Motivating Forest Stewardship: Plans for 9 Michigan Landscapes

Abstract (150 words max): 
How can we manage forests, both public and private, and what are the programs and resources available to encourage forest stewardship? Can we coordinate between existing management units and private parcels to encourage good stewardship at a landscape level? Can we find examples of good stewardship and showcase them to motivate and inform private landowners—who own more than half of Michigan’s forests—to take care of their woodland resources? Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with three Michigan conservation organizations (The Stewardship Network, The Nature Conservancy, and Huron Pines) to address this question in 9 landscapes across the state. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service, we developed Landscape Forest Stewardship plans that assessed existing programs and partner agencies, met with stakeholders, and engaged private landowners in telling their stories of how and why they manage their forest lands, highlighted on a Story Map for the state. This session will provide an overview and highlights for very different landscapes in Northern Michigan (Huron Pines), Southwestern Lower Michigan, and Southeastern Lower Michigan, as well as outline the acoustic monitoring that accompanied the project.
Presenter 1 Name: 
Jacqueline Courteau
Presenter 1 Organization: 
NatureWrite LLC
Presenter 1 Biography: 
Jacqueline Courteau is a ecological consultant and writer/editor who has worked for Michigan Natural Features Inventory and taught adjunct at University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Her research and consulting work has included ecological assessment and monitoring, forest regeneration, deer impacts on vegetation and other plant-animal interactions, invasive species in a range of Michigan ecosystems for clients including Huron River Watershed Council, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Washtenaw County Parks, Ann Arbor Natural Areas Program. She enjoyed hearing and telling stories of how landowners are stewarding their woodlands.
Presenter 2 Name: 
Hugh Brown
Presenter 2 Organization: 
Natural Resource Consultant
Presenter 2 Biography: 
Hugh Brown is a natural resource consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience in environmental management. He has a PhD in Soil Management from Iowa State University and had a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Vermont where he studied nitrogen management on a dairy farm. He was an Associate Professor in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and also served as Department Chair for six years. He worked as Field Station Director at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Hastings, Michigan from 2011 to 2013. Is currently President of the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and previously served as President of the Soil Indiana Association of Professional Soil Classifiers and the Indiana Land Protection Alliance.
Presenter 3 Name: 
Abigail Ertel
Presenter 3 Organization: 
Huron Pines
Presenter 3 Biography: 
Abigail Ertel is the Community Program Lead for Huron Pines, a nonprofit conservation organization committed to protecting the Great Lakes by conserving the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan. Abby, who was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, joined Huron Pines in 2010 as the Watershed Project Manager and now leads development of the organization’s community engagement programming. Leading programs like the Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative and working directly with technical staff and partners to expand conservation projects into communities to align natural resources sustainability goals with building vibrant communities brings together Abby’s passion for motivating support for conservation at the local level and her ability to develop strong strategic partnerships that honor diverse values and connections to natural resources. She earned her Master’s in Geography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Abby resides in Grayling with her husband and two children, and she can often be caught up experimenting with a new pie recipe or outside distance running.
Presenter 4 Name: 
Michael Smalligan
Presenter 4 Organization: 
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Presenter 4 Biography: 
Mike Smalligan is the Forest Stewardship Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in their Lansing office. Mike is committed to administering a government forestry program with common sense, customer service, continual improvement, and strong partnerships. Prior to joining the DNR in 2014, he operated Smalligan Forestry LLC providing consulting forestry services for private forest landowners in the southern Lower Peninsula. Mike has also worked as a Research Assistant at the MSU Department of Forestry on a “dendroremediation” study and an international forest carbon development project. Mike has a B.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences and a M.S. in Forestry, both from MSU. He is a Registered Forester, Technical Service Provider, and an Inspector for the American Tree Farm System forest certification program. He serves on the board of the Michigan Forest Foundation and is the Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Tree Farm Committee.
Additional Contributors: 
Rachel Muelle, The Stewardship Network Stuart Gage, Michigan State University Tina Hall, The Nature Conservancy Paul Muelle, Natural Resource Consultant