May 20, 2022  
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ENV 160 - Restoring Plant Communities

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
Introduction to the restoration of native plant communities in Iowa. Identification of common native prairie, savanna, forest and wetland communities, common plants and animals. Identification of invasive plants. Field techniques for reestablishment and maintenance of native plant communities. Supervised field work at actual restoration sites.
Prerequisite: ENV 115 , ENV 116 , ENV 138 or instructor permission
Competencies
  1. Differentiate between woodland plant communities
    1. Identify factors determining which woodland plant communities are found in certain locales
    2. Identify characteristic plants of woodland plant communities
    3. Identify animals characteristic of woodland plant communities
    4. Identify human practices affecting woodland plant communities
    5. Characterize woodland borders
  2. Identify strategies for restoration of woodland plant communities
  3. Differentiate between prairie plant communities
    1. Identify factors determining which prairie plant communities are found in certain locales
    2. Identify characteristic plants of prairie plant communities
    3. Identify animals characteristic of prairie plant communities
    4. Identify human practices affecting prairie plant communities
    5. Identify food chains in prairie plant communities
    6. Characterize prairie borders
  4. Identify the benefits of planting only with local ecotype seed
  5. Identify strategies for restoration of prairie plant communities
  6. Differentiate between wetland plant communities
    1. Identify factors determining which wetland plant communities are found in certain locales
    2. Identify characteristic plants of wetland plant communities
    3. Identify animals characteristic of wetland plant communities
    4. Identify human practices affecting wetland plant communities
    5. Identify food chains in wetland plant communities
    6. Characterize wetland boarders
  7. Identify strategies for restoration wetland plant communities
  8. Identify strategies for establishing riparian buffers
  9. Assist in restoration of a native Iowa plant community
    1. Use appropriate tools and techniques
    2. Describe year-round timing for restoration activities
    3. Evaluate choices for obtaining plant material
  10. Discuss ethical considerations in plant community restoration



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