This course is a practical approach to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the "how to" information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The course sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. The first part of the course introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from text book and local restoration sites. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The second half of the course shows how that same "thinking" and "doing" can be applied to North America's major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale. Class content is supported by numerous field tours.
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Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Understand the importance of: assessing the health of ecosystems, indicators of healthy ecosystems, importance of diversity.
Describe and implement the ten-step process for ecological restoration.
Step 1: Mapping and inventory
Step 2: Investigate the history of the landscape
Step 3: Interpretation of landscape change
Step 4: Develop realistic goals and objectives
Step 5: Prepare a plan
Step 6: Develop and initiate a monitoring program
Step 7: Implement the plan
Step 8: Document change and maintain records
Step 9: Periodically reevaluate the program
Step 10: Communication and education
Develop a restoration plan – a detailed coverage of steps 1 to 8.
Detail the implementation of a restoration project.
Working at the right scale
Where to start
Establishing desired future condition and using reference ecosystems
Using ecological succession & natural disturbance in restoration
Working with nature, not against her
Recruiting volunteers and hiring professional
Commonly employed techniques
A management plan
Affirming measurable outcomes
Basic monitoring techniques
Other benefits of monitoring
Apply restoration to different types of ecosystems.
Understand restoration needs and funding in B.C.
Finding funding & stakeholder and community support
Permits and approvals
Aquatic and terrestrial restoration priorities in British Columbia
Effective as of Fall 2012
RENR 7003 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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