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Workshop #3   May 30    8:30 am - 12 pm

Taking Riparian and Wetland Restoration to the Next Level through Holistic Planning

Instructors:
Gina Levesque
Five Smooth Stones Restoration
Livermore, Colorado

Greg Scott
Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jona Tucker
Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Lee Marlowe
San Antonio River Authority
San Antonio, Texas

Materials that students need to bring:
Curiosity, questions, and pencils.

Materials student will receive:
Participants will receive a 3-ring binder containing copies of each Power Point presentation and handouts containing in-depth information on techniques mentioned in presentations.

Learning Objectives:
-- An awareness of how different ground covers support soil health and stability
-- An awareness of the importance of local genetic adaptations
-- Methods of propagating local plant species
-- How to work with local challenges and turn them into positive experiences
-- Learn some of the unique conditions that can create significant challenges for urban restoration projects
-- Learn ways to improve the chances of success and avoid common pitfalls that often lead to failure in urban
    restoration projects
-- Learn some of the unique conditions that can create significant challenges for urban restoration projects
-- Learn ways to improve the chances of success and avoid common pitfalls that often lead to failure in urban restoration projects

At the completion of this workshop students will be able to:
1. Develop cover crop planting regimes that will provide a mulch base for starts of desired riparian species.
2. Use local resources to identify and preserve unique plant species at a project site.
3. Establish riparian areas that are hardy and sustainable based on local adaptation
4. Propagate and/or translocate when appropriate onsite vegetation
5. Achieve greater long-term success establishing riparian areas both in rural and suburban areas

Workshop Description:
This workshop will focus on the benefits and challenges of using local and genetically adapted plants, especially rare species, in restoration projects. Topics covered will include soil condition, new perspectives on cover crops, transplanting and/or growing stock from seed and cuttings, and the challenge of discovering sources for hard to find species for both rural and urban environments. It will conclude with a case study presentation of collaborative effort at The Nature Conservancy’s Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Southern Oklahoma. (We promise this will be worth missing Dave Rosgen’s workshop).