William S. Sipple 

Wetland & Environmental Training & Consulting

WSS’s philosophy with its training is to offer intensive and thorough quality sessions. Although field work is emphasized appropriate lecture is also necessary. A variety of sessions are offered under the general categories of plant identification, wetland characterization, and field ecology. This training will be instructive and beneficial to professionals seeking to enhance their technical skills and new personnel just entering the environmental field. To assure quality, training sessions conducted by WSS are designed for groups of 15 or less, with a maximum of 20. Small groups are particularly important for field training. Sessions offered by WSS are listed to the right.

Course sessions will not be regularly advertised for registration as with most training institutions. The services will be available only on a group contractual bases, since the training is designed principally for government agencies, environmental groups, citizens groups, environmentally-oriented firms, planning firms, and similar organizations. Hence, all lecturing will be held at locations convenient to the clients, such as their own offices or other nearby facilities; all field work will be local as well in order to maximize field time. The local setting for the courses will minimize, if not eliminate, major travel costs for clients. Sessions vary in length and can be customized to meet the specific needs of clients. For example, plant identification sessions generally are between 2 and 5 days depending upon a client’s needs, the intensity of the
session, and the difficulty of the plant groups involved. Wetland delineation sessions are generally 4-6 days duration.

Individual session descriptions are available upon request.
Rates vary with the type and extent of the training sessions provided, as well as the number of students. Ample training materials, including a course book, will be provided.

WSS remains available, on a contractual bases, to conduct training for other training institutions, something its principal has done since 1972. 


Plant Identification

  • Vascular Plant Identification
  • Summer Woody Plant Identification
  • Wetland Plant Identification
  • Winter Herbaceous Plant Identification
  • Identifications of Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
  • Identification of Ferns and Fern Allies
  • Identification of Composites
  • Coastal Wetland Plant Identification
  • Winter Woody Plant Identification



Wetland Characterization

  • Wetland Delineation Using Corps Manual and Regional Supplements
  • Vegetation Sampling Techniques
  • Wetland Classification

Field Ecology

  • Wetland Ecology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Field Biology & Ecology
  • Biological Stream Assessments
  • Macroinvertebrate Identification

For WSS's 2019 and 2020 training schedule, click here.

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