About this Course
This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the process for designing wetland restorations, including design parameters, construction considerations and long-term management. It'll also emphasize field identification of the most common freshwater and estuarine plants in the Puget Sound region.
Three class meetings are conducted exclusively in the field, including visits to constructed fresh and saltwater restoration sites. You’ll examine woody and herbaceous plants commonly found in wetland sites and their upland buffers (students are required to identify about 70 plants by the end of the term).
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Ecological and watershed approaches for selecting restoration/mitigation sites
- How to formulate the fundamentals of process-based wetland restoration/mitigation at a conceptual level
- Construction methods and best management practices for restoration/mitigation sites incorporating ecologically effective goals and objectives
- Differences between designing restoration versus mitigation sites
- The taxonomy and field identification of more than 60 woody and herbaceous plants commonly found in Western Washington wetlands and their upland buffers