Name of Class: Wetland Delineation Training (5-Day) USACE Northcentral and Northeast Regional Supplement
Dates: May 18-22, 2020
Location: Field-Various areas in and around Lansing, Classroom- Michigan Nature Association/MWA Offices, Okemos
Time(s): 8:30am to 4:30pm
Instructors: Todd Losee, Michael Pennington, James Sallee, Keto Gyekis
Cost: $550 (MWA members), $650 (non-members)
Class Description: This is a 5-day course covering all aspects wetland delineation focusing on the procedures outlined in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 87 Manual and the Northcentral and Northeast and Midwest Regional Supplements. The course will spend significant time on the criteria necessary to meet the wetland delineation standards for Wetland Hydrology, Hydric Soils, and Hydrophytic Vegetation. The course will focus on a variety of wetland types in and around Lansing, Michigan. Participants will learn all aspects of wetland delineation including how to properly complete the Wetland Data Form. Participants will be provided a Northeast Northcentral Supplement. Participants will be responsible for meals and lodging. Several lodging options are available in the Lansing area. This is a field course, participants should be prepared for varying field and weather conditions (rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.).
Todd Losee – Todd has over 20 years of experience delineating wetlands while working in the public and private sectors. Todd served on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Supplement Development Committees for both the Midwest and Northeast Northcentral Supplements. Prior to his current job as a private wetland consultant, Todd served as the state’s expert in wetland identification and managed the EGLE’s (then DEQ) Wetland Identification Program and the development of the Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands (MiRAM). He has served as an expert witness in administrative, criminal and civil wetland court cases; and he has completed hundreds of wetland delineations particularly at some of the most technically difficult and controversial sites.
Michael Pennington – Michael Pennington is the Wetland Mitigation Specialist for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division. Michael serves as the program administrator for EGLE’s Wetland Mitigation Banking program and provides assistance to staff on complex wetland mitigation issues. Michael also provides wetland education and training and he plays a pivotal role for the division by providing technical and regulatory guidance for the best protection and management of the state’s wetland resources. Before working for EGLE, Michael managed MDOT’s Wetland Mitigation and Wetland Banking Programs for 14 years.
James Sallee – James is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with over 20 years of experience working in Michigan’s wetlands. James currently works as a wetland consultant conducting wetland delineations and hydric soil reviews throughout Michigan. James led a research project on difficult hydric soils of Michigan that resulted in additional hydric soil indicators being developed and included in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supplements. James also spent several years as the DEQ’s (now EGLE) Wetland Specialist focusing on hydric soil identification. James has testified as a hydric soil expert in various administrative, criminal, and civil court cases. James also participated in the National Wetland Condition Assessment.
Keto Gyekis – Keto manages the Wetland Identification Program for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division. He travels throughout the state, from urban centers in southern Michigan to the western end of the Upper Peninsula, conducting wetland delineations and inspecting consultants’ delineations. He conducts wetland jurisdictional determinations for the DEQ and assists staff with the wetland permit application review process and enforcement issues. Prior to DEQ, Keto had worked as a field ecologist for a consulting firm, delineating wetlands throughout Michigan and in three other states. He has maintained certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Keto was a co-developer of the Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands and has led several trainings on wetland functions and values and wetland delineation.
Class Cancellation Notification: Five (5) days prior to the start of class, participants will be notified if a class is being canceled for any reason. When classes are canceled by MWA, the MWA Treasurer will refund 100% of the fee received to participants.
Cancellation Policy for Attendees:
- Any attendee can transfer, at any time, their spot in the class to another person with no financial penalty
- An attendee that cancels prior to 14 days of the start of the class is eligible for 100% refund of class fees
- An attendee that cancels 1-13 days from the start of the class is eligible for 50% refund of class fees
- An attendee that cancels within less than 1 day of the start of the class (including during the class) is not eligible for any refund (0%), however the spot can be transferred to any other person.