Conservation Lands and Beneficial Arthropods in Agricultural Landscapes

Paul C. Charland
MS Candidate, Entomology Dept. Michigan State University
Paul is biologist and wildland firefighter with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in East Lansing, MI. He has worked for the Service in the grasslands of Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin and is currently working on a Masters in Entomology at Michigan State University. His interest is in the relationship of conservation lands to neighboring farms within the agricultural landscape, focusing on the role of beneficial insects.
Other presenters/researchers: 
Douglas Landis, PhD MSU

Arthropods produced in non-crop habitats provide essential pollination and pest control services to agriculture, but modern industrial agricultural practices have minimized and fragmented the available non-crop habitat in the Midwest. As conservation lands comprise much of the last remaining non-crop habitat, understanding the relationship of conservation lands and beneficial arthropods to neighboring farms is critical to land-use decisions. In an effort to provide the foundation for effective cross-boundary communication, I will assemble and present in appropriate formats the state of knowledge of the contribution of wild pollinators and natural enemies and their needs for conservationists and farmers. The research shows that native ecosystems are unique in their capacity to support the full range of needs for arthropods throughout their annual cycles. Collective support for protection of arthropod habitat is required for the continued provision of pollination and pest control services.

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