Restoration Professionals: Upcoming Site Visits and New Core Classes

We are delighted to announce several new courses offered through our restoration professional education series. These programs are developed with support from the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, under the guidance of a committed network of professional restoration practitioners actively engaged in restoring habitats in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you can join us for these exciting new learning opportunities!

Site Visit to the Creston-Duwamish Transmission ROW: Managing a Shifting Hydrology in a Wetland Enhancement and Restoration Project

Friday, July 20, 2018, 9-11:30am
Duwamish Hill Preserve, 3800 S 115th St, Tukwila

Instructors: Charlie Vogelheim, Stewardship Coordinator with Forterra, and Rory Denovan, Restoration Ecologist with Seattle City Light
Cost: $45.00
Professional Credits: APLD-1.25, ASLA-2.5, CPH-2, CERP-2.5, ecoPRO-2, NALP/WALP-2.5, Other Professional Credits Pending

Seattle City Light is working on a wetland re-establishment, rehabilitation, and enhancement project in order to mitigate for recent impacts on several wetlands and buffers in Tukwila. The unique project at the Creston-Duwamish Transmission ROW called for the construction of several “hummocks and hollows” within a perched wetland, adjacent to the Duwamish River that would provide several vegetation habitat niches. What should have been a straightforward wetland mitigation project has experienced several challenges due to an unexpectedly shifting hydrology. There is much to take away from this fascinating case study in wetland restoration that sits at the confluence of issues with site history, adjacent properties, climate, and design. More information

 

Site Visit to the Puget Block of the West Duwamish Greenbelt: Restoring a Native Forest

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9am-12pm
South Seattle College, 5649 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Instructor: Michael Yadrick, Jr., Plant Ecologist with Seattle Parks and Recreation
Cost: $45
Professional Credits: Pending

The Duwamish Greenbelts Management Plan identified primary management issues for the Duwamish Greenbelts Reforestation Project, some of which include lack of forest complexity, low forest age and density, and low native plant diversity/high invasive plant occurrence. Several prescriptions outlined tasks for managing the vegetation of the Duwamish, which include managing hazard trees, thin dense forest stands, and identifying/creating canopy gaps. The prescription area is a 24-acre hardwood-dominated forest site to be treated by creating canopy gaps in combination with other restoration practices in order to promote site conditions conducive to conifer establishment and increased native forest diversity. Attendees will understand the reasoning behind, use of, and lessons learned in thinning and other techniques used on this urban forest restoration project. More information

 

Restoration Project Design

Thursday, September 13, 9am-4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Instructors: Rachael West, EarthCorps Project Manager, and Rodney Pond, Executive Director for Sound Salmon Solutions
Cost: $175
Professional Credits: Pending

Class attendees will learn about the restoration project design process in order to plan and implement more successful and cost effective ecological restoration projects. They will learn how to develop a design that meets project goals with the given site conditions and how to respond adaptively to unexpected changes. Attendees will perform a field site evaluation and develop a design in teams. Project objective development, site preparation, installation, maintenance and monitoring will be discussed in the context of the design exercise and their own projects, leaving attendees able to identify important considerations for successfully planning their own projects. More information

 

Restoration Project Management

Thursday, October 4, 9am-4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Instructors: Brenda Clifton, Restoration Ecologist, Skagit River System Cooperative; Ashley ‘GRIZZ’ Gould, Environmental Scientist, King County Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks; and Rachael West, EarthCorps Project Manager
Cost: $175
Professional Credits: Pending

Class attendees will be introduced to restoration-relevant project management concepts in order to plan and implement more successful and cost effective ecological restoration projects. They will leave able to describe important considerations of project management, create a simple project schedule, and create a simple project budget, in addition to being able to identify the most important resources for restoration practitioners to refer to as they manage restoration projects. More information

 

Applying Ecological Concepts and Theories to Restoration Design, Maintenance, and Management

Thursday, October 11, 9am-1pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Instructor: Rodney Pond, Executive Director for Sound Salmon Solutions
Cost: $105
Professional Credits: Pending

Class attendees will learn about the ecological concepts and theories most relevant to restoration project development, design, and implementation in order to increase the resistance and resilience of their own restoration projects. They will learn ways in which ecological concepts and theories can be practically applied using local and global restoration projects as examples as well as in the context of discussing their own projects. More information

 

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