Wetland Plants and Hydric Soils Identification

This 32-hour training focuses on the fundamentals, concepts and techniques for identifying wetland plants and hydric soils. The training is designed to provide the skills and experience necessary to properly identify wetland plants (graminoids – grasses, sedges, and rushes) referenced on the National Wetland Plant list within respective regions (e.g. Arid West, Great Plains, Mid-west, Atlantic and Gulf Coast). Specifically, the course will focus on identifying wetland, and some aquatic, species of the state in which the training is held. To accomplish this, DIPS trainers will review plant anatomy in relation to dichotomous keys as well as proper field sampling techniques.

Additionally, this course enables the individual to perform hydric soils determinations and field delineations, using standard techniques of soil science. It also enables participants to complete technically accurate documentation.  View Course Fliers for additional Information. 


Some topics covered in the training are:

  • Dichotomous Keys
  • USACE Point Intercept Sampling Procedure
  • Use of hydric soils definition and criteria;
  • Use and identification of hydric soil field indicators;
  • Landscape, vegetation, and soil relationships;
  • Use of soil classification for hydric soil identification;
  • Use of soil surveys for hydric soil identification.

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We offer three courses that support CWA compliance (Basic Wetland Delineations, Permits/Policy/Mitigation, and Wetland Plants & Hydric Soils).