Grass and Sedge Workshop
November 9-10, 2020
Grass and Sedge Workshop
The workshops includes classroom training using interactive power point presentations, magnified, fresh and pressed specimens. The classroom training stresses differences between families, tribes and major genera in Central Florida based on classification and morphological features.
For all plants reviewed we explain how to use various taxonomic keys and utilize these to determine species level identification of live and pressed specimens. As much as possible we focus on vegetative characteristics. We emphasize differences between exotic and native look-a-like species. We encourage and highlight important botanical terminology necessary for successful use of keys along with a glossary that is provided to assist in identification. Keys by various authors and keys by the instructor will be provided to the students. We differ from other identification classes in that we provide the training so you can id grasses and sedge on your own to at least the genera level. With experience you will be able to identify grasses and sedges to species level confidently.
The field portion of the class will take place in several community types first by a virtual field video and secondly by the participant. The virtual field identification video will include at least one specimen from each grass tribe and sedge class, but in most cases will include many more. A listing of plant species including the four state and federal indicator category classes will be provided in advance with information of where the student can view the plant in the field. Participants will learn many of the commonly encountered indicator plants for the region including common, rare, invasive and exotic species that are important in wetland delineation, restoration and habitat management.
I have a limited supply of dissecting needles and tweezers that will be mailed to you with samples. First come, first served.
What you need:
- 10x or 15x magnification and enough light to see specimen
- Double sided clear scotch tape
- A quiet room with no interruptions
- If you have it: Wunderlin & Hansen, Guide to Vascular Plants of Florida, 3rd Edition
Reviews from participants
Southeastern Botany, LLC provides botanical consulting services and plant identification workshops throughout Florida and soon to adjoining states. Our services include vegetation monitoring, botanical inventories that can include rare and invasive plants, plant community mapping, floristic quality assessments,wetland delineation workshops, management plans and plant identification workshops. Group courses that meet the needs of your organization can be arranged in your area.
We are dedicated to preparing natural resource professionals with a strong working knowledge of the regional flora, understanding that correctly identifying plants, invasives, grasses and sedges is a necessary component of jurisdictional wetland delineation, habitat management and restoration. We provide CEU certificates.
Christina M. Uranowski, President
M.S. Botany, Professional Wetland Scientist #1720,
completed her Master of Science degree in Botany at the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelors degree in Biology. Her resume includes over 32 years experience working in Florida’s coastal and freshwater wetlands that includes wetland regulation, exotic mapping and removal, seagrass mapping, algal identification, permitting and restoration, wetland delineation, functional and floristic assessment, wetland plant and grass and sedge identification, minimum flows and levels for wetlands and lakes, and plant physiology. She has worked as a researcher, consultant, and trainer for academia, private industry, government agencies, and as an instructor for Richard Chinn Environmental Training Inc. Much of Christina’s research is published in several peer reviewed scientific journals. Christina has taught grass identification and wetland plant classes for over 10 years. She was principal investigator and first author of the Florida Riverine Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) methodology for measuring wetland functions, and assisted in the development of the Florida Depressional wetlands HGM methodology. Both were published as national technical documents by the US Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station. From 2011 through 2013 she was President of the South Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Travis Richardson, M.S., Professional Soil Scientist, founder of TRichardson Soils and Environmental, LLC. Travis is an expert soil and wetland scientist with more than 17 years of experience developing an understanding of the relationship among soil characteristics, hydrology, and vegetation. He has extensive experience implementing Ch 62-340 Florida Administrative Code to delineate the landward extent of wetlands and surface waters, including areas with substantial mechanical and/or hydrologic alterations. Richardson has experience establishing Minimum Flows and Levels, permitting environmental resource impacts, developing and implementing wetland mitigation plans, evaluating wetland functional value (UMAM/WRAP), and completed soil and vegetation monitoring.
Richardson Soils and Environmental utilizes Richardson’s expertise to provide efficient and accurate assessments for clients. T. Richardson Soils and Environmental focuses on hydric soil determinations, soil classification, wetland delineation, forensic wetland assessments, mitigation, soil and wetland monitoring, environmental resource permitting, and onsite sewage and treatment disposal system design and permitting. specializing in wetland delineation, hydric soil training, field investigations, and permit facilitation.
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