Soil and Water Science Department

   March 21-23, 2006 -- FULL

   April 25-27, 2006 -- FULL

   October 3-5, 2006 -- FULL

   October 31-November 2, 2006 -- FULL

   November 28-30, 2006 -- FULL

   Austin Cary Memorial Forest
   Gainesville, FL

l-Course Overview l-Course Instructors l-Area Information
l-Who Should Attend? l-Registration Information l-Further Information
l-10 Ways to Benefit l-Training Site

l-Print Version of
   Short Course Brochure
(Adobe PDF file)

l-Daily Agenda l-Hotel Accommodations


This exclusive training program focuses on the interrelations of hydrology and hydric soils and how to distinguish hydric soils from nonhydric soils. Morning lectures address background information on soil hydrology, definition and criteria of hydric soils, morphologies of hydric soils, and monitoring instrumentation and data analysis. Field indicators of hydric soils will be emphasized throughout the course, and afternoon field trips are designed to provide field examples of material covered during morning lectures. Emphasis will be on the separation of hydric soils from nonhydric soils. This course provides 24 hours of training and instruction, and a Certificate of Completion will be provided upon conclusion. Enrollment is limited, so register early to secure a seat in the course.

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Who Should Attend?

Professionals interested in or actively involved in wetland identification and delineation. Those employed in the following occupations would greatly benefit by participating in this course:
  • Biologists

  • City and County Government
    Officials and Decision–Makers

  • Consultants

  • Developers

  • Ecologists

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Health Officials

  • Environmental Regulators

  • Environmental Scientists

  • Foresters

  • Geotechnical Engineers

  • Land Use Planners

  • Plant Scientists

  • Soil Scientists

  • Soil Surveyors

  • Water Scientists

  • Wetland Delineators

  • Wetland Mediators

  • Others Seeking Rigorous Training
    in Hydric Soils

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10 Ways to Benefit

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the pedogenic processes that result in hydric soils.
  2. Identify and describe redoximorphic features in soils and explain their relationship to hydric soils.
  3. Describe regional groundwater and surface water relationships.
  4. Use the definition and criteria for hydric soils and explain their relationships.
  5. Use field techniques to identify regional hydric soils.
  6. Evaluate the installation of monitoring instruments to prove/disprove the presence of hydric soils and/or wetland hydrology.
  7. Interpret monitoring equipment data.
  8. Understand and explain the development of hydric soil interpretations.
  9. Delineate hydric soils.
  10. Advance your overall training and expertise as a wetlands professional.
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Daily Agenda
    l Mar. 21-23, 2006 l Apr. 25-27, 2006 l Oct. 3-5, 2006
      l Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2006 l Nov. 28-30, 2006

8:00am-12:00noon Lectures
12:00noon-1:00pm Lunch on Own (bring a sack lunch each day)
1:00pm-5:00pm Field Exercises

Course Topics:

  • Fundamentals of Soil Properties Important to the Formation of Hydric Soils

  • Proper use of Hydric Soil Terminology (Definition, Criteria, etc.)

  • Soil Color Formation and Soil Profile Descriptions

  • Soil Chemical Reactions and their Formation of Redoximorphic Features

  • Hydric Soil Indicators for Organic, Sandy, and Loamy Soil Materials

  • Hydric Soil Delineation in Organic, Sandy, and Loamy Soil Materials, Exercises

  • Proper Instrumentation for Monitoring Hydric Soils and Wetland Hydrology

  • Monitoring Protocol for Proving or Disproving the Presence of a Hydric Soil
    (the Technical Standard for Hydric Soils)

  • Examples of Applying the Hydric Soil Technical Standard

  • Proper Interpretation of Hydrology Data, Redox Potential Data, and Dipyridyl Data

  • Field Instrumentation of Hydric Soil Monitoring Equipment, an Exercise Soil Taxonomy;
    its Application to Hydric Soils

  • Using Soil Morphology and Soil Survey Data for Restoring and Creating Wetlands

  • Altered Soils and Soil Hydrology

  • Various Methodologies for Wetland Delineation
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Course Instructor

G. Wade Hurt is the National Leader for Hydric Soils, and is employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He has expertise in hydric soil morphology and delineating hydric soils.

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Registration Information

Enrollment in this course is limited to the first eleven (11) participants, and registrations will be
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Registration for the Spring short course
dates will be begin immediately until the classes are full. Registration for the Fall short course
dates will begin May 1, 2006 until the classes are full.
Due to the highly specialized nature of this short course and the limited number of seats available:
  • No transfer requests to another course date will be honored once a course is full;

  • No refunds will be granted AFTER a course is full except for medical reasons (a doctor’s note must be submitted to the conference coordinator with the participant’s written request); if you have to cancel, and the course is not full, a $100 processing fee will be deducted from your refund;

  • If the course is rescheduled due to inclement weather and you cannot attend new dates, a full refund will be given;

  • If you need to substitute a participant that option is available only for the same course date;

Spring Short Courses (Registration open)
Mar. 21-23, 2006
 - FULL -
Early Reduced Registration: 
(On or before Feb. 28, 2006)
Regular Registration: (After Feb. 28, 2006) $650
Apr. 25-27, 2006
 - FULL -
Early Reduced Registration:  (Before Apr. 4, 2006) $560
Regular Registration: (After Apr. 4, 2006) $650
Fall Short Courses (Registration opens May 1, 2006)
Oct. 3-5, 2006
 - FULL -
Early Reduced Registration: 
(On or before  Sept. 12, 2006)
Regular Registration: (After Sept. 12, 2006) $650
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2006
 - FULL -
Early Reduced Registration: 
(On or before  Oct. 10, 2006)
Regular Registration: (After Oct. 10, 2006) $650
Nov. 28-30, 2006
 - FULL -
Early Reduced Registration: 
(On or before  Nov. 7, 2006)
Regular Registration: (After Nov. 7, 2006) $650

What Does the Fee Include? The full registration fee includes one copy of the course manual, a complimentary copy of the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in Florida with color plates, other training materials and daily refreshments. It is advisable for attendees to bring a set of Munsell color charts. Participants are on their own for all meals.

Note: Your registration is not valid until you have successfully completed the entire process and received a printable confirmation page and an email confirmation. This is the only registration receipt you will receive so make sure to keep a copy for registration verification.

Before clicking on the registration link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

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Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), within the state of Florida.

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Training Site

This course will be held at the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Memorial Forest and Education Building. Daily field exercises will be conducted in the forest, and field clothing and equipment are essential for participation. We also recommend you bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a backpack. Water and refreshments will be provided. A map with detailed directions to the training site will be emailed to you with your receipt of registration. 

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Hotel Accommodations

Several hotel and motel establishments are available in the Gainesville area to provide guest room accommodations throughout the course. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel guest room reservations.

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For Further Information
Training Information:
Mr. Wade Hurt – Organizer
University of Florida/IFAS
Soil and Water Science Department
PO Box 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
PHONE: (352) 392-1951
FAX: (352) 392-3092
Registration Information:
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
Building 639 Mowry Road
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

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