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Wildland Fire Chain Saws Student Workbook

The following training material attains the standards prescribed for courses developed under the inter-agency curriculum established and coordinated by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

A New Approach to Monitoring Conservation Easements from a Fixed Wing Aircraft

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Charles Dawley from Little Traverse Conservancy

Michigan's Natural Communities

This natural community classification is designed to serve as a tool for those seeking to understand, describe, and document the diversity of natural communities in Michigan.

Herbicide Rates - Invasive Plant Control Workshop

Download this resource to see example herbicide mixing ratios.

Tallgrass Prairie Restoration at the Emiquon Preserve

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

How Your Garden Interacts with Nature

Most of us garden because we like to grow our own healthy food and love to have nature around us. Yet our gardens can affect the natural areas surrounding our homes in some unexpected ways. Take this quiz below, and come up with your own answers. Then check out our answers at the end!

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.

Practical Phragmites Control Presentation

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

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.

It's Phragmites, Phragmites australis, Phragmites communis, common reed, common reedgrass, giant reed, giant reedgrass, elephant grass, water reed, cane, yellow cane, Roseau, or roseau cane. It's pronounced frag-MY-teez. This website was started in August 2007 by the people of Harsens Island, Michigan who are ready to take control of the Phragmites which have invaded their island.

Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes

A Landowner’s Guide to using natural materials to stabilize shorelines, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat along Michigan’s inland lakeshore.

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

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.

Increasing Effectiveness of Phragmites Eradication Efforts with Improved Application Technology

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Mark Ledebuhr, Application Insight Consulting, LLC; Phyllis Higman, Natural Features Inventory

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.

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.

Full Circle Learning and Living: Promoting Resilience in Ecosystem Relations 2

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Heather Naigus, The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Natural Advantages: The Power of Parks, Heritage and Outdoor Assets

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Brad Garman, Michigan Environmental Council and Ann Conklin, Michigan Recreation and Park Association

Volunteer Position Description - Sample

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

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.