Eelgrass Delineation Training

WA State Department of Ecology/The Padilla Bay NERR


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

Mt. Vernon, WA, United States

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This full-day course is designed for consultants and others who work with projects that may involve eelgrass, and who need to have a basic understanding of eelgrass biology, distribution, mapping and delineation.

Course topics will include the following:

  • Eelgrass biology
  • Eelgrass functions and ecosystem services
  • Species identification
  • Distribution patterns
  • Methods for mapping eelgrass
  • Delineation of eelgrass bed boundaries using the new Corps eelgrass delineation guidance

 The class will consist of a half-day classroom session in the morning, followed by a half-day of field exercises designed to familiarize participants with the new Corps of Engineers Eelgrass Delineation guidance. Class participants should expect to encounter wet conditions, soft sediments, with a fair amount of walking to and from the parking lot and tidal flats.

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Deborah Nelson

Dr. Deborah Nelson is a Biologist with the Seattle District Army Corps of Engineers. She has had experience in seagrass research and management since 1992. She recently developed the eelgrass delineation guidance methodology that is currently being used by Seattle District Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory. Her research expertise includes ... Read More

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