Online Class Series: Restoring Native Open Space

Instructor: Jim Tolstrup, HPEC Executive Director

HPEC Director, Jim Tolstrup, will guide participants through the processes for restoring natural areas, including:

Inventory – assessing the ecological and cultural site conditions of the proposed natural area
Identification – determining the primary landscape functions (aesthetics, water, wildlife and plant conservation) that are important to the project area
Zoning – delineating the project area into functional groups – those that have similar aesthetic needs and desires
Design – developing a plan that mimics the specific ecological attributes and conditions found in high quality natural areas
Implementation – executing the design in the project area making appropriate on-site adjustments to fit the specific site conditions.
After Care – managing the project area making mid-course corrections to achieve the landscape function and conservation goals.

Other topics that may be explored include specific plant materials, weed management issues, habitat requirements for various types of wildlife, and human impacts on natural areas, as well as turning existing common areas and lawns into native grass.

This lecture will take place on Zoom. The meeting details will be emailed to attendees 2-3 days prior to the event.