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A Primer on Inland Wetlands Creation and Restoration for Design Professionals

Patrick C. Garner, PLS

This course is a supplement to A WETLAND PRIMER FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS and ADVANCED WETLANDS PRIMER: FIELD EVALUATION & PERMITTING by the same author. Although a basic understanding of wetlands—crucial for architects, engineers, land surveyors, contractors and landscape architects—is presented in those two courses, design professionals are often expected to understand the fundamentals of wetland creation and restoration.

Today numerous projects are coupled with wetland creation or restoration permitting conditions . Fulfilling these conditions is no easy task, given that a project must meet certain criteria for success—for instance, a 75% success rate for plantings after two or three growing seasons.

Further, the disquieting fact is that more than 50% of created or restored wetlands nationwide fail within a few years. New wetlands may be subject to massive plant die-off, invasions by unintended or non-native plants and insects, or are planted with incorrect species (usually as the result of poor monitoring during initial construction). Other factors can impact them as well.

Upon completing A PRIMER ON INLAND WETLANDS CREATION AND RESTORATION FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS, you will understand the basic parameters required for all successful inland wetland creation. You will also be introduced to a sample report of a proposed restoration project, and learn how to approach a problem site. Finally, you will have been exposed to the obvious pitfalls and the critical tools necessary to design a successful wetland.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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