USFWS and USACE Wetland Classification and It's Relationship to Functional Assessment

  • NH Motor Speedway 1122 NH 106 Loudon, NH 03307 United States

This workshop will focus on Wetland Classification following the USFWS method (Cowardin Classification) for classifying wetlands and deepwater habitats of the US.  Accurately classifying wetlands is an integral part of preparing reports, habitat analysis, impact analysis, mitigation design and wetland function and value assessments.  These components are very important in the preparation and submital of wetland impact applications for both state and federal permitting.

This workshop will also have updates on the current status of the USACE upcoming revised Highway Methodology Function & Value Assessment.  The new version will include quantification of functions.  USFWS will present current work on the enhanced National Wetlands Inventory and its new landform qualifiers to add to the Cowardin Classification.

This workshop will be conducted in the classroom in the morning and a field session will be conducted in the afternoon. Please dress appropriately for the December weather conditions. This is not just for beginners!

Please review these documents and bring them with you to the workshop:

 http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Documents/Classification-of-Wetlands-and-Deepwater-Habitats-of-the-United-States.pdf

 http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/elpubs/pdf/wrpde4.pdf

 http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/elpubs/pdf/wrpde9.pdf