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Delineating Wetland Boundaries

Wetland Delineation Resources for Professional Wetland Specialists

Wetland Delineation ResourcesThis site is a work in progress, but we have collected a number of tools which we think will be helpful to wetland professionals working in the field to identify and delineate wetland boundaries. More resources and references will be added as they become available.

The delineation approachPDF Download Link developed and described by the Army Corps of Engineers, adapted for the Northeast and North Central regions of the U.S.PDF Download Link and taught in regional wetland delineation training schools (e.g., Fernhill Institute, Humboldt Field Research Center, Maritime College of Forest Technology) should be used when doing wetland boundary delineations in Nova Scotia. Roland’s Flora of Nova Scotia should be used as the primary taxonomic guide for plant identification.

A data sheet to record wetland delineation dataPDF Download Link (PDF:99k) has been adapted for Nova Scotia.

Wetland Delineation ResourcesA data sheet specifically adapted by Kevin Keys (NSDNR) to record hydric soil informationPDF Download Link (PDF:95k) is also available.

A list of hydric soil indicators with probable application to Nova ScotiaPDF Download Link (PDF:92k) has been adapted by Kevin Keys (NSDNR) from those used in the Northeast Region of the U.S. Use these indicators with caution because they are relatively untested in Nova Scotia, but they are presently the best available option until research to quantify validity is completed.

A list of Nova Scotia soil types coded by their probability of being hydric soilsPDF Download Link (PDF:26k) has been proposed by Kevin Keys. This list will be helpful for predicting likely hydric soil conditions at a site by examining soil type maps for different regions of the province.

There are a number of other links to resources that could be helpful to professionals working on wetland delineation projects on the "Wetland Links" portion of this website.