Ecosystems provide humanity with the products and services needed to sustain a high quality of life on this planet. Unfortunately, urban development and mechanical disturbance destroy or damage over 400 square miles of ecosystems every year in the United States alone (Johnson, Brown, Loveland, & Theobald, 2005). However, with thoughtful preservation and restoration, living systems can be integrated into our built environments and can continue to provide services such as clean air, clean water, climate regulation, wildlife habitat, and improved human health and well-being.
Cities around the world recognize these benefits and are working to weave ecosystem function into their urban fabric. Professionals with the skills to preserve and restore habitat can help cities achieve sustainability and improve the lives of billions of people across the globe.
This course will help students understand how our design and management of habitat in urban areas affects the services it provides to the community. It will discuss the processes that drive the development of ecosystems and how these processes can be used to restore and manage nature in urban settings. The course will cover strategies for habitat mitigation. It will also discuss the components of restoration and Integrated Pest Management plans. Lastly, the course will describe strategies for achieving community understanding and support for urban habitat conservation.
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Define habitat.
• Identify indicators of healthy habitat.
• Describe the value to human health and well-being of habitat in urban ecosystems.
• Discuss natural processes that drive the development of ecosystems.
• Discuss strategies for habitat conservation and restoration.
• List the steps of the mitigation process.
• Recognize the components of a restoration plan.
• List the steps of Integrated Pest Management.
• List the steps of Adaptive Management.
• Contrast ecosystem restoration and management.
• Discuss ways of communicating the intent in preserved or restored habitat.
W. Matt McCaw