October 2011: Standardizing Best Practices for Invasive Species Management

Nonnative invasive species present what may be the greatest threat to the long-term health and sustainability of Wisconsin's forests. To respond to this threat, the Wisconsin Council on Forestry created the Forestry Invasives Leadership Team to develop voluntary best management practices (BMPs) to help limit the introduction and spread of invasive species. The final product has been vetted by the public and stakeholders in order to incorporate input from all sectors of the forestry community. The Team has focused on the developing the following sets of BMPs: *Forestry *Recreational Forest User *Urban Forestry *Transportation and Utility Rights-of-way Tune in to hear about our successes in developing and implementing these best management practices on a State-wide level! Find out how easy it is for your state to adopt these BMPs and collaborate on regional outreach effort. Join Thomas Boos, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, for this informative upcoming webcast!

Presenters:

Thomas Boos - Tom has been with the WDNR for 14 years, starting with the State Natural Areas crew and has much experience in waterway permitting and utility permitting. Currently works in the Forestry Division as the Invasive Plant Coordinator. He obtained B.S. in Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison. He is an active volunteer with the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, the Prairie Enthusiasts and enjoys gardening.

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, October 12, 2011 - 12:00pm
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