Wetlands 101: An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands - online

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Base price $300.00

Course Content

This training is an introductory online course on boreal wetlands. The online content will cover:

  • introduction to wetland definitions and the importance of boreal wetlands
  • basic wetland identification skills with a focus on the five major wetland classes according to the Canadian Wetland Classification System (CWCS)
  • information on wetland ecology, hydrology, and ecosystem goods and services
  • tools to identify wetlands in the field
  • challenges that wetlands may pose to your work (e.g., safety, construction) as well as wetland avoidance and minimization strategies

This training will include practical examples of how to apply the information presented, including an example of how to consider wetlands during the planning, design, and construction stages of industry activities to minimize potential impacts to wetlands. Understanding how to plan and operate in and around wetlands can increase worker safety, decrease long-term infrastructure maintenance, and help companies meet voluntary and regulatory requirements.  The content covered in this course will help you gain a better understanding of boreal wetlands and help you understand how this knowledge can be applied to the work you do.

Who is this training for?

This training is designed for everyone who works in or around boreal wetlands from planners and decision makers to on the ground operators.

  • Industry planners and decision makers
  • Industry operators
  • Regulators
  • Consultants looking for an introduction to boreal wetlands

Learning Objectives, by the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Define what a wetland is and describe why boreal wetlands are important
  • Describe the five major Canadian wetland classes found in the boreal and the characteristics, functions, and values of these classes
  • Identify and classify wetlands, at an introductory level, using soil indicators and key plant species
  • Describe wetland classification systems that are commonly used in Canada and where these systems are most applicable
  • Infer wetland hydrology based on knowledge of wetland classes
  • Explain potential challenges associated with working in wetland areas and apply this knowledge to their work to be able to avoid or minimize potential impacts
  • Continue building on content covered in this course by knowing where to find resources for wetland classification, wetland plant identification, best practices for avoiding and minimizing impacts to wetlands

Course format:

Wetlands 101 is organized into seven chapters. Each chapter ends with a short quiz consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. Quizzes are an opportunity to test your knowledge of the course content and reflect on how the course content can be applied to your work. At the end of the course you must complete a series of multiple choice questions that will allow you assess your overall learnings. This training will take approximately three hours to complete.

This training is eligible for continuing education credits under the following professional associations and designations:

- Canadian Institute of Forestry: 4 CEU's

- College of Alberta Professional Foresters: 9 CU's

- College of Alberta Professsional Forest Technologists: 4 CU's

To determine whether this training qualifies for continuing education credits for your professional association or other organization/association, contact the associations program administrator.

This course will be available immediately after registration/payment and will be available on your account for three months after registration.

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