Identifying Wetlands of High Conservation Value Using Vegetation Classification and the Ecological Integrity Assessment (EIA)

WA State Department of Ecology/The Padilla Bay NERR


Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:15 a.m. PDT

Lacey, WA, United States

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This 2-day training provides detailed instruction on how to use the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program’s (WANHP) Ecological Classification of Native Wetland and Riparian Vegetation Types of Washington and Ecological Integrity Assessment method. These tools can assist with numerous wetland management, restoration, and conservation activities.

One of the most significant applications is how these tools are used to identify Wetlands of High Conservation Value (WHCV), which is one of the criteria for Category 1 Wetlands in the Washington Wetland Rating System. Identifying the location of Wetlands of High Conservation Value is integral to protecting the state’s most irreplaceable and significant wetland resource values.

Although WANHP has been working over 30 years to identify the locations of WHCV, the program does not have the capacity to visit all wetlands throughout the state. This training will empower consultants, agency staff, and other interested individuals with the skills needed to collect data critical for the designation of WHCV. Examples of how these tools can be used for other objectives such as ecological monitoring, vegetation and ecosystem mapping, setting conservation priorities, and identifying restoration benchmarks will also be discussed.

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Joe Rocchio

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Joe Rocchio is the Senior Vegetation Ecologist with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program. His primary responsibilities are to classify Washington’s ecosystems and prioritize them for conservation action. He has nearly 20 years of experience classifying vegetation, assessing ecological integrity, and identifying high-quality wetlands across the ... Read More