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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.

2019 Conference Sponsorship

For full description, click the link to download our Conference Sponsorship PDF.

Keynote: Farming Our Way to Resilience: Restoration Agriculture

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Keynote presentation by Mark Shepard from Forest Agricultural Enterprises

Soil Qualities Affecting Resistance, Resilience and Restoration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Hugh J. Brown of Ball State University

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

Benefits of Prescribed Burning on Private Land

This brochure is a basic introduction to prescribed burning and outlines only the simplest prescribed burns. Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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

Vegetation Maps Circa 1800

Between 1816 and 1856, Michigan was systematically surveyed by the General Land Office (GLO), which had been established by the federal government in 1785. The detailed notes taken by the land surveyors have proven to be a useful source of information on Michigan's landscape as it appeared prior to wide-spread European settlement.

Beyond the Usual Suspects in Invasive Species Control: Detection and Control of Oak Wilt

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Heidi Marie Frei from Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Feral Swine in Michigan

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Tim Wilson from USDA Wildlife Services

Mast Production in an Increasingly Stochastic World

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

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.

Oak Savanna Restoration by Prescribed Fire and Overstory Thinning

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Lars Brudvig of Michigan State University.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes

A Landowner’s Guide to using natural materials to stabilize shorelines, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat along Michigan’s inland lakeshore.

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