NATR 145: Restoration Ecology

Credits 3 Lecture hours per quarter 33
Quarter Offered

Introduction to restoration ecology theory with a focus on the recovery of Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Students will explore the impact of economics, climate change, pollution, and other disturbances that degrade ecosystems. Class includes methods for reliably collecting and recording data, and methods for restoring damaged environments and sustaining healthy ecosystems. This class may include students from multiple sections.

  1. Discuss the human impact on restoration ecology and the land management practices that influence restoration ecology.
  2. Interpret maps, including land use maps and topographical maps.
  3. Compare and contrast restoration work in urban, DNR, USFS, and tribal land.
  4. Demonstrate the use of a map to identify land management agencies that manage specific sites, and the boundaries of that site.
  5. Record data and develop a plan for restoring an ecosystem.
  6. Analyze the scientific and logistical challenges of applying restoration ecology concepts into a restoration plan.