Beyond Basics: Design to Dirt Workshop Series

Expanding upon the success of the 2002 Design to Dirt Workshop series, SER Northwest and its partners pulled together to offer Beyond Basics, the 2005 Design to Dirt Workshop series. An average of 70 individuals participated in each of the three workshops in the series, which was held in Everett, Washington. See the letter from the 2005 Chapter President announcing the workshop series. More information and workshop materials are provided below.


Workshop Sponsors

Presented in partnership by the Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter; University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture; Washington Native Plant Society; NOAA Restoration Center; Snohomish County Public Works and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.


Site Maintenance: The Bane of Habitat Restoration (Workshop 1)

Organized by Gary Smith, Washington Native Plant Society
September 23 – 24, 2005
McCollum Park, Everett, Washington


Workshop Handouts


Vegetation Monitoring: Measuring Success (Workshop 2)

Organized by Scott Moore, Snohomish County Surface Water Management
September 30 – October 1, 2005
McCollum Park, Everett, Washington


Workshop Handouts

  • 2003 Vegetation Monitoring Manual


Revegetation Design and Implementation: Hitting the Right Mark  (Workshop 3)

Organized by Paul Cereghino, NOAA Restoration Center
October 20, 2005
McCollum Park, Everett, Washington


  • The Big Picture by Dyanne Sheldon, Sheldon & Associates
  • The Organics of Restoration Part I by Dyanne Sheldon, Sheldon & Associates and Susan Buis, Washington Department of Transportation
  • The Organics of Restoration Part 2 by Susan Buis, Washington Department of Transportation
  • The Mechanics of Restoration by Bob Keller, EarthCorps
  • Revegetation Design and Installation: Hitting the Right Target by Susan Buis, Paul Cereghino, Bob Keller and Dyanne Sheldon

Workshop Handouts

Cuttings and Bioengineering in Restoration

Estuarine-Shoreline Restoration

Plant Community References

  • Plant Communities of Salt Marsh in Padilla Bay, Washington – Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Teri Granger and Mary Berg
  • Riparian Vegetation Classification of The Columbia River Basin, Washington -WADNR, Rex Crawford Ph.D
  • Puget Trough Coastal Wetland Sanctuaries a Summary Report of Recommended Sites – WADNR, Linda M. Kunze
  • Terrestrial Plant Associations of the Puget Trough Ecoregion, Washington – WADNR, Christopher B. Chappell
  • Baseline Inventory of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plant Species/Communities along Washington’s Pacific Coast – WADNR, The Washington Natural Heritage Program
  • Preliminary Classification of Native, Low Elevation, Freshwater Wetland Vegetation in Western Washington – WADNR, Linda M. Kunze

Restoration Case Studies

  • National Review of Non-Corps Environmental Restoration Projects – David K. Sheffler
  • Washington State Wetland Mitigation Evaluation Study Phase 1: Compliance and Phase 2: Evaluating Success – WDOE

Restoration Monitoring

  • Evaluation of Wetland and Riparian Restoration Projects – Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Jeffrey Davis and Gay Muhlberg
  • Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations – BLM
  • Adopt a Buffer Toolkit: Monitoring and Maintaining Restoration Projects – Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Methods for Evaluating Wetland Condition #4 Study Design for Monitoring Wetlands – EPA
  • Inventory and Monitoring of Salmon Habitat in the Pacific Northwest: Directory and Synthesis of Protocols for Management/Research and Volunteers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia WDFW, ODFW
  • Veg Monitoring Program Handbook – Snohomish County, Washington Surface Water Management

Restoration General Guidance

  • Restoring Rare Native Habitats in the Willamette Valley – Defenders of Wildlife, Bruce H. Campbell
  • How to Plan a Restoration Project – Frosty Hollow Ecological Restoration
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  • A Primer on Habitat Project Costs – Shared Strategy for Puget Sound
  • Forest Landscape Analysis and Design – USDA Forest Service PNW Region
  • WSDOT Roadside Manual Chapter 810 Vegetation Restoration – WSDOT

Riparian-In Channel Restoration

  • Landowners Guide to Fish Habitat Conservation and Restoration Practices
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game, William J. Hauser and Edward W. Weiss
  • Riparian Area Management: Management Techniques in Riparian Areas – Bruce Smith, USFS and Don Pritchard, BLM
  • Effectiveness of LWD in Stream Rehabilitation Projects in Urban Basins – Center for Urban Water Resources Management, Marit Larson
  • Urban Stream Rehabilitation in the Pacific Northwest – EPA
  • Stream Restoration: A Natural Channel Design Handbook – North Carolina Stream Restoration Institute and NC SeaGrant
  • Screen Criteria: Juvenile Fish – NOAA
  • A Guide to Placing Large Wood in Streams – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Road/Stream Crossing: Restoration Guide – ODFW, E. George Robison, Albert Mirati and Maryanne Allen
  • Oregon Aquatic Habitat: Restoration and Enhancement Guide – The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
  • Quantifying Channel Maintenance Instream Flows: An Approach for Gravel Bed Streams in the Western United States – USDA Forest Service
  • Stream Corridor Restoration Principles, Processes and Practices – The Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Working Group
  • Channel Design – WDFW White Paper
  • Management Recommendations for Washington Priority Habitats-Riparian – WDFW
  • Ecological Issues in Floodplains and Riparian Corridors – WDFW White Paper
  • A Citizen’s Guide to Riparian Restoration in Western Washington – WDFW Ecosystems Education

Soil-Site Preparation

  • A Guide to Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic Region – USDA, NRCS
  • Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils – USDA, NRCS
  • Woody Mulch Research Review, Professional Users and Product Availability Survey – Seattle Public Utilities
  • How to Restore Forests in Surface Mined Land – Powell River Project, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Best Management Practices for Reclaiming Surface Mines in Washington and Oregon – WADNR

Wetland Restoration

  • Wetlands and Urbanization: Implications for the Future – WDOE, King County Water and Land Resources Division, University of Washington
  • National Management Measures to Protect and Restore Wetlands and Riparian Areas for Abatement of Nonpoint Source Pollution – EPA
  • Establishing Appropriate Benchmarks for Site Development By Documenting Successional Characteristics Phase 1 and Phase 2 and Standards of Success Annotated Bibliography – WSDOT
  • Freshwater Wetlands in Washington State Vol. 1: A Synthesis of Science – WDOE, WDFW, EPA
  • Restoring Wetlands in Washington: A Guidebook for Wetland Restoration Planning and Implementation – WDOE, Michelle L. Stevens and Ron Vanbiachi