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Kern Ewing
Seattle Campus

Restoration Ecology Capstone: Introduction

First of a three-course capstone sequence in restoration ecology. Students review and assess project plans and installations. Class meets with members of previous capstone classes to review their projects. Recommended: ESRM 201 or ESRM 362. Offered: jointly with ESRM 462/TESC 462/BES 462; A.

Class description

ENVIR 462, 463, and 464 is the Restoration Ecology Network (REN) Senior Capstone,which is open to students from all majors. This is a 3 quarter sequence (AUT, WIN, SPR), and all three quarters must be completed to earn credit.

In the REN Capstone, students of different academic backgrounds work together to complete a local restoration project. Students learn how to plan, design, install, and monitor a restoration project while working in teams.

Clients in the community, including local governments, utilities, non-profits, and private firms, submit RFP's (requests for proposals) to REN concerning restoration problems or opportunities. Our faculty then work with the client to create a mutually acceptable RFP.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

UW Students from all disciplines are eligible to participate in the Restoration Ecology Network Capstone. Students are strongly encouraged to take either general ecology or plant ecology before starting the program; questions about eligibility should be referred to the UWREN advisor.

Fall Quarter (2 credits)- ESRM / ENVIR / BES / TESC 462 Students form assessment groups to review the proposals, plans, installations and other documentation of projects from previous years.

Winter Quarter (3 credits)- ESRM / ENVIR / BES / TESC 463 Student groups respond to RFP's submitted by firms or groups with viable restoration projects. The first student deliverable is a proposal. The client and UW-REN faculty review the proposal. If the proposal is accepted, student groups prepare an implementation plan for the project.

Spring Quarter (5 credits)- ESRM / ENVIR / BES / TESC 464 Students oversee site prep, installation and are involved in adaptive management during this process. Preferably the client provides most of the volunteer labor for installation. Students prepare a maintenance plan and train the client to ensure project success.

See the course website for more details.

Recommended preparation

Students are strongly encouraged to take either general ecology or plant ecology before starting the program. Students should also complete ESRM/ENVIR 362 (Introduction to Restoration Ecology), which can be taken concurrently. Questions about eligibility should be referred to the REN advisor - 206-616-2461,

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Trina M. Sterry
Date: 08/11/2006