The RNS Program has a well-developed library and field equipment inventory that is available to check out for all enrolled students. Access is through the Director, and can be either pre-arranged via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or during office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:30 to 4pm. Please go to the Director's office (David Turpin Building A129 [DTB A129]) and knock on the door!
Our equipment inventory covers most needs in the science and practice of restoration. A full list of what is available can be found here. Broadly, our equipment includes:
Gardening and construction tools
First aid kits
Terrestrial survey tools
Aquatic survey tools
Invertebrate survey tools
Vegetation survey tools
Outdoor class activities and items
Presentation and outreach materials
If we're missing anything, we want to know, so don't hesitate to ask for something!
Our library includes an amazing array of local and global resources on restoration, including academic sources, grey literature, management reports, documentation of shared Indigenous Knowledge, and community syntheses of management techniques in local ecosystems. Access the full list here, and reach out if you have any suggestions for further acquisitions!
In the coming years, we will work towards making as much of this in-house library available online as possible, to support the learning and resources of our distance students.
The University of Victoria has a free, year-long student license for ArcGIS available to some students. To see if it is available for you, follow this link and sign in with your UVic Netlink ID and password. The installation guide can be found here.
Anyone can download and install the program QGIS, found here. It is a free and open source version of ArcGIS, and has the same tools and capacity of Arc. It is commonly used by not-for-profits who cannot afford an ESRI license. Your license with QGIS will never expire, and there are tons of online resources for help and tutorials.
The RNS program has compiled a list of geospatial data likely to be useful for restoration projects available online here.
Citation management tools
Tracking references in all documents, online or otherwise, can be made much simpler using bibliographic software. This allows you to keep a library of references that can be used in any document, inserted and formatted automatically as you call them. UVic offers a citation management guide, with useful links and videos for multiple software suggestions. The most common free and open-source software is Zotero, and instructions for use can be found here.
Online restoration resources
British Columbia / PNW
- Society for Ecological Restoration
- International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Resources
- The Restoration Initiative | IUCN
- Sustainable Development Goals | UN
- Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) – based in the UK
- Global Invasive Species Database
- Seed Information Database | Kew Gardens
- Plants For A Future Database
- Dave's Garden Plant Files
- China Plant Trait Database (data found here)
- TRY Plant Trait Database
- The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Guide
- iNaturalist (global, regional, local species identification through image analysis and community expertise)
- Flora of North America
- Plants Database | USDA Plants
- Restoration Ecology | Ecological Society of America
- Restoration & Reclamation Committee | Society of Rangeland Management
- Ecological Site Descriptors | USDA NRCS
- Fire Effects Information System | USDA USFWS
- North American Native Plant Society
- Native Plant Workbook
British Columbia / PNW
- E-Flora BC: An electronic atlas of the plants of British Columbia
- Plant Propagation Pacific Northwest
- Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership & Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration Team
- Stewardship Centre for British Columbia
- The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
- E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia
- Amphibians of BC: Herpetofauna Identification Keys