Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN)
Capstone Course


ENVIR/ESRM/BES/TESC 462-463-464

AUTUMN

 

Capstone I: ENVIR/ESRM/BES/TESC 462
Autumn 2009

Time: Fridays, 1-3 pm

*classes will start promptly at 1:00 and you are expected to allow sufficient travel time to arrive on time.

Location: Douglas Classroom at the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture (UWBG/CUH) directions map

Parking: Free parking is available while you are in class and on class business in the lot next to Douglas Classroom.

Required text: Clewell & Aronson, Ecological Restoration: Principals, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession

Field trips: One in-class Friday & two all-day Saturday :

Friday, Oct 9th, 1-4PM - project sites

Saturday, October 10th, 9AM-2PM - project sites

Saturday, October 24th, 9AM-2PM - site assessment exercise

The field trips will leave from the east parking lot of UWBG/CUH promptly at 1PM on Friday Oct 9 and 9AM on Saturday Oct 10. Transportation will be provided in UW vans. The Saturday Oct 24th site assessment exercise will take place at UWBG/CUH. Meet in the headhouse at 9AM.

Meetings: Two extended 3 hour classes for 30 minute team meetings with instructors and project partners. Meeting times will be assigned and posted below in the class schedule table:

Friday, October 30th, 1230-330PM Team/project partner/instructor meetings

Friday, November 20th, 1230-330PM Team/instructor meetings

Class bulletin board: We utilize the Catalyst GoPost tool to share information. Please check and participate in the class bulletin board frequently.

Assignment submittal: We use the Catalyst Collect It tool to receive assignments and return reviews. Links to the Collect It dropboxes are highlighted in the 'assingments' column below.

 

AUTUMN 2009 CLASS SCHEDULE

WEEK
CLASS ACTIVITY
CLASS SCHEDULING
EXERCISE & PROJECT HANDOUTS
ASSIGNMENTS
1

October 2

course mechanics
introduction to ecological restoration

fill out forms

2

October 9

field trip - project sites

1-4PM

120 - Madrona Woods
215 - Yesler Creek
315 - Island Grove

 
DUE: field trip form & student questionnaire
 

October 10

field trip - project sites

9AM-2PM

1000 - Cotton Hill
1200 - Earth Sanctuary

   

3

October 16

teams assigned
team dynamics
conduct, health & safety
site assessment

DUE: Project ranking for team assignments, Tuesday October 13, midnight

submit team contact information
sign conduct, health & safety forms

4

October 23

restoration design
proposal development

site assessment field instructions

site assessment report instructions

 

October 24

site assessment exercise

9AM-2PM
 
5

October 30

client/team/instructor meetings


1230-330PM

meeting times
1230-pierce oaks
1 - cotton hill
130 - earth sanc
2 - madrona
230 - island grove
3 - yesler

330 -MV green alleys

 

 

6

 

November 6

plant selection

 

plant selection
classroom lab

 

 

7

November 13

invasive species identification, management & control

guest lecture by
Sasha Shaw
King County Noxious Weed Control

 

 

 

8

November 20

instructor/team meetings to review proposal

1230-330PM

meeting times
1230-pierce oaks
1 - cotton hill
130 - earth sanc
2 - madrona
230 - island grove
3 - yesler
330 -MV green alleys


 

DUE: Project site assessment and draft proposal
Weds November 18th, 5PM

9

November 27


Thanksgiving holiday

no class

 

 

10

December 4

site preparation
project management: scheduling & sequencing

 
11

December 11

work plan development
peer & course evaluations
last class of quarter

last day of class

Work plan instructions

peer & course evaluations
client approval of proposal

Class Readings & Resources

Follow the links in this table for readings and resources pertainent to that week's lecture/exercise. The required readings should be read BEFORE CLASS .
You are encouraged to read the suggested readings and use the supplemental resources when applicable to the assignments.

WEEK

REQUIRED READINGS
SUGGESTED READINGS

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

1

Clewell & Aronson,
chps. 1, 2 & 9

Introductory lecture - ecological principals

SER primer

Science 2006 article - Collaborative ecological restoration

Hobbs & Harris (2001) Restoration in the new millenium

Selected readings in ecological theory

2

Project RFPs
Earth Sanctuary

Madrona Woods

Island Grove

Yesler Creek Ravine

Cotton Hill Park

Pierce College

 

 


3

Clewell & Aronson,
chps. 4
& 5

reference site guide

SER guidelines for ecological restoration projects

GSP Tree-iage analysis

Site conditions tables

Benchmarks for woody vegetation in wetlands

Site assessment resources

Using binomial nomenclature in writing

NRCS web soil survey

 

4

Clewell & Aronson,
chps. 6 & 10

Restoration design lecture

 

Technical report writing tips

5

   

 

6

Kern's plant selection & acquisition lecture

 

 

Plant forms

Warren's plant selection resource list

A guide to vascular plant anatomy

A guide to the pronunciation of biological latin

Puget Sound Lowland native and nonnative plants

USDA Plants Database

Burke WTU Herbarium photo gallery

USFS Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) plants database

ESRM 412 Native Plant Production restoration species specifications

O. D. Hyde Herbarium at UWBG Center for Urban Horticulture

USDA NRCS Plant materials technical note #1: Plant species with rooting ability from live hardwood materials

Sound Native Plants information sheets

WACD PMC stock types guide

7

Invasive plants lecture

Bradley method

King County Noxious Weed Board web site

Invasipedia

PNW Weed Management Handbook

Washington State Noxious Weed Control

 

8

   

 

9

 

 

 

10
Habitat features concepts & guidelines

Site preparation handout

Plant-it-right guide

Plant installation & site preparation

Planting & amendments

Plant root-soil water relationship
 

Habitat features
bat boxes

bird boxes

herp structures

snags

Sound Native Plants information sheets

Autumn Quarter Grading

PLEASE NOTE! For UW Seattle students a final grade will not be posted to your transcripts until you have completed ALL THREE quarters of the capstone series. For autumn & winter quarters you will receive a 'N' grade. This is a placeholder grade that means student performance is satisfactory and the final grade is contingent on completing the course series. UW Tacoma & Bothell students will receive the a normal grade i.e. the one you earned that quarter.

You will be graded based on three team assignments and individual participation in class. Each team assignment will be evaluated by the instructors and TA and receive a grade reached by consensus. Individual grades will be calculated using peer evaluations as outlined on the peer evaluation form in your course packet. Individual participation will be assessed based on class attendance and level of engagement in presentations and field exercises. The grade distribution is as follows:

 

Assignment

Percent of grade

Due date

Project site assessment

20

November 18th

First draft of proposal

30

November 18th

Final draft of proposal

40

December 4th

Individual participation

10

All quarter

 

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