HRT 415: Natural Landscapes, Native Plants and Landscape Restoration

Instructors

  • Dr. Robert Schutzki (lead)
    1066 Bogue St, Room A218
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    (517) 353-0337
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HRT 415: Natural Landscapes, Native Plants and Landscape Restoration

Credits and Offerings

  • 3 credits
  • Fall semester of even years

Course Description

Natural landscapes, native plants and landscape restoration options for the natural and built environment.  Planning and design approaches, site engineering, construction practices, and  management guidelines. Case studies, regulatory policies, contract services, resources and issues of concern will be discussed. 

Course objectives

  1. To develop an understanding of natural plant communities and native plant species and as they relate to new development and restoration approaches for landscapes in the natural and built environments.
  2. To examine design techniques, site development practices, resources and materials and management guidelines used in project implementation.
  3. To expose students to relevant issues involved with natural landscapes in private and public sectors projects

Topics

  • Ecological restoration, landscape restoration and natural landscape options
  • Eco-regions and their relevance to natural plant communities and native plants
  • Natural range, provenance, genotype and phenotype
  • Planning and design approaches used in landscape restoration and natural landscape
  • Site engineering and construction techniques
  • Regulatory issues: federal, state and local  
  • Contract services: public and private sector
  • Resources and suppliers of plants and other materials
  • Management guidelines
  • Current topics and relevant issues: biological diversity; invasive plants; environmental impacts

Activities

  • Site visit to campus natural areas
  • Site development and restoration project