Habitat Restoration

Course Fee: 
Free
Length: 
1 day
none
Level: 
Intermediate
Program Area: 
Trail Work
Course Type: 
Workshop

Students will get an overview of the techniques used in closing down trails to facilitate nature’s restoration, in addition to studying specific examples of why this does not always succeed. When trails are not properly laid out or have an extremely high volume of unanticipated foot traffic, erosion can seriously compromise walkability and appearance. When erosion gets out of control, it sometimes becomes necessary to close a trail permanently and restore it to its natural state. Students participate in a basic trail closure and site rehabilitation that includes transporting organic soils and deadfall into a closed trail, as well as learn how to transplant native plant species such as mountain laurel to help the restoration process.

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