Identification Course for the Wetland Flora of Colorado's Western Slope - Grand Mesa

Colorado Native Plant Society
August 6th, 2016
Grand Mesa, CO
The purpose of the class is to provide 1-day in-field training for wetland plant identification, ecology, and functions and services for the major native woody, herbaceous, and graminoid wetland and riparian plants for the Western Slope of Colorado.  The class will include some of the basic factors (hydrology, soils, and vegetation) for wetland delineation and will be co-instructed by Randy Mandel, Senior Restoration Ecologist, Golder Associates, and Travis Morse, Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District.
Bring: Appropriate field clothes, including rain gear, hiking boots, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat, hand lens, floristic keys (Ackerfield; Culver and Lemly; Dorn) water.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of botany and ecology are requisite. Basic soils knowledge would be helpful.
Physical requirements: Hiking will be under 5 miles on moderate terrain, but students will be working in riparian and wetland areas. Moderate.
Instructors: Randy Mandel has 30+ years of experience as a restoration ecologist, and currently works for Golder Associates as their Senior Restoration Ecologist. His Graduate and undergraduate work at CSU were in Forest Biology, Concentration Physiology and Genetics. His expertise includes wetland, riparian, rangeland, desert, and forest ecology; plant taxonomy and synonymy; restoration design and implementation; site assessment and monitoring; ecotypic seed collection and increase; native plant propagation and cultivation; wetland delineation; threatened and endangered species survey; and the integration of native species into landscape design. Mr. Mandel’s past positions include: (1) Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company; (2) Co-Founder of Warm Springs Mitigation Bank; (3) USDA-NRCS Regional Native Plant Specialist; and (4) Director of the USDA-NRCS Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center.  Mr. Mandel currently serves as the Vegetation Ecologist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board Emergency Watershed Protection Flood Recovery Team. Travis Morse is Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District.

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