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7/12/2011 FIELD INDICATORS OF HYDRIC SOILS IN THE US (VERSION 7)
In this episode, Dan Ufnar with the Washington Society of Professional Soil Scientists discusses the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the U.S. (Version 7). This technical document is a required tool of the wetland professional who is attempting to identify hydric soils using any of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regional manuals. Ufnar provides a few tips on how non-soil scientists can dive into Version 7 without getting overwhelmed. He also provides great explanations on changes to the Version 7 and some of those methods and indicators it describes. Make sure to stay current with the Field Indicators of Hydric Soil by periodically checking the NRCS's Hydric Soils website and reviewing the most-current errata, which provides the most current updates to the manual. To get practical hands-on hydric soils identification training, sign up today for training in your area (e.g., Coastal Training Program, Wetland Training Institute, Portland State University). Photograph is of Indicator F3 (Depleted Matrix) from the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the U.S. (Version 7).
02/09/2011 THE NATIONAL WETLAND PLANT LIST UPDATE
On January 6, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice in the Federal Register about the release of the National Wetland Plant List Update. The NWPL Update was completed following the 2008 document prepared by the Corps, titled Concepts and Procedures for Updating the National Wetland Plant List. As a result of the work by the 4 agencies involved, the Corps, USFWS, EPA, and the Nature Resources Conservation Service, a massive database has been developed to replace the individual regional lists. The database interface allows the public to participate in the NWPL Update and in fact there is a 60-day public comment period that accompanies the release of the NWPL Update and concludes on March 7th. In this episode of the Hydroperiod, Bill Kirchner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Yvonne Vallette with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describe how the NWPL Update occurred and what the major changes are. Make sure to check out the NWPL Update and get your comments in.
11/16/10 SOIL AND WETLAND SCIENTIST CERTIFICATION BILL
This episode looks at the Soil and Wetland Scientist Certification Bill, which is a title act that is intended to protect public health and welfare by establishing a state certification program under the Department of Licensing. Scott Luchessa, a proponent of the bill, addresses some common questions of the bill. To learn more about the bill, including reading the bill’s current text and the two DOL’s sunrise review reports done in 2005 and 2008, please visit the proponents webpage.
04/01/2010 Episode1:MITIGATION BANKING IN WASHINGTON STATE
This episode provides an overview of wetland mitigation banking in Washington State. Kim Harper and Christina Merten with the Washington State Department of Ecology and Gail Terzi with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participate on the Interagency Review Team (IRT) and discuss the development of mitigation banking in Washington State. Victor Woodward with Habitat Bank, LLC also takes us on an audio tour of the Snohomish Basin Mitigation Bank. For lots more information, including a map of approved and pending mitigation banks in Washington State, visit Ecology’s Wetland Mitigation Banking website. Training opportunities on how to use mitigation banks for compensatory mitigation on your project, visit the Washington Coastal Training Program website.
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