The Network of Biodiversity Stewardship Areas is a Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) initiative that strives to improve conservation of Michigan's native biodiversity. The objective is to identify and conserve areas that have the best opportunities for long-term conservation of representative examples of Michigan's ecosystems. The DNRE is working with many stakeholder organizations to complete a statewide assessment of potential areas, using a consistent set of criteria and looking across all ownerships. Designated areas will be used by the DNRE, and hopefully other conservation partners, to help inform decisions about management and other activities. The DNRE is committed to emphasizing restoration and maintenance of the ecosystems represented within the portions of Biodiversity Stewardship Areas that it manages and to looking for opportunities to assist and cooperate with other interested landowners. This webinar will focus on how the areas are being identified, what the designation will mean to lands included, and how individuals can be involved. Tune in with Amy Clark Eagle of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!
Amy Clark Eagle - She is the Biodiversity & Conservation Program Leader for the DNRE's Forest Management Division. She has seventeen years experience working on natural resources conservation issues, including eleven years with the DNRE's Wildlife Division, followed by a year with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her primary work during this period included assisting with the management of Michigan's Natural Areas Program, coordinating the development of Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan, and managing the implementation of Washington's Wildlife Conservation Strategy. She returned to the DNRE in 2008 to assume her current role, leading a team of cross-divisional DNRE staff and stakeholder interests through the process of developing Michigan's Network of Biodiversity Stewardship Areas. Amy holds an M.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington-Seattle, and a B.A. from Amherst College.
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.