Wetlands FW 4220-Michigan Tech

Wetlands are a keystone ecosystem both globally and in the Great Lakes States. Michigan Tech is superbly located in an area of high wetland abundance and diversity, facilitating both research and instruction. The proximity and diversity of wetlands is what allows the Wetlands class to spend three hours a week in the lab portion of the class getting dirty, wet hands on experience.

Activities during the riparian lab.

Goals: The goals of this course are for students to be able to:

Wetland restoration lab

1) Learn to identify and delineate wetlands;

Plant identification lab

2) Understand the variation in different wetland types throughout the US and the world (e.g., peatlands, marshes, swamps, wet meadows, mangroves, and riparian);

Coastal marsh lab

3) Understand the ecology of wetlands by being able to: i) identify key wetland plant species, ii) identify common wetland soils, iii) assess wetland hydrology, and iv) asses condition and restoration potential;

Hydrology lab site

4) Gain a basic understanding of State & Federal Laws regulating and protecting wetlands.

Climate Change lab

5) Develop an understanding of wetland restoration and issues relating to wetland management.

Northern White cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) swamp lab site

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