Resources

Welcome to our Searchable Resources Directory! We've pulled together the best stewardship, conservation, and environmental resources for you to use and share.

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Herbicide Applicator Dauber Wand

Herbicides are often the quickest way to get rid of invasive plant species “biological pollution”. This document gives instructions for how to make an herbicide applicator (dauber) (wand) from materials easily available in North America. .

Southern Michigan Restoration Contractors

Looking for a contractor to help you with your restoration project or conservation work? This resource will help connect you to private contractors operating in southern lower Michigan.

The History of Wild Rice in Michigan: Where Have Rice Beds Gone?

Prior to European occupation, vast wild rice beds were found along some of the Great Lakes shorelines along with smaller beds on inland lakes and streams. Drastic changes to the landscape resulted in the complete loss of our largest beds and a serious decline in the remaining inland beds. Wild rice was an important part of Michigan’s ecological landscape yet has been absent in most current wetland restoration efforts. The tide is slowly turning today as Tribal and non-Tribal people are working together to bring back wild rice to Michigan and Indian country.

Get To Know Your Land

Approaching the management and care of your land can appear daunting. If you’re looking for a starting point, or something you can get out and do right now without any special training, check out this guide.

Cheat Sheet for Mixing Herbicide

This resource offers a cheat-sheet for herbicide mixing, including the formulas used to arrive at a desired concentration.

Volunteer Training Manual: Michigan Vernal Pool Mapping and Monitoring Project

Due to recent increased awareness of the ecological significance of vernal pools, there has been growing interest in identifying, monitoring, and protecting these small but valuable ecosystems. In order to further understand and adequately protect these critical habitats, it is essential to know where they occur. However, due to their small size and seasonal nature, vernal pools can be difficult to identify and map, and have not been well-documented by the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) or other traditional wetland mapping efforts. Little information is currently available on the status, distribution, and ecology of vernal pools across the state in Michigan. The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), a program of Michigan State University Extension, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), conducted a three-year project to develop and initiate efforts to identify, map, and assess vernal pools in Michigan using remote mapping techniques and field sampling.

Dendroremediation: Using Trees to Clean Polluted Soil

Green brownfield remediation methods are gaining popularity and interest as we think about previously industrialized vacant land reuse and redevelopment within the city of Detroit. There are over 6,000 blighted and vacant properties in Detroit, many of which have high levels of contaminants. Dendroremediation is the use of trees to remove contaminants from soil, ground water and sediment. Hybrid poplar and hybrid willow trees were planted on brownfield properties to measure their ability to remediate heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as well as their survivability within contaminated soils. We seek
to determine the cost effectiveness of this technology,
as well as develop a replicable model for residents, community members and city and state officials to utilize this green technology in other post-industrialized areas.

Garlic Mustard Identification Cards

Handy 3x5 color ID cards to help you ID Garlic Mustard. Please feel free to download, print, and share!

Vernal Pool Classification, Assessment, and Monitoring in Michigan

Despite their small size and temporary nature, vernal pools can be incredibly diverse and productive ecosystems. Vernal pools provide important habitat for many wildlife species, including some species that depend on these unique wetlands for their survival. Vernal pool ecology, including species composition and richness, may differ dramatically among pools across the state and within a local area. Little information is currently available on the status and ecology of vernal pools in the state. To gain a better understanding of this, we proposed and evaluated a framework for classifying, assessing, and monitoring vernal pools in the state.
We collected baseline information on the physical and biological characteristics, including soils, water chemistry, vegetation, and amphibian, invertebrate, and bat use,
of vernal pools in several regions across the state. We also have piloted a volunteer vernal pool mapping and monitoring program to verify and collect information about vernal pools in the field.

Invasive Species Trading Cards

Produced by The Nature Conservancy - Michigan Chapter, these trading cards can be printed and shared to help spread the word about numerous invasive species.

Pilot-Testing Performance-Based Incentives

Current programs for controlling agricultural nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in the U.S. consist, in large part, of cost-sharing best management practices and compensating farmers for idling selected tracks of working land. These programs are important tools, but additional flexible tools are necessary. The Pay-for-Performance conservation approach, which was one of the 2014 awardees for a White House and EPA Challenge: Winning Solutions for Nutrient Pollution, provides incentives to participating farmers that are designed to induce the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions for each farm, farmer, and farm business. This summary report provides an overview of results from the pilot-testing in Vermont.

