Governments at all levels - local, state, and federal - are implementing invasive species laws and ordinances. Join us for the Stewardship Network's monthly webcast as we explore existing invasives laws looking at examples of both effective and flawed laws. We will cover in some detail the process and criteria Wisconsin used in their new invasives law as a case study. We will also discuss involving target groups that may be impacted as well as the public. We will explore funding to implement invasives laws and training and outreach about them once laws have passed. .
Kelly Kearns - Invasive Plant Coordinator for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Kelly has a BS in Horticulture from Purdue University and an MS in Restoration Ecology from the Landscape Architecture Department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has worked at the Bureau of Endangered Resources, WI Department of Nature Resources since 1984. She is primarily responsible for coordinating many DNR activities regarding invasive plants, including education and outreach, policy development, working with partners and researchers, sharing control information, and supervising the WI early detection project for invasive plants. She worked with a team of other staff for 5 years to develop Wisconsin's new comprehensive invasive species rule.
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.