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Herbicide Effectiveness on Invasive Plants in Wisconsin

Based on research and field observations, this newly revised publication highlights the effectiveness of 35 herbicides on 32 different invasive plants commonly found in fields enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Wisconsin, all in a sturdy fold-out poster form for easy reference (4 pages; 2012).

The 500 Pound Algae Adage

Have you heard this adage? One pound of phosphorus can produce from 300 to 500 pounds of algae. You probably have. It is much quoted in articles and during presentations when the “greening” of lakes is discussed. It means a pound of the nutrient phosphorus entering a lake (or river) from wastewater or stormwater runoff can promote growth of up to 500 pounds of “pea soup” algae. Not only have I heard this adage, I have repeated it to others - which led me to ask, where did it come from, and is it TRUE?

Resilient Rights-of-Way Panel Discussion: Making the Most of Our Roadsides

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems panel discussion with Martha Holzheuer, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Rob Roman, Linn County Secondary Road Department; Luba Sitar and Amy Murray, ITC Holdings Corp.; Marc Sherman, Utilities Lines Construction Services

Adapting to Future Trends in Volunteerism: Creation of a Volunteer Stewardship Team

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Jenny Mensch and Mark Ledebuhr from Fenner Conservancy

Interseeding Native Grasses and Forbs into an Existing Native Grass Stand

The purpose of this sheet is to provide landowners with useful information on how to interseed native grasses and forbs into their existing native grass stand.

The Two Hearted River Watershed: Top to Bottom Restoration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Tina Hall from The Nature Conservancy

Practical Phragmites Control

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Robert Williams from Stewart Farms

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: A Handbook For Land Managers

The objectives of this document are to provide a basic understanding of massasauga habitat needs and to provide recommendations of how to consider massasauga in routine management activities.

Deny the Mine: Creating a Social Network to Protect Land and Water

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Artemis Eyster

Monitoring Ecological Restoration: Simple Techniques to Guide Adaptive Management

Learn from Ray Fahlsing, Manager State Park Stewardship Unit, Michigan Department of Natural Resources in this Monthly Webcast powerpoint on Monitoring Ecological Restoration: Simple Techniques to Guide Adaptive Management.

Michigan Vernal Pool Mapping and Monitoring Program 2015 Training Workshop

Learn about the importance, characteristics, and monitoring techniques for vernal pools in Michigan.

Introduction to Phragmites Control

This presentation is a great introduction to the control and management of phragmites, which is an invasive species can invade and overtake wetlands and other habitats.

Sustainable Landscaping Blog

Explore this blog for interesting information about sustainable landscaping regularly. Topics will include landscaping for wildlife, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, prairie gardens, lawn alternatives, reducing resource inputs, and general information on birds, bees, other pollinators, and wildlife.

A Panel on Invasive Species Success Stories from the Field

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference panel discussion with Linda Walsh Lapinski and Emily Cord DuThinh from Oakland Phramites and Invasive Species Task Force; Carol Eberhardt from The City of the Village of Clarkston; Mary Reed from Lake Watershed Forever Council; Cindy Ricksgers from Beaver Island, Michigan; Robert Williams from Stewart Farm

Predicting Hatching Success in Eastern Box Turtles Across Habitat Types

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Anthony Beals, Michigan State University

Native Seed Production Manual

"The intent of this manual is to provide basic information for native seed production of nearly 50 species of the tallgrass prairie flora of the upper Mid-west. The information presented is compiled from published accounts coupled with native seed production experience at the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Critical to this effort were publications from the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program, published research articles and technical notes, and Internet resources."

How to Observe and Identify Woody Plants

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Jacqueline Courteau of

Wild Rice, A Return to the Past

An article on wild rice from Michigan History Magazine by Barb Barton.

Sediment transport mechanisms in agricultural watersheds

This study was conducted to improve understanding and prediction of sediment delivery through agricultural watersheds, with emphasis on the pathways from edge-of-field to receiving waters. The study was focused on agricultural watersheds within the University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville Pioneer Farm and one of the UW Discovery Farms located in southwestern Wisconsin. Artificial neural network (ANN) models were developed to predict runoff and sediment yield from agricultural watersheds that employ best management practices (BMPs). Results showed that input parameters representing BMPs were important for accurately simulating runoff and sediment yield from these watersheds. The study also showed that ANN models were able to successfully simulate runoff and sediment yield during training, validation and testing phases. Sediment eroded from upland source areas is often carried to the watershed outlet via grassed waterways. Critical shear stress of the soil is often estimated to determine the potential for soil to be detached. Previous studies suggest that critical shear stress may vary with antecedent moisture content. The dynamic nature of critical shear stress in an upland agricultural field and grassed waterway of a nested watershed was investigated at Pioneer Farm by measuring critical shear stress over a range of antecedent soil moisture conditions. Results showed that critical shear stress in both the grassed waterway and the agricultural field increased as soil moisture increased until the soil moisture content reached the plastic limit. Above the plastic limit, critical shear stress of the soil decreased significantly and was relatively constant, ultimately rendering the soil more susceptible to erosion. Finally, the process-based Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model was used to develop regressions equations that use channel, watershed and storm characteristics to estimate sediment delivery ratios (SDRs) for grassed waterways draining upland agricultural fields. Upland agricultural management scenarios considered included: (i) corn-oat-alfalfa crop rotation, chisel plow tillage, and terraces, and (ii) corn-oat-alfalfa crop rotation, chisel plow tillage, and no-terraces. Better R2 values resulted from equations developed for non-terraced fields compared to terraced fields suggested that channel and storm parameters were better able to explain the variation in SDR for grassed waterways draining from non-terraced fields.