July 2010: Prairie Fens: Identification and Restoration of a Rare Wetland

The Midwestern U.S. has a relatively high density of prairie fen wetlands. These globally rare habitats support high plant diversity and are home to a number of rare and endangered plants, insects, and vertebrates. Prairie fens are under threat from a number of factors, including habitat fragmentation, pollution, and invasive species. Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) is one of the most common prairie fen invasives in Michigan. It is known to dramatically alter the fens it invades, and the removal of glossy buckthorn is often the focus of restoration projects. In this webcast, learn about 1) the changes we saw in restored prairie fen in the first two years following buckthorn removal and 2) how to determine whether you own or manage property that is a degraded prairie fen with restoration potential. Tune in with Anna Fiedler of Michigan State University and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!

Presenters:

Amy Fiedler - She is finishing a PhD in Ecology and Entomology with Doug Landis at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the native plant and insect response to restoration of prairie fen. She is interested in addressing the role that insects play in ecosystems in terms of plant-pollinator interactions, ecosystem function, and conservation. She would like to continue to address environmental sustainability and ecosystem restoration through the development of projects that increase people's understanding of the meaningful connection that they have to insects and to their environment.

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.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 12:00pm
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