SRJC Course Outlines

11/27/2021 6:54:34 PMNRM 103 Course Outline as of Fall 2010

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 103Title:  RESTORING NATIVE HABITAT  
Full Title:  Restoring Native Habitats
Last Reviewed:10/24/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled2.004 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 192.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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Hands-on approach to restoring local habitats using native plants in the landscape. Overview of natural plant communities as models for restoration.  Course includes study of dominant and typical plant constituents of each plant community in Sonoma County, focusing on species currently used in restoration.  Matching plant species to local conditions for successful restoration, students will do field work at Shone Farm as well as develop individual restoration projects.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Hands-on approach to restoring local habitats using native plants in the landscape. Overview of natural plant communities as models for restoration.  Course includes study of dominant and typical plant constituents of each plant community in Sonoma County, focusing on species currently used in restoration.  Matching plant species to local conditions for successful restoration, students will do field work at Shone Farm as well as develop individual restoration projects.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Perform a site analysis.
2. Describe procedures used in site preparation.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance requirements for re-vegetation projects.
4. Identify exotic and invasive plants and strategies to control them.
5. Discuss the importance of native plant habitat for wildlife.
6. Preserve and maintain a native habitat.
7. Describe the geographic profile of local watersheds.
8. Plan a successful landscape restoration project.
9. Differentiate between restoration and natural landscaping.
10. Demonstrate skill at restoration planting techniques.
11. Perform field monitoring at a restoration site.
12. Make informed selections and purchase seeds and container/bare root/field grown plants.
13. Explain what constitutes relict and restored sites.
14. Select appropriate species of and sources for plants.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Overview
   A.      Defining landscape restoration
   B.      Geographic profile of a watershed
   C.      Local plant communities and associations
II.  Site analysis
    A.      Physical factors
            1.      Soils
            2.      Exposure
            3.      Climate
    B.      Plant/wildlife survey
    C.      Desired vegetation type
            1. Analysis
            2. Species selection
    D.  Invasive and exotic species
III.  Project Planning and Goals
    A.      Natural versus restoration landscaping
            1. Human needs
                a. Recreation
                b. Waste water sites
                c. Flood control areas
            2. Ecological needs
                a. Importance of native plant habitat for wildlife
                b. Requirements for encouraging wildlife
            3. Use of relict and restored sites to establish goals
    B.      Timelines
    C.      Materials
            1. Selecting appropriate species
            2. Sources for plants
    D.      Layout
            1. Blueprints and specs
            2. Topographic maps
            3. Geologic surveys
IV.  Salvage Considerations
    A.      On/off site
    B.      Plants
    C.      Soil
    D.      Techniques
V.  Succession
VI.  Restoring healthy soils
    A.      Mycorrhizae
    B.      Weeds
    C.      Mulches
VII. Invasive species
    A.      Identification techniques
    B.      Removal
    C.      Pesticides
VIII.  Out planting requirements and techniques
    A.      Site preparation for planting
    B.      On site layout techniques for materials
    C.      Plant protection strategies
    D.      Efficient labor techniques
    E.      Tools used in restoration
    F.      Field monitoring practices
    G.      Record keeping
IX.  Maintenance of revegetation projects
    A.      Irrigation
    B.      Weed control
    C.      Grazing
    D.      Fire
    E.      Pest control
    F.      Thinning and replanting
X.  Ecological restoration resources
    A.      Books
    B.      Web
    C.      Government agencies
    D.      Community based projects
            1. Environmental groups
            2. Landowners

Assignments:
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1.   Weekly reading assignment: 10 - 20 pages.
2.   Individually planned restoration project, written (4 - 8 pages), graded 50% problem solving, 50% writing.
3.   Oral presentation of project.
4.   Field work: restoration activities at Shone Farm.
5.   Lab activities:
       a. Plant identification techniques;
       b. Planting techniques;
       c. Invasive species removal.
6.   Quizzes (2-5), final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Restoration project
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Field work, Restoration project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Lab & field techniques
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation; oral presentation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Flora of Sonoma County.  Best, Howell, Knight, Wells.  California Native Plant Society.  1996.
Landscape Restoration Handbook.  Harker, Libby, Harker, Evans, Evans. Lewis Publishers.  1999.
A Guide to Restoring Native Riparian Habitat in the Russian River Watershed.  Sonoma County Water Agency an Circuit Rider Productions, Inc. Circuit Rider Productions.  1998.
Know Your Natives.  Jeanette Wrysinski.  Yolo County Resource Conservation District.  2000.
Jepson Manual, Higher Plants of California.  James C. Hickman.  Regents of the University of  California. 1993
(Texts are classics in the field.)

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