Lotus Goes to Wilson & Rutgers - June 28, 2019

In the last few weeks, some of our Lotus staff members attended conferences and training seminars to expand their knowledge and technical skills in both environmental and cultural resource investigations.

One of our Environmental Scientists, Rachel, attended the “Methodology for Delineating Wetlands” training seminar June 10-14.  Put on by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the session was held to help enhance the attendees’ knowledge of vegetation, soils, and hydrology analysis, using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, as well as the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.

Attendees were able to immediately apply the material discussed through performing various wetland delineations throughout the week.  They were asked to analyze various plant communities to identify dominant species and hydrophytic vegetation, use the National List of hydric soil field indicators to identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils, and identify and differentiate direct and indirect indicators of hydrology.

When asked what her favorite part of the seminar was, Rachel said, “The most valuable part of the seminar was learning the differences between the Federal Manual and the USACE Manual, while using them simultaneously.  It was interesting to see how each state uses different methodology based on types of wetlands present.”

Our Architectural Historians, Margaret and Gabrielle, and our Archaeologist Marcia attended the “Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage” in Chambersburg, PA at Wilson College June 19-21.  The conference held various educational forums and workshops throughout the week, such as ‘Preserving Local History’, ‘Creating a Preservation Toolkit’, and ‘Seeing the Past in Ordinary Places’.  Attendees were also able to hear many keynote speakers, like Tom Mayes, author of Why Old Places Matter, Raina Regan of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Laura Spina of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and many members of the PA SHPO and other various preservation agencies.

When asked what the highlight of the preservation conference was, Gabrielle said, “The sessions were all very helpful in different ways, and it was so nice to be able to reconnect with old friends and colleagues while walking through Chambersburg’s beautifully preserved downtown!”

Check out a few more photos of the events below: