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ANHC Staff Benefit From Hydric Soils Refresher Course

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kat Abbott, ANHC land management specialist; Carla Greisen, ANHC land management specialist; Katie Shannon, ANHC environmental review specialist; and Nate Weston, ANHC GIS technician recently attended a three-day Hydric Soils Identification Workshop for wetland professionals.

The hydric (wet) soils workshop gave staff members a refresher on general knowledge of wetland and aquatic ecosystems. Staff members will be able to use these skills while on site visits, to assist other members of the ANHC Research section, and to provide interpretive information to volunteers and other visitors to our natural areas.

Consisting of both classroom and field lectures/discussions, participants received an introduction to the concepts of hydric soils, learned how to complete detailed soil profile descriptions identifying the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hydric soil field indicators, and how to identify hydric soil field indicators from profile descriptions. They visited Lorance Creek Natural Area, private land, and Mike Freeze Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area for the field work.

The workshop was conducted by Dr. Mike Vepraskas, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Soil Science at North Carolina State University; Dr. Larry West, Arkansas Licensed Soil Classifier and American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils (ARCPACS) Certified Soil Scientist/Soil Classifier; and Dr. Henry Langson, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Environmental division botanist and Arkansas Licensed Soil Classifier.

Photo above: Workshop participants learning to describe soils at Lorance Creek Natural Area, photo by Katie Shannon

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