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United States Forest Service & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program
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The United States Forest Service & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program
January 18, 2018 – March 10, 2018
Back to Natives Restoration, in a cooperative agreement with the Cleveland National Forest, provides hands on habitat restoration training over the course of a 7 week training program. Each training session focused on specific aspects of the restoration process from tool and trail safety training, to native and non-native plant identification, proper site entry/exit protocol as well as mechanical/physical abatement techniques to reduce soil disturbance and possible weed seed germination. Graduates of this course are certified to lead groups of volunteers in habitat restoration projects. This is a REAL CLASS. Expect weekly quizzes, homework and a final exam!
When: Thursdays 6 – 9PM & Saturdays 8AM-2PM
Students gathered for a safety meeting before beginning hands-on training in the USFS BTN Restoration Training class.Jan. 19 Orientation
Jan. 21 Field Lab: Site Assessment
Jan. 26 Site Assessment
Jan. 28 USFS Volunteer Training
Feb. 2 Supervising Volunteers/Herbaceous Perennials
Feb. 4 Field Lab: Supervising Volunteers/ Perennials
Feb. 9 Shrubs & Small trees
Feb. 11 Field Lab: Shrubs & small trees
Feb. 16 Mustards, Chemical/Bio Controls
Feb. 18 Field Lab: Mustards
Feb. 23 Sub-Shrubs
Feb. 25 Field Lab: Sub-Shrubs
Mar. 2 Final Exam – written
Mar. 4 Final Exam – practical
restoration trainingWhere: Field Labs will be in the Cleveland National Forest and other locations TBA within Orange County.
Who’s invited: Anyone interested in hiking Orange County trails to identify invasive plants, remove them when possible, and report them when assistance is needed. Staff and Volunteers from all wildland agencies, organizations and non-profits are also welcome to participate, and then share the knowledge and skills gained to restore their own lands. Age requirement: 16 years and older. Individuals younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.
Cost (incl. tool sanitization kit and textbook: Invasive Plants of California’s Wildlands by Bossard, Randall & Hoshovsky):
Volunteers: $150.00 & two hours of time spent volunteering with Back to Natives monthly for a year after graduation. Certification received AFTER volunteer hours are completed.
Agency/organization staff: $300.00. Certification received IMMEDIATELY upon graduation.
Why: Ecological restoration is a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing healthy ecosystems. This program is for those interested in the restoration and conservation of Orange County wildlands. Successful habitat restoration ensures that native species are protected while non-native species are removed efficiently, and with minimal human impact to the site. This program will acquaint participants with non-chemical, low impact weed removal methods.
Registration: Coming soon!