the difference between the definition and the field indicators. 

Formal online training:  Redoximorphic feature  (Aug 2000)

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 33 slides.  The objectives of the presentation are to identify and describe redoximorphic features, explain how redoximorphic features form and to understand the use of a,a’-dipridyl to confirm soil reduction.

Formal online training:  Using Soil Taxonomy to Identify Hydric Soils

This is a powerpoint presentation with 59 slides describing the hierarchical nature of soil classification and how a particular soil’s classification can help a conservationist determine if it is a hydric soil or not.


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