Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands

What is ORAM

ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews but is primarily an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition. ORAM has served as a model for many other rapid wetland assessments that are in use across the United States.

Day One: Classroom Instruction

This will focus on the background and concepts underlying the method and explanation of the protocols for conducting ORAM evaluations.

Day Two: Field Training

Participants will visit nearby wetlands that present different assessment challenges as participants learn how to produce ORAM evaluations that appropriately incorporate the principles learned in the classroom.


Participants can expect to leave the course with a firm understanding of the methods for accurate wetland assessments using ORAM. Upon completion of the two day training attendees will be confident in their abilities to effectively evaluate wetlands in the field and know how and where to seek additional guidance when needed. A certificate documenting successful participation in the course will be provided to each attendee.

* This course is certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program.