March 16, 2017: Coordinating Natural Area Management Across Ownership Boundaries

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:30am
Hike Location: 
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Room 125. 11:30am-1:30pm. Snacks provided, or bring your lunch. If you have a membership to the Gardens/Arb, enter your parking prior to coming in the building. If you do not, just remember your parking space, and there will be a sign in sheet in the room.

Join us for a brown bag lunch to kick off the 2017 Professional Stewards Hike season, we've invited three panelists to initiate a conversation about coordinating natural area management across different types of land ownership. How can we foster coordination among different institutional owners (city parks, county parks, and UM lands) as well as with private landowners adjacent to public lands or interested in pooling efforts to leverage land management efforts?

We will start with an update by Kris Olsson of how the Huron River Watershed Council's Bioreserve Project has assessed natural areas in the watershed's increasingly developed landscape--including parks university lands as well as privately owned lands--and how that information has been shared with private landowners as well as conservancies, township planning agencies, and parks. Kathleen Bergen will describe her research into land use and land cover change in properties contiguous to Saginaw Forest and Stinchfield Woods, to show why institutions need to think about the surrounding lands, and how public land-holdings might be even more important in the face of continuing development. Lisa Brush will describe how the Iron Creek Properties, in the Stewardship Network's River Raisin cluster, has provided a way for 10 families owning 650 acres to come together to think about protecting natural areas and coordinating management.

In the second hour, we'd like to hear from all of you about how you view the benefits and challenges of coordinating land management.

  • What are the benefits and challenges of coordinating our natural management efforts?
  • Can greater coordination aid public communication?
  • What would make it possible to coordinate more?
  • Can efforts such as Chicago Wilderness serve as a model?

We'd also like to welcome the Huron Arbor Cluster planning committee to join us in thinking about whether and how to increase coordination in our area, whether for managing invasive species or presenting a unified view to the public of natural areas throughout the county.

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Hike Facilitator: 
Kris Olsson, Huron River Watershed Council. How the Bioreserve project has assessed natural areas and shared information with parks, planners, and private landowners. Kathleen Bergen, University of Michigan. Land use and land cover change around Saginaw Forest and Stinchfield Woods, 1949–2015: Why we need to think beyond public land borders to what’s happening in adjacent private lands. Lisa Brush, Stewardship Network. Iron Creek properties as a model for coordinating natural area management among private landowners.