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ASLA Webinars

Learning from Three Decades of Practicing Ecological Restoration in the Upper Midwest (U.S.) - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Nov 19, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Nov 19, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $0.00
Standard: $50.00


Restoring degraded landscapes often brings both surprises and disappointments.  While some changes become apparent after the first year or two of interventions, working on restorations for a decade or more provides valuable lessons and insights for the practice of ecological restoration.  The leaders of this webinar have had the opportunity to work on long-term restorations in a city’s natural areas program and a university botanical gardens and arboretum and will share lessons they have learned over 20-30 years of practice.  Topics will cover the detective work in learning a site’s history and potential for restoration, developing restoration targets and realistic expectations, creating the mechanisms for carrying out a restoration, and committing to the long-term needs of a restoration project.  Emphasis will be on terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest—namely prairies, oak openings, and woodlands.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify background information needed about a site and its history (especially related to plants, soils, and hydrology) before beginning planning a restoration
  • Understand criteria for setting restoration targets and planning a restoration process
  • Understand the need for evaluation and the commitment needed for restoration success

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.


  • Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning


  • Bob Grese, ASLA, Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum; School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
  • David Borneman, Manager, City of Ann Arbor Natural Areas Preservation; David Borneman, LLC, Ecological Restoration/Prescribed Fire Contractor


  • 1.00 - PDH

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