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Site assessment and setting restoration goals

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Online course


Julia Bohnen, CFANS researcher
bohne001@umn.edu or 612-624-0779

This course simulates the initial steps of planning a restoration project, from gathering background information to collecting relevant data, then using the information to formulate restoration goals.

This course is a prerequisite to taking the other courses in the Ecological Restoration certificate.

In this course, learn how to:

  • Gather and analyze data needed for assessing the ecological conditions of degraded sites.
  • Diagnose the restoration needs of a site prior to restoration.
  • Plan meaningful project goals.

What is a site assessment?

Site assessments range from basic rapid assessments of the restoration site to complex quantitative and comprehensive evaluations, yet all assessments have several components in common. This course will introduce you to these assessment components, which are critical to successful site assessment and clear goal-setting. 

  • Topography
  • Soil
  • Land use
  • Hydrology
  • Vegetation and biodiversity

This course is part of a certificate program.

View other courses in the Ecological Restoration Online series





Registration is required by January 8, 2021.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations after registration closes. Cancellations prior to the close of registration will be fully refunded minus transaction fees.

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