ULC Course Description

Riparian Zone Ecology/Restoration/MGT
Control Number: 281
Course Number: 33REM01A
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This course addresses planning and management issues that pertain to riparian (streamside) ecosystems in a variety of ecological and geographical settings. Emphasis is placed on the ecology, restoration and stewardship of riparian habitats associated with Civil Works projects and activities. Students will receive instruction on the functions and ecological importance of riparian zones, conservation needs, potential impacts resulting from various land use practices, and restoration and management techniques that can be applied to maintain or improve riparian systems.

Through a series of lectures, practical exercises, and field activities, students will be introduced to the following topics: (a) riparian functions, values, and trends; (b) riparian ecology (vegetation, fauna; will include sessions on the importance of riparian zones to mammals (emphasis on bats), reptiles/amphibians, and neotropical migrant birds); (c) inventory and monitoring techniques; (d) impacts (hydrologic changes, vegetation modification, non-native invasive species, agricultural practices, bank erosion, non-point source pollution); (e) restoration methods (including monitoring and adaptive management); (f) fluvial geomorphology combined with a multitude of stream/riparian restoration case studies, and (g) management strategies (including development of appropriate designs for corridors and buffer strips). Students will participate in a day-long field trip to local rivers and a large dam removal site with associated restored riparian floodplains, to examine riparian habitats and demonstrate restoration monitoring and adaptive management techniques. Case studies will be presented on riparian issues at Civil Works projects and military installations. SUBJECTS AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Students will be able to characterize riparian habitats, understand the functions and values of these habitats, and make the most appropriate decisions regarding their restoration, use, conservation, and management from an ecosystem perspective. Applicable laws, regulations, and agency policies will be reviewed. Students will be able to identify specific techniques and procedures for inventorying, assessing, analyzing, and evaluating the status of riparian resources and associated impacts upon these resources.

Nominee assignments should be: (a) primarily technical personnel whose duties involve the identification, evaluation, analysis, protection or management of ecological resources. Project and Program Managers responsible for project and program management activities, particularly those involving ecosystem restoration, would also benefit; (b) Occupational series: 0020s, 0150, 0185, 0190, 0198, 0400s, 0800s, 1023, 1350 to include physical scientists, environmental protection specialists, and hydrologists; and (c) Grade: GS-09 or above. Disciplines (other than the above) may be accepted provided nominee's present or anticipated duties involve the management, analysis, identification, protection, or evaluation of ecological/natural resources.


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