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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
8:30 am – 5:00 pm CDT


Returning Natural Areas to the Landscape 
Natural land systems before development
How much natural area has been lost to development?
Benefits of restoring natural areas
What is ecological restoration?
Micro and macro benefits of restoration
Restoration on micro and macro scales
Raising the issue of restoration with clients

Site Evaluation and Project Design 
Federal and state law and regulation on wetlands, development and ecological issues
Setting restoration goals
Setting project objectives
Evaluating project site

Removing sources of disturbance
Restoring ecological processes
Restoring soil and water
Restoring vegetation
Monitoring and maintenance  

Monitoring and Management
Monitoring criteria and techniques
Long-term project management
Troubleshooting ecological threats
Outside-the-box management techniques 

Regulation and Permitting of Water Resource Restoration Activities   
Clean Water Act and Other Federal regulatory criteria
State regulatory programs
Waters in the U.S. including wetland compliance
Potential local jurisdiction coordination 

Restoration Project Case Studies


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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
7.0 HSW CE Hours

Certified Planners:


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to
determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i) (2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 7 for Certified Planners.

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Jeb Barzen

Jeb Barzen, Ecologist at Private Lands Conservation LLC in Spring Green, WI
Mr. Barzen has a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. degree from University of North Dakota. Both degrees are in Wildlife Biology. For more than 28 years he directed the Field Ecology Department at the International Crane Foundation. That work focused linking crane conservation to private landowners and to meeting the needs of both as well as the needs of ecosystems in which both cranes and people live. Such efforts were based in the concepts of ecosystem restoration. Projects occurred in Wisconsin, China and throughout Southeast Asia. After leaving ICF, Mr. Barzen has used his experience through Private Lands Conservation LLC to focus on developing the economic drivers that will help people implement conservation at ecologically meaningful scales while incorporating ecosystem restoration into those goals.

Andrew Der

Executive Principal of Andrew T. Der & Associates, LLC

As a regionally-recognized water resources practitioner and leader for 32 years, Mr. Der provides regulatory and scientific expertise for public and private sector clients, with a commitment to equitable and sustainable solutions to complex projects while specializing in creative linkages between ecology and engineering. Mr. Der has been in private consulting practice since 2001, first as an associate and director of Environmental Services for two civil engineering firms, then, since 2013, principal of his own consulting firm, Andrew T. Der & Associates, LLC. He previously completed 17 years of service with the Maryland Department of the Environment as a manager successfully leading major new initiatives to regulate and restore Chesapeake Bay water resources. His specialties include water resource permitting, compliance, assessment, Clean Water Act, wetland and waterway compliance, NPDES, TMDL, and stormwater management. Mr. Der is an appointed industry representative of the U. S. EPA. He is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council Citizens Advisory Committee, Maryland Patuxent River Commission, and Montgomery County, Maryland Executive’s Water Quality Advisory Commission.

Dr. Jairo Garcia

Executive Director with Urban Climate Nexus

Dr. Garcia develops innovative policies and educational programs to make communities and cities cleaner, sustainable, resilient, and equitable. He is the lead author of Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan and led a collaborative effort with more than 40 stakeholders to the 100 Resilience Cities application, awarded to the City of Atlanta in 2016. Dr. Garcia is a member of the Georgia Research Roadmap steering committee, an initiative of the Georgia Climate Project lead by University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Emory University, which has a goal of improving understanding of climate impacts and solutions in Georgia. He received the Individual Climate Leadership Award by the EPA in 2017 and the Green Ring Award by the Climate Reality Project. These awards recognized Dr. Garcia’s leadership in addressing climate change and engaging organizations, peers, and partners. He represented the Mayor of Atlanta at COP23 in Bonn, Germany and presented at an event organized by the International Urban Cooperation Programmer related to global cooperation to address climate change. Dr. Garcia’s publications on urban sustainability, climate change and sustainability education are numerous. His academic experiences include a position as a research assistant and two teaching assistant positions at Columbia University, a faculty adjunct and thesis advisor position at Concordia University, and faculty adjunct positions for the UCLA-Extension Program, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Garcia holds an engineering degree, an MSc degree in Management of Information Technologies, an MSc degree in Sustainability Management, and a doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability.

Penn Marchael

Pennington Marchael  is a Landscape contractor based in Brooklyn and Bedford Hills NY.
Throughout his career he has cultivated a deep understanding of horticulture and ecology which he uses to execute successfully vibrant landscapes. Mr. Marchael has over ten years of experience in project management, landscape construction, and maintenance. In those ten years he has installed and maintained meadows from Virginia to Northern New York with a total of over one hundred fifty acres installed and many more maintained and monitored. Previously working with Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, Eastern Land Management, JW Townsend and other firms. His present focus is growing his business, Pennington Grey, where he aspires to train a new generation of land managers that will lead the landscape industry away from traditional practices and towards a more sustainable and dynamic approach.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Restoring Natural Areas in Urban Areas

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course provides design professionals with detailed guidance on restoring natural areas that were lost to development. The course begins with a framework of restoration by discussing natural land systems before development, how much natural area has been lost, and the micro and macro benefits on restoration. Building on this foundational knowledge, the course will discuss site evaluation and specific project designs, including removing sources of disturbances and restoring ecological processes, soil, water, and vegetation. Then, the course explores the regulation and permitting of water resource restoration activities and discusses monitoring techniques, long-term management, and outside-the-box techniques.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the impact of development by understanding natural land systems prior to development, how much we have lost due to development, and why restoration is so important, both on a micro and macro level.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to set restoration goals and project objectives, evaluate a project site for restoration, remove sources of disturbances, and restore ecological processes, soil, water, and vegetation.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to design long-term project management, institute monitoring techniques, troubleshoot ecological threats, and utilize outside-the-box management techniques.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explore the regulations and permitting of water resource restoration activities, including those found in the Clean Water Act and other federal laws and state regulatory programs.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of landscaping practices and interest in the environment

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.