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MNAC Website Archives

The Michigan Natural Areas Council was dedicated to the preservation of natural areas of outstanding scenic beauty or scientific value that represent the full spectrum of Michigan's natural wealth. At The Stewardship Network we believe as MNAC did - that it is our duty and privilege to pass on to future generations the very best that we can of our natural heritage - this storehouse of interrelating plants and animals which has evolved through the ages in a fascinating and complex equilibrium.

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Great Lakes Watershed Management System

Gadgets and Apps for the Field

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Alicia Ihnken from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division

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.

Workshop Kits Catalog

The Workshop Kits Catalog offers over 15 out-of-the-box workshops that you can use to help host a Cluster workshop in your area. Topics range from Safe and Effective Prescribed Burns to Native Plant Landscaping, and much, much more. Please contact us at for more information and to obtain an editable copy of each kit.

A New Approach to Monitoring Conservation Easements from a Fixed Wing Aircraft

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Charles Dawley from Little Traverse Conservancy

Mast Production in an Increasingly Stochastic World

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Alexander K. Killion, Michigan State University

Keynote: For the Love of Water

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Keynote presentation by Josephine Mandamin, Wikwemikong Unceded Nation

Tallgrass Prairie Restoration at the Emiquon Preserve

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield

Great Lakes Watershed Management System Demo

2015 Grand Raisin Cluster Mini-Conference presentation by Laura Young, Michigan State University

Cluster Coordinator Position Description (Volunteer)

The Cluster Coordinator serves as the primary volunteer leader of a local Cluster. The role of a Cluster Coordinator multi-faceted: He or she is simultaneously a leader, champion, facilitator, and/or gardener as the community necessitates. This role is vitally important to ensuring the continued involvement of a diverse array of partners, the recruitment of new partners, and to maximize the success of a local Cluster and leverage the strengths of those involved. The Cluster Coordinator can draw on the support, systems, and structures provided by the Network to fill this role. Learn more about this role here!

Wildland Fire Chain Saws Student Workbook

The following training material attains the standards prescribed for courses developed under the inter-agency curriculum established and coordinated by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Herbicide Rates - Invasive Plant Control Workshop

Download this resource to see example herbicide mixing ratios.

FQA 101: Using the Floristic Quality Assessment for restoration monitoring

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Adam R. Thada of Cardno, Inc.

Forest Stewardship Planning and Certification Workshop

The Forest Stewardship Program connects 130 natural resource professionals with private forest landowners to help them develop a Forest Stewardship Plan to manage, protect, and enjoy their forest land. More than 5,400 landowners in Michigan have developed their own unique Forest Stewardship Plans. Presentation by Mike Smalligan of the MDNR.

How Your Garden Interacts with Nature

Most of us garden because we like to grow our own healthy food and love to have nature around us. Yet our gardens can affect the natural areas surrounding our homes in some unexpected ways. Take this quiz below, and come up with your own answers. Then check out our answers at the end!

Michigan's Natural Communities

This natural community classification is designed to serve as a tool for those seeking to understand, describe, and document the diversity of natural communities in Michigan.

Non-Native Phragmites Management in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Darcy Rutkowski of The Upper Peninsula Resources Conservation and Development Council

Practical Phragmites Control Presentation

The Practical Phragmites Control presentation gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities in controlling this invasive species.

Guidelines for Hosting a Seed Collection Workday

This is a simple handout to guide land owners and managers through hosting a successful native seed collection workday.