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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Vegetation management for restored ecosystems - Spring 2021

Event information



Online course


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

Restored and degraded ecosystems may take many years to recover. During that time, they need ongoing management because most restorations receive continuous pressure from invasive species. Natural disturbance events like fire, floods, or bison grazing no longer happen as they once did.

Techniques used in two broad categories of management strategies are presented in this course: reestablishing natural disturbances and controlling invasive species.

These strategies are useful for managing vegetation in restored ecosystems after initial establishment and in ecosystems that can be restored solely by implementing management practices, for example, restoring natural communities that do not require planting or seeding.


  • Determine the kinds of natural disturbances that may need to be reestablished on a site and the invasive species that may require management.
  • Use nonchemical management techniques to control invasive species and promote a self-regenerating native plant community.
  • Use chemical management (herbicides) to control invasive species in natural and restored ecosystems.
  • Develop strategies for sites with multiple vegetation challenges that require the use of multiple methods.

This course is part of a certificate program. 

Prerequisite: Site assessment and setting restoration goals.

View other courses in the Ecological Restoration Online series




Registration is required by March 26, 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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