Japanese Knotweed Control: It Takes a Community

This PowerPoint was created by Dr. Leslie Kuhn of the Mid-Michigan Stewardship Initiative. It is 8MB, so be aware that it may take some time to download if you have a slower internet connection.

Garlic Mustard Life Cycle

A PDF graphic showing the life cycle of garlic mustard, a non-native invasive plant. Shared by The Stewardship Network: New England.

Stamp Out Invasive Plants Brochure

This brochure highlights three established invasive species and three new invasive species in the West Michigan Cluster area (Kent, Ottawa, North Allegan, Muskegon, and Newaygo Counties). Produced by the West Michigan Cluster, this brochure can be downloaded, printed, and used to help with Early Detection Rapid Response invasive species control programs. If you'd like to modify this brochure for your area, please contact us at staff@stewardshipnetwork.org for more information.

Cluster Workshop Menu

Are you looking for a topic for a Cluster Workshop? Download this Workshop Menu for an ongoing and ever-growing menu of the various workshops Clusters have hosted across the Great Lakes! It is a great resource to help you jump-start workshop planning in your Cluster area. Contact us at staff@stewardshipnetwork.org for more details.

Garlic Mustard Workday Planning Kit (NAP)

Garlic Mustard Workday Planning Kit

TSN Membership Brochure

The Stewardship Network (TSN) designs, facilitates, and accelerates environmental stewardship through collaborative conservation. Learn more about TSN, local community clusters, programs, and ways to give by downloading this membership brochure.

An Overview of Field Guide to Natural Communities of Michigan

This brief presentation will provide an overview of the newly published A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan. This guidebook to the plant communities of Michigan summarizes three decades of work by Michigan Natural Features Inventory ecologists and provides a system for dividing the complex natural landscape of Michigan into easily understood and describable components called natural communities. Detailed descriptions of natural communities ranging from patterned fen to volcanic bedrock glade are supplemented with distribution maps, vibrant photographs, comprehensive lists of characteristic plant species, suggested places to visit to further study each type, a comprehensive glossary of ecological terms and a dichotomous key for aiding field identification. This book is meant to serve as a tool for those seeking to understand, describe, document, conserve and restore the diversity of natural communities native to Michigan.

Resistance, Resilience, and Transformation: Oak Savanna Restoration in a Rapidly Changing Climate

Michigan has been experiencing hotter temperatures and more extreme rainfall. Ecological and species effects have already been documented. Climate change has been occurring and will accelerate. How can restorationists adapt? Adaptation strategies fall into three broad categories: resistance, resilience and transformation. Each approach can be illustrated in oak savanna management. Black locust management is an example of resistance: it will become more expensive as climate increasingly favors locust. Restoring savanna structure to oak forests through prescribed fire or harvest is an example of resilience: it will get easier as climate increasingly favors oaks. Karner Blue butterfly conservation is a potential example of transformation: no amount of management is likely to conserve them where they currently exist because they are too vulnerable. Each approach is necessary in some contexts, but carries too much risk or lacks public acceptance in other contexts. Conservationists will increasingly need to choose wisely among adaptation approaches.

Michigan Flora - University of Michigan Herbarium

The immediate goals of MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE are to present, in a searchable and browsable form, the basic information about all vascular plants known to occur outside of cultivation in the state. This includes, unlike the published Michigan Flora, the spore bearing vascular plants (ferns, horsetails, club mosses, etc.). Information available includes maps showing the distribution of all the species in the state, keys to all the families, genera, and species, brief discussions about the species, including habitats, nativity, date of first collection of aliens, and in some cases, notes helpful to identification beyond the features noted in the keys. Tabular material available for all species includes common name, synonyms linking the name to the published volumes of Michigan Flora, coefficient of conservatism, the coefficient of wetness and the wetness index, whether native or alien, and the physiognomy (annual, biennial, perennial; tree, shrub, vine, forb, grass, sedge, fern).

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