September 15 & 16 (Friday & Saturday)
Instructor: Alice Thompson is a wetland ecologist and owner of “Thompson & Associates Wetland Services”, where she consults on wetland issues and projects. She holds a Master’s degree from UWM and is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (Society of Wetland Sciences) and an Assured Delineator with the WDNR Wetland Identification Program. Her expertise includes wetland delineation, restoration, mitigation and control of invasive species.
The Course: This course is a practical field-oriented guide to wetland delineation. Wetland delineation is the practice of locating the boundary between what is a wetland, and thus regulated by state and federal law, and what is upland. We will discuss what determines a wetland and how to identify and document wetland vegetation, soils and hydrology during a delineation. We will dig soil pits, identify vegetation, look for signs of hydrology, and physically stake the wetland boundary in the field. In the lab we will discuss the basics of completed data sheets and accurate reporting as well as regulatory oversight. This course is intended for beginners and will focus on relatively undisturbed wetlands present on the UWM Field Station. You can get your feet wet and decide if you want to learn more and make a career of wetland delineation or understand wetland identification for other purposes. Wetland delineation is an important tool for the protection of wetlands, and is very challenging but rewarding work.
Workshop fee: $105. Available for 1.4 CEU. Not offered for college credit.
Invasive Plant Management Techniques
September 30 (Saturday), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. James Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.
The Course: Many of us work to control invasive plants in the areas we care about. Take this class to ensure that you are using the most appropriate, efficient, up-to-date, and least environmentally damaging methods in those efforts. This is a hands-on class. After an introduction to the general ecology of the five functional groups of invasive plants (Shrubs, Perennial forbs, Clonal Perennials, Grasses, and Annuals/Biennials), we will discuss, demonstrate and practice all applicable control methods (chemical and non-chemical) for these five plant types. Topics will also include: 1) Identification of our common, and relatively new invaders, 2) Planning and strategy for an effective control program, 3) Use of hand tools and herbicide application methods, 4) Herbicide concentrations, mixing, and safety, 5) Restoration strategies for badly infested sites, and 6) Record keeping. Safe chainsaw use for woody species will be demonstrated only. Several handouts and reference materials will be provided.
Workshop fee: $60 (discounted to $45 for SEWISC members). Available for 0.8 CEU. Not offered for college credit.