Stewardship Network Webcasts

The Stewardship Network presents monthly webcasts from noon to 1 p.m. (Eastern time zone) on the second Wednesday of each month, covering a variety of conservation and land management topics.

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Stewardship Network Webcast Archive

July 2011: Successful Native Plant Landscapes

What is a successful native plant landscape? Native plants are used for a number of reasons that can be quantitatively measured like gallons of runoff reduced, number of species increased, hours saved on maintenance, and more. Despite this, native plantings fail every year because designs often fail to address human needs for space and simplicity, or physical needs like circulation and drainage. A successful native plant design begins long before a trowel hits the ground, and continues many years after establishment.

June 2011: Phragmites

Phragmites is the common reed which has taken over many of our natural areas. It outcompetes native plants and creates a monoculture. Topics include how to identify phragmites, native phragmites vs. non-native phragmites, and its biology and distribution. Methods of control will also be discussed, including herbicide treatments, techniques, and the permit process.

May 2011: Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

Steve Apfelbaum and Alan Haney have developed this webcast to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. Based on their work in southern and central Wisconsin, they have set up a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. They offer systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. Tune in and learn how to champion your restoration projects!

April 2011: Garlic Mustard and the 2011 Challenge Kick-Off!

Garlic mustard is an herbacious invasive that threatens the health and biodiversity of our native ecosystems. The Stewardship Network is hosting our fourth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge this year, and we're encouraging land management staff, volunteers, and anyone who wants to get involved to get out in the woods and compete to see who can pull the most of this delicious delinquent plant! With our crew of presenters, we'll be discussing the biology of the plant, control methods, how to engage your community around garlic mustard removal, and the importance of early detection work on a region-wide scale!

March 2011: Nurturing Communications for Stewardship

Biodiversity Project’s mission is to strengthen environmental groups by improving their communications to reach their conservation goals. During this session we will explore two questions. 1. Why is it that so few people value healthy restored natural areas? 2. How can strategic, research-based communications help change people’s attitudes and behavior? We will explore techniques and tools to help groups plan effective communications and provide specific recommendations and examples of how to improve communications strategies and materials.

February 2011: Management of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems

Resource managers have all heard the statement that they should “use the best available science” when making management decisions. However, managers often do not know what the “best available science” is, and scientists often do not understand the type of information managers need to help them solve their real-world problems. The newly-formed Lake States Fire Science Consortium is working to improve this dialogue between managers and scientists for fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. This presentation will introduce the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and share examples of on-going and successful manager-scientist partnerships associated with 1) jack pine forest ecosystem management and the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, and 2) the restoration of red pine and eastern white pine forest ecosystems in the Lake States.

January 2011: Enbridge Oil Spill: Recovery of Turtle and Toads

In late July of 2010, nearly a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River and impacted approximately 36 miles of river and potentially hundreds of acres of high quality amphibian and reptile habitat making this one of the worst environmental disasters in Michigan history. Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC (HRM) was contracted by the USFWS to coordinate early rescue efforts and to work with Binder Park Zoo and Enbridge contractors regarding cleaning and care of impacted herpetofauna. Over 2,500 animals, more than 2,000 of them turtles (eight species), have been collected and treated as part of rescue efforts. Join David Misfud for a discussion of efforts to rescue, clean, care for, and ultimately release the amphibians and reptiles impacted by this spill.

December 2010: Developing and Implementing Effective and Reasonable Invasive Species Laws

Governments at all levels - local, state, and federal - are implementing invasive species laws and ordinances. Join us for the Stewardship Network's monthly webcast as we explore existing invasives laws looking at examples of both effective and flawed laws. We will cover in some detail the process and criteria Wisconsin used in their new invasives law as a case study. We will also discuss training, funding, and outreach as well as involving the public and target groups that may be impacted.