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!
Mark Renz - Mark received both his BS in Botany and PhD in Plant Biology and Weed Science from the University of California, Davis. He has held several positions in research and extension, and currently is an extension weed scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His current program is conducting extension and research in the management of weeds in perennial cropping systems and natural areas. His specific areas of interest include the biology, ecology and management of perennial weeds; integrating invasive weed management and restoration/revegetation methods; and root biology of perennial weed species. Mark is currently the president of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN).
- Jason Frenzel - He tries his best to help people help the world. He does this through work (paid and volunteer, of course) at the Huron River Watershed Council, HomeGrown Festival, the Stewardship Network, his families and home, and any friend he meets along the way. Jason received his BS from Michigan State University. He has gained much experience working with the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioners' Office, Road Commission, and Conservation District. He has volunteered with W.R.A.P., Trillium, Moms', and anyone who asks. His favorite quote: "Decisions are made by those who show up." Lesson= Get involved!
Darcy Rutkowski - Darcy is the Executive Assistant of the Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council and coordinator of the RRIP-IT-UP Project. She received her BS in Biology from Alma College and MS from Michigan Technological University. Her previous work experience has been with native plant communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Isle Royale National Park.
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.