Wetland delineation (PLE day 11)

Using a smartphone to look at the county soil survey proved unsuccessful. Luckily we had the old-fashioned paper copy with us in the field.

Using a smartphone to look at the county soil survey proved unsuccessful. Luckily we had the old-fashioned paper copy with us in the field.

Today was wetland delineation day for the Pymatuning wetlanders. After discussing the “plant math” of wetland delineation, as well as some of the basics of hydric soils and common hydrological indicators of wetland hydrology, Brian Pilarcik of the Crawford County Conservation District led the class in a demonstration of the wetland delineation procedure.  We assessed the three wetland indicators (i.e., vegetation, hydrology, and soils) along a gradient from an upland to a shrub-scrub wetland and determined the position of the regulatory boundary of the wetland. The students got some practice using Munsel soil color books, applied their knowledge of wetland vegetation, and got very good at digging soil pits.

We also spent some time discussing peatland paleoenvironmental archives in preparation for our trip to Titus Bog tomorrow. Everyone is hoping to find a bog body…

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Posted on June 17, 2013, in Teaching, Wetland Ecology & Management (PLE) and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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