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Successful Volunteer Management: How Proper Recruitment and Evaluation Lead to Improved Retention

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Jason Frenzel of the Huron River Watershed Council

Prairie Moon Cultural Guide

This is an excellent - arguably the best - species-specific guide to seed germination, soil moisture requirements, sun exposure, and much more. If you propagate native plants by seed, this is will become one of your go-to references for propagating over 800 native forbs, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and cacti.

Forest Stewardship Planning and Certification Workshop

The Forest Stewardship Program connects 130 natural resource professionals with private forest landowners to help them develop a Forest Stewardship Plan to manage, protect, and enjoy their forest land. More than 5,400 landowners in Michigan have developed their own unique Forest Stewardship Plans. Presentation by Mike Smalligan of the MDNR.

Tallgrass Prairie Restoration at the Emiquon Preserve

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield

Practical Phragmites Control Presentation

The Practical Phragmites Control presentation gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities in controlling this invasive species.

Great Lakes Watershed Management System Demo

2015 Grand Raisin Cluster Mini-Conference presentation by Laura Young, Michigan State University

Keynote: For the Love of Water

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Keynote presentation by Josephine Mandamin, Wikwemikong Unceded Nation

Workshop Kits Catalog

The Workshop Kits Catalog offers over 15 out-of-the-box workshops that you can use to help host a Cluster workshop in your area. Topics range from Safe and Effective Prescribed Burns to Native Plant Landscaping, and much, much more. Please contact us at for more information and to obtain an editable copy of each kit.

Invasive Species Placemats

These printable place-mats can be a useful educational tool for preventing the spread of invasive species.

Burning Effects on the Development of a Restored Native Plant Community

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Neil W. MacDonald by Grand Valley State University.

Sorting through the seed bank: Ecology and applications to restoration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Presentation by Dr. Lars Brudvig of Michigan State University and Mitch Lettow of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

Oak Wilt Landscape Tips

Oak Wilt, caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, is a devastating vascular wilt disease of oak trees. Although not proportionally epidemic as Dutch Elm Disease or Emerald Ash Borer, oak wilt is nevertheless locally destructive and costly to control. Oak wilt is a difficult disease to understand, diagnose and control. It is suggested that professional help be obtained if oak wilt is suspected.

Identifying Effective Strategies for Converting Suburban Lawn into Restored Forest

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Micah Warners and Dave Warners of Calvin College.

Herbicide Rates - Invasive Plant Control Workshop

Download this resource to see example herbicide mixing ratios.

Status and Strategy for Flowering Rush Management

Invasive flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus L., hereafter FR) has invaded the shores of Michigan waterways since the early 1900’s (Core 1941; Stuckey 1968; Anderson et al. 1974). This document was developed by Central Michigan University and reviewed by Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources for the purposes of: Summarizing the current level of understanding on the biology and ecology of FR; Summarizing current management options for FR in Michigan; Identifying possible future directions of FR management in Michigan. This document used the current information available in journals, publications, presentations, and experiences of leading researchers and managers to meet its goals. Any chemical, company, or organization that is mentioned was included for its involvement in published, presented, or publically shared information, not to imply endorsement of the chemical, company, or organization.

Reforestation Methods, Challenges and Solutions

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Tom Borgman of Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio.

Volunteer Position Description - Sample

Use this sample volunteer position description to recruit volunteers and plan your stewardship project.

Federally Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Candidate Species in the Upper Midwest (Region 3)

A list of all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federally Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Candidate Species in the Upper Midwest (Region 3).

Streamlined Bee Monitoring Protocol for Assessing Pollinator Habitat

Developed with the University of California, Davis, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, and The Xerces Society, this guide provides instructions for assessing pollinator habitat quality and diversity by monitoring native bees. It was developed for conservationists, farmers, land managers, and restoration professionals to document how native bee communities change through time in pollinator habitats. It includes an introduction to bee identification, a detailed monitoring protocol, and data sheets for different habitat types.

Nutrient mitigation capacity in Mississippi Delta, USA drainage ditches

Eutrophication and hypoxia within aquatic systems are a serious international concern. Various management practices have been proposed to help alleviate nutrient loads transported to the Gulf of Mexico and other high-profile aquatic systems. The current study examined the nutrient mitigation capacity of a vegetated (V) and non-vegetated (NV) agricultural drainage ditch of similar size and landform in the Mississippi Delta. While no statistically significant differences in ammonium, nitrate, or dissolved inorganic phosphorus mitigation between the two ditches existed, there were significant differences in total inorganic phosphorus percent load reductions (V: 36%  4; NV: 71%  4). However, both agricultural drainage ditches were able to mitigate nutrients, thus reducing the load reaching downstream aquatic receiving systems. Further studies examining ecosystem dynamics within drainage ditches such as sediment and plant nutrient partitioning, as well as microbial processes involved, are needed to provide a better understanding of natural nutrient variability, seasonality and flux.