I. ASSESSMENT OF THE CONDITION OF THE SITE
II. PROPOSAL FOR RESTORATION IN 2004
In previous classes, each group was required to carefully read the reports for prior years and evaluate the success of experiments that were performed. The emphasis this year is for students in each group to evaluate the condition of a site that may include restorations from different years, and to take management actions that will put the site back onto a good restoration trajectory.
Parking lot E-5 was converted to prairie in 1998, and modifications were made to that site in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, a shrub buffer was installed just west of the former E-5 to prevent grasses and other weeds from re-entering th prairie site. In 2002, the emphasis was to move east and south, improving the area along the gravel loop trail.
In addition, your group will propose and implement a forest restoration in the area just east of the junction of the loop trail and Wahkiakum Lane.
You may still experiment, but a rigorous experimental design, unless it can be included seamlessly in the restoration, will not be required. You are still encouraged to compare treatments (mulch vs. no mulch; herbicide vs. no herbicide; burning vs. no burning; etc.)
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE REPORTS PREPARED FOR THE PREVIOUS YEARS FOR YOUR AREA
ASSESS THE CONDITION OF THE SITE
ASSESS THE SUCCESS OF THE RESTORATION
1. Have planted species survived?
2. Have weeds been suppressed?
3. How successful is the mulch treatment?
4. How wet are various parts of your plot, and how wet do you think they will be in the summer?
5. What is the soil like? Is it over-compacted, does it contain organic material, is it rocky, is it layered, is it flooded?
6. Are plants in good condition?
7. What needs to be fixed?
8. Are densities of plantings adequate?
9. Does the site look good?
10. Is succession occurring to your satisfaction?
11. Is the site adequately interpreted using signage?
This year your group will be planting woody vegetation. Trees. Based upon the location, aspect, soils, available moisture, plant materials available, potential site treatments, time of planting: design a deciduous forest restoration installation.
Write a short proposal. The proposal should include the following items.
EXAMPLE OF A REVIEW OF A PROPOSAL