Originally broadcast: July 8th, Wednesday (2015)
In this webcast, we will highlight control techniques available for small scale projects, which are not normally available for use on large scale projects. Homeowners and land stewards should be aware of these techniques, and use them to get the best possible results from their management efforts.
Bob Williams of Phragmites.org will outline the Clay Township phragmites control homeowner assistance program and discuss what your agency or group can do to create a sustainable program in your community.
Emily DuThinh will share strategies used by townships and other municipalities in a local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area* to help homeowners control phragmites. These strategies simplify the process and remove institutional barriers, helping individual homeowners and other landowners work together to cost-effectively and efficiently control invasive plants across property lines.
*A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is similar to a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) and a Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
Emily Cord Duthinh (Chairperson of the Oakland County CISMA and Principal of Rockwood Environmental Consulting, LLC) - Emily earned a Master's Degree from Duke University and a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Franklin & Marshall College. She has been a Conservation Steward since 2011. Emily co-founded the Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force in 2012, a group of concerned citizens protecting Oakland County's lakes, streams and wetlands from non-native invasive species. Emily currently is the chairperson of the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, and a Principal in Rockwood Environmental Consulting LLC, specializing in stewardship, education and outreach. Emily is also an active member of the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Stewardship Committee. She is a certified professional geologist with eighteen years of experience in environmental consulting, remediating contaminated soil and groundwater. She has taught students of all ages and abilities about environmental science, natural resource management and other subjects.
Bob Williams (Phragmites.org) - Bob has been successful at controlling Phragmites in his restoration of a lakeplain prairie at Stewart farm. He is an MSU Extension Service Volunteer and the founder and webmaster of www.Phragmites.org and www.Phragmites.info. On this topic, Bob has presented dozens of public workshops and in-field trainings.
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.