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RENR 7005 - Field Skills for Ecological Restoration

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course is specifically designed to provide students hands-on training and application of techniques used to monitor and sample the environment and to initiate restoration methods, with an emphasis on stream and riparian habitat. Techniques will include calibration, procedures, and storage of water-sampling equipment, including: multi-parameter meters, flow meters, turbidity meters, and protocols for collecting water samples for lab analysis, etc. Proper setup and use of survey equipment will be taught with hands-on field sessions. Proper log- and rock-cabling techniques will be illustrated using hammer drills and epoxy and various cabling techniques. Level One fish habitat assessment (FHAP) procedure will be taught, as well as stability assessment of in-stream LWD structures. Electrofishing and fish snorkel survey procedures may be included. A strong emphasis will be placed on field safety protocols and establishing safety plans and procedures, with appropriate documentation. Course design will include modules that need to be completed before class, to enhance the hands-on training. Modules included in the class may vary among years. Some modules may be taught on weekends.

Credits

2.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Design a safety plan, and implement it, for a field site.
  • Conduct water sampling and assess results with an emphasis on stream health and identifying potential stressors.
  • Adapt proper log- and rock-drilling procedures and cabling to enhance stream complexity.
  • Design a variety of field sampling procedures, emphasizing safe and accurate methodologies.
  • Conduct Level 1 Fish Habitat Assessment
  • Conduct additional survey techniques, which may include, but not limited to: stream snorkel surveys, electrofishing surveys and beach seines and Gee traps.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

RENR 7005 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science

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