Please note: You will receive an invoice which includes instructions for payment. Payments must be received at least two weeks prior to the class date to secure your registration. Cancellations must also be received at least two weeks prior to be eligible for a refund.

Eelgrass Delineation Training

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Padilla Bay Reserve, Mt. Vernon
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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.

(6.0 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


Lunch is provided.

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Shafer 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 seagrass physiology, habitat requirements, restoration, functional assessment, impact assessment, interactions between native and introduced seagrasses in the PNW, and the potential effect of climate change on PNW seagrass distribution. Dr. Nelson is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and technical notes.

Washington State Department of Ecology 


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