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RENR 7007 - Planning for Ecological Restoration

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

​This course is a practical approach to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the "how to" information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The course sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. The first part of the course introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from text book and local restoration sites. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The second half of the course shows how that same "thinking" and "doing" can be applied to North America's major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale. Class content is supported by numerous field tours.


​Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 47016

Thu Sep 10 - Thu Dec 10 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 10 Thu 10:00 - 14:00 BBY Online Delivery


Eric Anderson

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration Degree Program. Students will require department approval prior to registration. Contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or call her at 778-331-1392 for approval.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the importance of: assessing the health of ecosystems, indicators of healthy ecosystems, importance of diversity.
  • Describe and implement the ten-step process for ecological restoration.
    • Step 1: Mapping and inventory
    • Step 2: Investigate the history of the landscape
    • Step 3: Interpretation of landscape change
    • Step 4: Develop realistic goals and objectives
    • Step 5: Prepare a plan
    • Step 6: Develop and initiate a monitoring program
    • Step 7: Implement the plan
    • Step 8: Document change and maintain records
    • Step 9: Periodically reevaluate the program
    • Step 10: Communication and education.
  • Develop a restoration plan – a detailed coverage of steps 1 to 8.
  • Detail the implementation of a restoration project.
    • Working at the right scale
    • Where to start
    • Establishing desired future condition and using reference ecosystems
    • Using ecological succession & natural disturbance in restoration
    • Working with nature, not against her
    • Recruiting volunteers and hiring professional
    • Commonly employed techniques
    • A management plan.
  • Monitor progress.
    • Affirming measurable outcomes
    • Basic monitoring techniques
    • Other benefits of monitoring
  • Apply restoration to different types of ecosystems.
    • Grassland
    • Forest ecosystems
    • Wetland restoration
    • Stream restoration
    • Desert restoration.
  • Understand restoration needs and funding in B.C.
    • Finding funding & stakeholder and community support
    • Permits and approvals
    • Aquatic and terrestrial restoration priorities in British Columbia.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

RENR 7007 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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