Habitat Restoration and Mitigation


Habitat Restoration and Mitigation

This group is for people with experience or interest in the restoration and mitigation

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Landscape Architecture Discussion Forum

Seeding vs. Plugs or Container Plants

Started by CortneyK Aug 16, 2010.

Environmental Conditions, Haiti

Started by Daniel Kovach Mar 4, 2010.

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Comment by Bruno Marques on August 28, 2012 at 11:40am

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Comment by Charles McDowell on September 14, 2011 at 2:32pm
Tanya, thanks for the advice. My first option would be to get professional experience in restoration design before I go back to school and I'm very much looking into that but also looking to keep my options open. Also, thanks for the advice about the portfolio, that's something that I'm aware of but it slipped my mind at the time. Changing now, thanks!
Comment by Tanya Olson on September 14, 2011 at 2:25pm

Hey Charles - rather than spending more $$$ you might try an internship with someplace like Barr Engineering in Minneapolis - they have a lengthy restroration portfolio. If you want hands-on experience you might call them to ask who does the installation of their projects. Ann Riley's Waterways Restoration Institute in Berkley, CA might be a good internship opportunity.

I don't know that you will find what you are looking for in an engineering program - most restoration experts I know came from a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture or a landscape ecology background. MAYBE environmental engineering, but you have to be very careful about the program.

Also - a word of warning - you probably should not call yourself a landscape architect on your portfolio. I don't know what your state's laws are, but most specifically prohibit that title unless you are licensed.....

Best of luck! Tanya


Comment by Charles McDowell on September 14, 2011 at 1:50pm

Hi, I am a recent MLA graduate, with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and am considering continuing my education to give me a more technical background in restoration design. My specific interest lies in urban water management and urban stream systems. I have a few questions related to continuing education:


1. If I am interested in urban stream design what degree path would be most applicable? I have been looking into Master of Engineering in an "environmental engineering" path, and have also been looking at MS programs in "watershed management".


2. Since I have an MLA degree, I do not have the undergraduate experience and prerequisites of say a civil engineer or biology/chemistry major going into these types of graduate programs. Will this have an impact on my application or am I even qualified for these types of programs?


3. Does anyone have any recommendations on what specific programs would be good for my area of interest? For no other reason than that I am from the Midwest and have an attraction to the north I have been looking at the Sustainable Water Systems program at Michigan (http://ess.umich.edu/specializations/sustainable-water-systems/) and the Water Resources Science graduate program at Minnesota (http://wrs.umn.edu/index.htm). Are there any thoughts on these programs or other programs like it that I should look into?


To learn more about my interest please visit my website: http://www.wix.com/charlesmmcdowell/landscapearchitect

or view my master's project: http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/8761


Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

Comment by John Gibbons on January 14, 2010 at 12:22pm
Deltalok USA can provide a solution to to erosion control, vegetated retaining walls, strembank restoration and virtually any soil stabilization project with a GREEN product that reduces GHG by 97% over hardscapes.
Comment by Kerri A on January 14, 2010 at 12:06pm
Thai man builds bamboo wave barrier to reclaim eroded shoreline and reestablish mangrove. (Interestingly, listen how the bamboo also acts as a sound instrument)

Comment by Mike Tupa on March 31, 2009 at 8:44pm
Re Justin and Glass Factory Brownfield conditions.
Is there contamination of anything other than "broken glass" and in what condition would that contaminate be? .. Glass is just another form of sand, I wonder if you could tumble the contaminated ground in something like what they tumble new bricks to make them look old. Smooth off the edges, maybe reduce the size by throwing in some gravel with the glass. Then taking the now not sharp small glass pieces and tilling it deep into the soil. Just a thought.

If it's more than just glass shards then you might either have to remove the contaminant or contain it within an impervious liner envelope, not just cap it. Your state must have a Brownfields program which could refer you to other case studies for your reference. Check with them. Maybe they have a use for the contaminated soil? One never knows.
Comment by Lawrence Greene on March 31, 2009 at 7:13am
In regards to mitigation measures for the redevelopment of brownfield sites, the two design options that I am most familiar with, is to install a 40mil impervious linear and or install 3' of clean fill.
The basic concept is that you are capping the areas of contaminated soils with a liner or with soil.

In regards to the impervious liner, determine the proposed grades throughout the site and then install the linear at the bottom of your excavation (base of the driveway/road base).

In regards to installing the 3' of clean fill, determine the proposed grades throughout the site and then excavate 3' below this and install 3’ of clean fill.

Installing the 3' of clean fill, allows for the greatest flexibility in your design and the use of the site, but will greatly increase your construction cost.

Can you create landforms on the site that will allow you to fill portions of the site so that you can leave the contaminated soils on site?

In the areas of lawn and plantings is the loam contaminated? If so your options are to use the contaminated loam and fence in the areas so there is no skin contact or install the clean fill and loam seed and install plantings.
Comment by Ruthie Wanjiku on March 31, 2009 at 2:25am
Will definitely browse a number of sites and see what they have. . thanks laura

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Landscape Architecture Discussion Forum

Seeding vs. Plugs or Container Plants

Was curious to know if there are any case studies on rain gardens, bio-swales, or constructed wetlands that lookes at various projects planting methodologies, specifically, seeding vs. plugs or container plants, or what use of a combination leads to…Continue

Started by CortneyK Aug 16, 2010.

What skills and credentials are needed for a successful Restoration Ecologist? 4 Replies

Restoration Ecology is what led me to landscape architecture. I saw a feature of a young landscape architect doing restoration work, and I was sold. Fast forward 3 years, and I am just completing my MLA degree. I am now looking for help determining…Continue

Tags: training, restoration

Started by Christa. Last reply by Christa Jun 6, 2010.

Environmental Conditions, Haiti

Good Afternoon All; The January earthquake has not only demanded immediate relief efforts, but has also focused attention on the degraded condition of the Haitian ecosystem.  Is anyone aware of good sources of current data or mapping of conditions? …Continue

Tags: Reforestation, Haiti, Reclamation, Control, Erosion

Started by Daniel Kovach Mar 4, 2010.


Check this out:"Restoring rivers to their natural state is now hit-and-miss, primarily because scientists don't really know what makes a river meander. A scale model using alfalfa sprouts to represent vegetation now shows that strong banks and fine…Continue

Started by Kerri A Oct 5, 2009.

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