Course Description

420.615 - Environmental Restoration

This field-centered course focuses on river, freshwater tidal wetland, serpentine and deforested grassland environments that have been restored or designed in the southern Pennsylvania, Maryland and DC region. Knowledge of prehistoric and paleoecological conditions and post-settlement impact along with modern ecological studies provide important long-term guidelines for restoration, mitigation and conservation measures. Field trips are an integral component of this course with possible locations to include Gettysburg Battlefield, PA; Soldiers Delight Environmental Area, Little Falls and First Mine Run in northern Baltimore County; Big Spring Run Restoration in Lancaster, PA; Severn River Coastal Plain forest, sweet bay magnolia bog and cedar bog in Anne Arundel County; and the restored Kenilworth Marsh in DC. Weekly classroom sessions include plant identification of grasses, sedges and trees, and background data on vegetation, land use history and paleoecological data. The pros and cons of different restoration and conservation approaches regarding effectiveness and sustainability are reviewed. Prerequisite: 420.611 Principles and Methods of Ecology, equivalent course, or experience.