||Habitat Site Restoration
September 15, 2015: 8:30am - 4:30pm
September 16, 2015: 8:30am - 4:30pm
||Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
(Before August 8, 2015)
*Registered attendees will receive a PDF copy of course materials prior to the class. A physical book can be purchased for an additional $50 charge. To purchase, select "Physical Book" above.
This 2-day course provides participants first with a broad overview of Site Restoration/Mitigation, and then expands to an examination of specific steps used for innovative restoration and mitigation planning and implementation, applicable to western North America.
Restoration/mitigation programs should address all aspects of a site’s ecosystem, rather than simply enhancing a particular species or group of species. With this in mind, course material is designed to introduce a complete approach. Topics covered include restoration/mitigation planning; research needs; regulatory and permit coordination; early considerations of unanticipated effects, bioengineering, best management practices (BMPs), cost estimation, maintenance of the mitigation, provisions to be taken during all phase of the implementation to ensure success, and how to quantify success in terms of area and ecological function.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Determine Regulatory Considerations for the planned restoration
• Understand Restoration / Mitigation Planning needs
• Determine suitable Site Conditions and Research Needs
• Understand Needs for Planting Plans
• Determine the Best Monitoring Methodologies
• Anticipate Maintenance Issues
Course Materials: Each attendee will receive a binder containing a syllabus with the course topics, descriptions, and considerations for undertaking restoration/mitigation topics. The syllabus will include an extensive reference list of materials covering aspects of environmental restoration. This syllabus will be distributed at the beginning of the class.
*Reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, nonprofits, students and NAEP members.
You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274.
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.
Biologists, landscape architects, planners, and environmental engineers. The course will be designed for those with limited to moderate amounts of experience in natural area management, natural resource management or in environmental permitting.
Continuing Education Units: 1.30 CEUs
A basic understanding of natural resource management.
Registered attendees will receive a PDF copy of course materials prior to the class. A physical book can be purchased for an additional $50 charge. To purchase, select "Physical Book" above.
- Realistic Restoration/Mitigation Goals
- Background Research into Historic and Expected Site Conditions
- Regulatory and Planning Issues to Address
- Considerations of unanticipated effects (erosion, mosquito populations in created wetlands, drought/flooding, outside influences)
- Soil/Water Needs of Selected Vegetation
- Restoration/Mitigation Planning
- Responsibility of Participating Parties
- Pre-Restoration/Mitigation Implementation – Measures and Considerations
- Best Management Practices
- Estimations of Costs
- Implementation Monitoring
- Restoration/Mitigation Materials and Methods Selection
- Maintenance Methods, Anticipated and Unanticipated
- Development of Practical Monitoring Requirements
- Monitoring Techniques
- Performance Standards – What Can Be Realistically Expected.
- Protecting Your Investment: Measures for Long-Term
- Success of the Restoration/Mitigation Project
About the Instructor
Larry has been an ecologist for 40 years, with experience in both the public and private sectors. With a M.S. degree in biology from Baylor University, with his thesis researching primary production in east Texas peatlands, his interest through the years has been on the ecological functions of natural systems. He has worked as a natural resources biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (park operations), an ecologist for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in coastal management and wetland regulation, and as an ecological consultant in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Larry has written a number of journal and newsletter articles, and has participated in a number of conferences over the years. He recently published his new e-book, "Creative Habitat Restoration: Comprehensive Planning, Implementation, and Long-Term Management".
Larry has taught courses in habitat restoration in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, and in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has mentored many entry-level biologists in the science of habitat restoration.
What to Bring
Please bring a pen or pencil, and notepad if you would like to take notes (you may also choose to take notes in your book). Lunch will be on your own, but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.
If You Need to Cancel
With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
- With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
- With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available
*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time
To request disability accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.