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Presenter: Ron Bowen and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Eagan, MN

Holiday Inn Airport SE-Mall Area
2700 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-454-3434

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Overview of Restoration and Natural Habitat Areas
The Presettlement Vegetation of Minnesota and Wisconsin


Overview of the Plant Communities of Minnesota

   Gathering the data – The story behind Minnesota’s County Biological Survey
   Plant community shifts over time

Predominant Community Types and Key Species

   Discuss key species by primary ecotone –
     • Prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands
   Discuss key species and where they are located

Native Plant Materials Origins and Production

   Historical perspective
   Production techniques

Applying the International Principles and Standards 
for Restoration to Human-Built Environments
Project Examples Part #1

   Prairie example
   Savanna example

Certified Restorationists and Restructuring Design Contracting

   Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP)
   Climate change influences

The Future: Novel Ecosystems

   Characterizing the ecological analogue for assembly

Project Examples Part #2

   Woodlands example
   Wetlands example

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Arborist/Forester

     7.0 PDHs (HSW)
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
     7.0 PDHs (HSW)
     7.0 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

International Society of Arboriculture
     7.0 Certified Arborist CEUs
     More CEUs listed inside

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 professional development hours (HSW) to architects, landscape architects, and engineers in most states, including Minnesota. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Minnesota.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York CE provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this event for the following CEUs: 7.0 Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift; 3.0 BCMA Science; 2.0 BCMA Practice, BCMA Management.

This seminar is also a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board for continuing education credit.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Ron Bowen

Founder of Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Mr. Bowen is the founder and principal owner of Prairie Restorations, Inc., a company specializing in native plants and plant community restoration. PRI was founded in 1977 and is likely the oldest full service restoration company in America. Mr. Bowen grew up in West St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota in Forestry and went on to study Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He started his life with native plants while working as a gardener at the Bruce Dayton property in Wayzata.

Mr. Bowen considers all of Minnesota to be home. His primary office is in Princeton, but he works on projects far and wide throughout the state. He believes that we are all engaged in a battle to save ecological diversity, and along with other PRI employees and literally thousands of clients and others, he gets up every day to do just that. Mr. Bowen lives in central Minnesota.

Prairie Restorations, Inc., has restored thousands of projects during the past four decades. This has been a team effort involving hundreds of employees and thousands of clients. PRI’s effort is always focused on species that are authentically native to each site and attempts to restore diversity in the plant community.

Beth Markhart

Senior Restoration Ecologist at Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc.

Ms. Markhart’s career spans 40 years of work in terrestrial and freshwater systems principally in the Upper Midwest. She has brought her expertise in botany and plant ecology to interdisciplinary design teams for green infrastructure, wetland mitigation, and other intersections of the natural and built environments. As the science of restoration has advanced in recent years, Ms. Markhart has been involved in training landscape field crews on best practices in ecological restoration. She holds a B.A. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, an M.S. degree in Plant Physiology, and has maintained her professional wetland scientist certification since 1995.

Scott Milburn

President & Senior Botanist/Ecologist at Midwest Natural Resources

Mr. Milburn is the owner and principal botanist at Midwest Natural Resources, Inc. (MNR). He holds a B.S. degree in Botany (Iowa State University) and an M.S. degree in Biological Sciences (University of Mississippi) with over 19 years of professional experience in the natural resource consulting field. His responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations at MNR in addition to fieldwork. Mr. Milburn’s natural resource expertise includes rare vascular plant species, vegetation monitoring methodologies/implementation, wetlands and wetland biogeochemistry, and native plant community documentation/mapping. His particular foci of late include calcareous fens and calciphiles, peatland systems, prairie communities, and specialized rare species work. Mr. Milburn was also behind the development of the floristic quality assessment for Minnesota Wetlands project. He is respected by regulatory agencies for his knowledge and proven results.

Mr. Milburn is both a professional wetland scientist (PWS) and a Minnesota certified wetland delineator (CWD), and he is the president of the Minnesota Native Plant Society (2006-2014, 2016-2019). He additionally volunteers his time in the field and has been privileged to take part in rare plant surveys in the Boundary Waters and surveys via helicopter in the Red Lake peatlands of Northern Minnesota.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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: Restoration of Natural Areas

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines natural areas historically and compares to today, including plant communities in praires, savanas, woodlands/forests, and wetlands. Native plant materials are identified. This information is useful to design professionals with project owners who want to restore sites and avoid invasive species. This course covers how construction/development sites can be restored.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to descibe regional presettlement vegetation in prairies, savanas, woodlands and wetlands and plant shifts over time.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify predominant plant communities and native plant material in prairies, savanas, woodlands and wetlands.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to apply the international principles and standards for restoration to human-built environments.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the challenge of restoration in light of climate change.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/23/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.