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Biology Department

Western Washington University

Summer Session 2017

Biol 402 - Wetland Identification & Delineation


25-29 June 2018


M-F; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 4 credits

This one week, 4 credit, short course introduces methods used to identify and delineate jurisdictional wetlands under the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) 1987 Wetlands Delineation Manual and Corps Regional Supplements for this region: Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast Region and Arid West Region.  The course follows the Corps training materials and methods and is intended for anyone interested in wetland delineation such as biology or environmental science students, consultants, land use planners, and civil and environmental engineers.  Students will learn how to identify and delineate jurisdictional wetlands and understand field indicators of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology, as well as methods for disturbed areas and recognizing problem wetlands.  The course is divided between lecture and “hands-on” field instruction.  Though the focus is on northwest Washington wetlands, skills learned in this course are applicable nationwide.  Credits earned in this course can be applied towards Professional Wetland Scientist certification through the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program.  This course is field intensive; students should be prepared for all weather conditions.


Instructor:  Dr. Elizabeth Binney

                 Certified Senior Ecologist

                       Certifed Professional Wetland Scientist



WWU: BIOL 325 or ESCI 325; equivalent general ecology course;

OR instructor permission.


For more information contact: 

Dr. Binney 360-671-2317; elizabeth.binney@wwu.edu


Summer Session Info: http://www.wwu.edu/ee/summersession 


Cost & Registration: http://www.wwu.edu/ee/summersession/cost-registration


Parking: http://www.wwu.edu/ps/parking


  Housing: https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/guest-housing

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