Hydric Soils workshop was a success!

Grand Bay and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) partnered to offer a two- day workshop, Advanced Hydric Soils, on March 18-19, 2014. This workshop was taught by Dr. Mike Vepraskas and Dr. Dave Lindbo, two professors from North Carolina State University.

Forty participants attended the workshop, including federal and state agency staff and consultants, to gain experience with hydric soil evaluation using field indicators and to describe problem areas in the field.  Participants spent much of the total training time in the field where they gain hands-on experience with soil description, identification of hydric soil field indicators and examination of problem sites.

Dr. Mike Vepraskas works with students to identify soil type.

Dr. Mike Vepraskas works with students to identify soil type.

Ninety-six percent of those that completed the evaluation agreed or strongly agreed that attending the class was a good use of their time and agreed that the class increased their understanding of hydric soils. Eighty seven percent of participants said that they learned something that they would apply in their work or future decisions.

This workshop was very well received and we are planning to offer it again in the fall of 2014.

Students examine soils during the field component of the workshop.

Students examine soils during the field component of the workshop.

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