SRJC Course Outlines

9/28/2020 9:46:34 PMNRM 103 Course Outline as of Summer 2017

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 Scheduled3.004 max.Lecture Scheduled12.00
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled2.002 min.Lab Scheduled8.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total20.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  24.00Total Student Learning Hours: 44.00 

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: 
Formerly: 

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 major plant communities in Sonoma County, focusing on species currently used in restoration. Students will do field work at Shone Farm for other Sonoma County locations, matching plant species to local conditions for successful restoration/reforestation.

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 major plant communities in Sonoma County, focusing on species currently used in restoration. Students will do field work at Shone Farm for other Sonoma County locations, matching plant species to local conditions for successful restoration/reforestation.
(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

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Students will be able to:
Demonstrate skills in planning and planting techniques for restoring, monitoring, and maintaining a restoration project.

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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. Differentiate between restoration and natural landscaping.
8. Demonstrate skill at restoration planting techniques.
9. 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. Desired vegetation type*
         1. Analysis
         2. Species selection
    C. Invasive and exotic species
III.  Project Planning and Goals
    A. Natural versus restoration landscaping
         1. Human needs
              a. Recreation
              b. Flood control areas
         2. Ecological needs
              a. Importance of native plant habitat for wildlife
              b. Requirements for encouraging wildlife
    B. Materials
         1. Selecting appropriate species
         2. Sources for plants
IV. Restoring healthy soils
    A. Mycorrhizae
    B. Weeds
    C. Mulches
V. Invasive species*
    A. Identification techniques
    B. Removal
    C. Pesticides
VI. 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
VII. Maintenance of revegetation projects*
    A. Irrigation
    B. Weed control
    C. Grazing
    D. Fire
    E. Pest control
    F. Thinning and replanting
VIII. Ecological restoration resources
    A. Books
    B. Web
    C. Government agencies
    D. Community based projects
         1. Environmental groups
         2. Landowners
* This part of the course will also be covered during lab time.

Assignments:
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1.   Weekly reading assignment: 5-10 pages.
2.   Restoration planning and project
3.   Field work: restoration planning at Shone Farm or other lands in Sonoma County.
4.   Lab activities
       a. Plant identification techniques
       b. Planting techniques
       c. Invasive species removal

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
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Field work, Restoration planning and project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Lab activities and field techniques
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Guide to Restoring Native Riparian Habitat in the Russian River Watershed. Gaffeny, Karen. Sonoma County Water Agency and Circuit Rider Productions: 1998 (classic)
Know Your Natives. Wrysinski, Jeanette. Yolo County Resource Conservation District: 2000 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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