Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.
About the course
Through lecture, classroom and field exercises, students can expect to learn methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries based on indicators of vegetation, soils, and hydrology, in addition to conducting desktop delineations through aerial photo interpretation. Other topics to be covered include wetland classification, impact and assess reports, and relative-value assessments. Prior knowledge of soils and vegetation is helpful, but not required.
Course at a glance
- Hands-on, face-to-face course with learning facilitated through field work, case study review, lectures, and group activities.
- Content developed to comply with Alberta Wetlands Policies, current industry best practices, regulations, and requirements.
- Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
- Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand factors influencing the occurrence of wetlands in the landscape, including hydrology, soils, vegetation, drainage, and function.
- Recognize field indicators confirming the presence or absence of wetlands.
- Understand and demonstrate the protocols for delineating wetland boundaries, both via desktop and field delineation.
- Apply the Alberta Wetland Classification System and other common classification systems.
- Complete a wetland impact and assessment report.
- Identify methods for wetland replacement and compensatory mitigation.
- Be familiar with wetland functions and values and with the use of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET).
- A recommended reading list will be provided via eClass and will be available one week prior to course start; advanced registration is advised.
- Mandatory field work (two full-day field trips): long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential. Rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Wear wheather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer)
- Students are responsible for their transportation to the field trip sites; carpooling options may be available.
- A basic plant field guide and a Munsell soil color book will be provided to each field team. Additional copies, however, would be useful, and students are encouraged to bring plant identification books/field guides.
- Hand lenses are required to assist in class exercises.
- Assessment includes post-course work to be completed via eClass.
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