Resources

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Invasive Species Network Planting Guide for Municipalities

Native plant recommendations for new plantings (including salt and runoff tolerance information), along with invasive species listed by threat level (including prohibited species) as a guide to park and municipal managers.

A Panel on Invasive Species Success Stories from the Field

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference panel discussion with Linda Walsh Lapinski and Emily Cord DuThinh from Oakland Phramites and Invasive Species Task Force; Carol Eberhardt from The City of the Village of Clarkston; Mary Reed from Lake Watershed Forever Council; Cindy Ricksgers from Beaver Island, Michigan; Robert Williams from Stewart Farm

MISIN: Report Invasive Species App

The MISIN smartphone app provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.

Memorandum of Understand (MOU)

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into among the members of The Stewardship Network (The Network) listed below. The agreement creates a voluntary network of independent agencies, organizations, and businesses which share common goals and have come together to achieve these goals through coordinated collaboration and cooperation. If you represent an organization, please consider signing this MOU. If you are an individual representing yourself, please consider signing the Steward's Pledge.

Field Guide to Invasive Plants of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats for Michigan

This field guide is intended to help readers identify established, newly introduced and approaching wetland and aquatic invasive species in order to facilitate a rapid response. Identifying new invaders before they can disperse widely is the most efficient and cost effective method for limiting their destructive effects.

Wild Rice, A Return to the Past

An article on wild rice from Michigan History Magazine by Barb Barton.

Tribal Efforts to Restore a Native Cisco

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Kevin Donner of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Game of Logging - Chainsaw Use Training

Game of Logging – Level 1 written by Deb Nagle - An interactive resource to help with chainsaw use training!

Webinar: Strategies to recruit, broaden the audience, and retain volunteers

August 23, 2016 webinar from The Keystone Policy Center and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Five Steps to Successful Prairie Meadow Establishment

Prairie meadows are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional high maintenance landscapes. Our native prairie flowers and grasses are stunning both as individuals, and as a complete prairie plant community. Perhaps best of all, the prairie helps us to re-connect with the earth, and creates a haven for the native plants and animals with which we share this beautiful planet.

Tortoise Wins the Race: Transformation Away from Invasive Phragmites Requires Slower

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Greg Norwood from The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Sediment transport mechanisms in agricultural watersheds

This study was conducted to improve understanding and prediction of sediment delivery through agricultural watersheds, with emphasis on the pathways from edge-of-field to receiving waters. The study was focused on agricultural watersheds within the University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville Pioneer Farm and one of the UW Discovery Farms located in southwestern Wisconsin. Artificial neural network (ANN) models were developed to predict runoff and sediment yield from agricultural watersheds that employ best management practices (BMPs). Results showed that input parameters representing BMPs were important for accurately simulating runoff and sediment yield from these watersheds. The study also showed that ANN models were able to successfully simulate runoff and sediment yield during training, validation and testing phases. Sediment eroded from upland source areas is often carried to the watershed outlet via grassed waterways. Critical shear stress of the soil is often estimated to determine the potential for soil to be detached. Previous studies suggest that critical shear stress may vary with antecedent moisture content. The dynamic nature of critical shear stress in an upland agricultural field and grassed waterway of a nested watershed was investigated at Pioneer Farm by measuring critical shear stress over a range of antecedent soil moisture conditions. Results showed that critical shear stress in both the grassed waterway and the agricultural field increased as soil moisture increased until the soil moisture content reached the plastic limit. Above the plastic limit, critical shear stress of the soil decreased significantly and was relatively constant, ultimately rendering the soil more susceptible to erosion. Finally, the process-based Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model was used to develop regressions equations that use channel, watershed and storm characteristics to estimate sediment delivery ratios (SDRs) for grassed waterways draining upland agricultural fields. Upland agricultural management scenarios considered included: (i) corn-oat-alfalfa crop rotation, chisel plow tillage, and terraces, and (ii) corn-oat-alfalfa crop rotation, chisel plow tillage, and no-terraces. Better R2 values resulted from equations developed for non-terraced fields compared to terraced fields suggested that channel and storm parameters were better able to explain the variation in SDR for grassed waterways draining from non-terraced fields.

Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Program 2015

Welcome to The Stewardship Network’s Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems 2015 conference. This event brings together an amazing array of people dedicated to the care of our lands and waters in the Great Lakes region and beyond. We would like to thank the many volunteers, presenters and sponsors along with YOU, the attendees, for making this conference possible. Each of us is here as both teacher and student, a true community of peers striving to create healthy, sustainable social and ecological structures in a constantly changing world.

Paradise Lake Pilot Boat Washing Station: Preventing Spread Alien Invasive Species

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Kira Davis from the Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Online Invasive Species Training Modules

The invasive species education modules will help you become more comfortable with identifying these species in the field. Each module includes a short ten question quiz at the end to help you assess your newly acquired knowledge. Completing a module should only take about 15 minutes.

Michigan Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices

This manual was created for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) by Herpetological Resources and Management (HRM) to provide a comprehensive guide to Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve and maintain the viability of Michigan amphibian and reptile populations. This manual addresses threats to Michigan’s amphibian and reptile (i.e., herpetofauna) communities posed by development and conservation management practices. The manual contains alternatives that are based on the best available science to facilitate conservation actions to protect specific species and the communities that support them. These BMPs are designed to inform land management and, development, and conservation activities, including restoration. This BMP manual is a Michigan-focused guide that provides specific recommendations to regulators, agency land managers, consultants, commercial and residential developers, and private citizens to protect, preserve, and restore the herpetofauna of Michigan.

A Technical Guide for Monitoring Wildlife Habitat

The tragedy of the commons occurs when people pursue their self-interests in using a shared resource and deplete it, thereby compromising their long-term welfare (Hardin 1968). The larger the area shared, the greater the potential for tragedy. The USDA Forest Service is a multiple-use Federal agency that seeks to balance multiple uses of public resources across the Nation while protecting those resources. The agency, facing continual pressure from the public and interest groups to use public resources, has developed a planning process that includes within its framework an important step—monitoring. Monitoring the effects of resource policies and projects on the Nation’s resources is critical to maintaining the long-term health, diversity, and productivity of the public’s forests and grasslands today and into the future. A well-designed monitoring program avoids the tragedy of the commons. This guide is an invaluable contribution to understanding how to monitor habitats.

Mistaken Identity?

Mistaken Identities? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic

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