Selection and Propagation of Native Plants for Ecological Restoration

PART OF: Restoration of Natural Systems - Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems - Diploma

Course description

This course introduces students to the principles of native plant selection and propagation to meet site-specific ecosystem restoration objectives.

Through a combination of class notes, selected readings and video presentations, we’ll focus on low-technology propagation techniques: by seed, vegetative methods and salvage of plant materials.

We’ll also examine the role of artificial propagation in ecosystem restoration, rehabilitation and reclamation, while considering the criteria for species selection and both ethical and scientific principles for the collection of propagation materials.

The course concludes with a discussion of the techniques of:

  • site stabilization
  • site preparation
  • out-planting
  • seeding
  • bioengineering (technique of using live plant materials to form all or part of an engineered structure to stabilize a problem site)

Course code: ER332

How to register

To register, please call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator (ecorestoration@uvic.ca) before registering.

Credit (diploma) students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

Non-credit (certificate) students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Additional course details

Course credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.

Format

Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.

Prerequisites

Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

Next offering

Sept. to Dec., 2018