October 2014: From Dirt to Trees to Wildlife

There is a fairly well understood relationship between the soil and vegetation types that grow. John Lanier, with nearly 40 years experience in wildlife habitat and species management, and Brendan Prusik, with over 20 years experience in forestry, have developed a tool that's relatively simple to use to help land managers, owners, and planners practically apply the relationship between soils and vegetation. Starting with the soil, a person can identify the potential for re-vegetation and use by wildlife.

Rooted in the eleven major forest types in the northeast, it is possible to generate a host of the wildlife species that prefer a particular forest type for breeding. By incorporating a diverse body of information and research and distilling this information into a simple, useable format, landowners and land managers have a powerful tool to aid them in their decisions about which plant and animal species to manage for. This has profound implications for species of greatest conservation need and corresponding management practices.

Join John Lanier, Forestry Consultant; Brendan Prusik, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network as they present on this important stewardship topic.

John Lanier - John Lanier has Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts in wildlife management. He worked for 25 years running the Wildlife and Fisheries Program in the White Mountain National Forest. Over the course of his career he had the chance to work with researchers managing fish and game lands and realized while they had a lot of information, they hadn't incorporated the key soils information. In these last years of his career he has been working as a private consultant working with a variety of landowners on incorporating wildlife habitat and species specific goals looking at existing vs. potential conditions and helping landowners identify and realize their goals.

Brendan Prusik - Brendan Prusik works with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and is a Forest Resources Educator in Coos County, NH. Brendan hails from Colebrook, NH and has more than 20 years of experience in the forestry world. He received an associate degree in forest technology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Wanakena, N.Y., followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in forest biology and resource management from SUNY in Syracuse. Brendan worked as a senior forester with Champion International in northern N.H. for many years. He also brings experience as a public-sector forester for the USDA Forest Service/State of New York, as a branch manager for a forestry consulting firm in Pennsylvania, and as the product-development director for a commercial wood-flooring business in New York. Brendan and his family moved to Columbia in 1986. Since then, both he and his wife Monica have enjoyed successful careers in forest resources throughout Coos County and beyond. He has also been involved as a teacher and advocate for youth at risk in Coos County.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, 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 8, 2014 - 12:00pm
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