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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
8:30 am – 5:00 pm CST


Returning Natural Areas to the Landscape
Presented by:  J. Giordanengo

  • 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
Presented by: J. Giordanengo

  • Federal, state, and Local regulations for wetlands, development and land use
    (an overview)
  • Setting restoration goals and objectives
  • Evaluating a project site (good results begin with accurate assessments)
  • Removing sources of disturbance
  • Restoring ecological processes (succession as a guide to ecological restoration)
  • Restoring soil, including soil surface protection
  • Restoring vegetation (integrated revegetation strategies)
  • Managing hydrology to support restoration goals
  • Bioengineering for streambanks and shorelines

Regulation and Permitting of Water Resource Restoration Activities
Presented by: A. Der

  • Clean Water Act and other Federal regulatory criteria
  • Department of the Environment and other regulatory programs
  • Nontidal versus Tidal Water Regulation
  • Maryland Forest Conservation Act and Resource Restoration
  • Local government regulatory criteria

Monitoring and Adaptive Management
Presented by: J. Giordanengo

  • The adaptive management cycle
  • Monitoring methods tailored to project goals and criteria
  • Adaptive management for long-term results
  • Troubleshooting ecological threats
  • Outside-the-box management techniques

Restoration Project Case Studies
Presented by: J. Giordanengo


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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 License No: CEA362), 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 HSW LUs (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.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA),


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.

John Giordanengo, MS

Founder and Principal Restoration Ecologist of Economic Restoration Services

Mr. Giordanengo is the founder and principal restoration ecologist of AloTerra Restoration Services. He has 33 years of professional and academic experience in ecology, ecological restoration, business, and economics; 23 years of natural resource project management experience; 10 years of natural resource research experience; and over 200 publications, oral presentations, articles and technical papers. He has founded and managed several non-profit organizations and facilitated several complex stakeholder engagement processes with federal, state, local, non-profit, and private entities. Mr. Giordanengo earned his M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University and his B.S. degree from San Diego State University.

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:  09/06/2025

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.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00