Stream and Wetland Restoration Planting & Mitigation: Specifications, Cost Estimates, and Construction Inspection
This half-day class is geared towards those who design and implement compensatory mitigation and restoration projects. The class focuses on factors to consider when designing wetland projects with emphasis on preparing planting specifications and bid documents and how to prepare a cost estimate for your project. It also will include on-the-site tips on inspection of grading, plant materials delivered and getting planting contractors started on their installation in a way appropriate for native plantings (which is different than planting grassy strips in parking lots!).
Course objective and anticipated skill transfer: To provide details on the preparation of planting specifications and bid documents and the on-the-site inspection of grading, plant materials and installation technique by contractors.
Material to be covered: riparian (wetland and upland mitigation design specifications, bid documents including cost estimates and in the field protocols for site grading, plant materials, and installation inspections.
Target audience and recommended prerequisites: those who design stream and wetland mitigation plans. Highly recommend the person have at least preliminary knowledge of common PNW lowland wetland and upland plants. This is not a beginner class.
Recommended pre-symposium reading and/or web site: familiarity with Hitchock and Cronquist Flora of the PNW (any edition) or any field guide to the Flora of the PNW (Pojar and McKinnon, Cooke, Gard)
Dr. Cooke has 38 years of experience in wetlands ecological research and environmental consulting, and 46 years of experience in ecological and geological research, with 39 of those years in the Pacific Northwest. She has run her own company, run Environmental Sections of large consulting firms, and managed vey large civil projects. She specializes in habitat creation, restoration, and enhancement projects, both in design and implementation.
Dr. Cooke's areas of expertise includes: wetland and stream inventories, delineation, restoration/mitigation designs, baseline studies, permitting, and monitoring programs; weed identification and control; rare plant surveys and vegetation mapping; soil assessments; watershed analysis; and environmental assessments in the region. She has extensive experience in classroom instruction of wetlands ecology, restoration ecology and implementation, delineation protocols, functional assessment, weed identification and control, hydric soils, and wetland plant identification. She is a former instructor and a founding instructor for the Wetland Certification Program at the University of Washington and Wetland Ecology and Science for the graduate program at the Evergreen State College. She has been teaching classes for the Coastal Training Program through the Washington State Department of Ecology for fifteen years and has taught Wetland Delineation for the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency and the Wetlands Section of the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is also the senior author/editor of the A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington & Northwestern Oregon.
Recommended pre-symposium reading and/or web site: Familiarity with Hitchock and Cronquist Flora of the PNW (any edition) or any field guide to the Flora of the PNW (Pojar and McKinnon, Cooke, Gard)
2023 River Restoration Symposium Short Courses - Skamania Lodge (View)
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648