Science, Practice and Art 2016 Agenda

Ecological restoration can be prone to unpredictable outcomes, but what leads to this variation? For plant communities, conditions during the first year of restoration may contribute to variation among efforts by influencing germination and seedling survival; this, in turn, may impact the community that develops. We are testing this hypothesis, with a focus on the amount of precipitation received by newly sown prairie plantings, with an experiment that manipulates water for the first nine weeks in spring-sown tallgrass prairie plots, across multiple establishment years.

Presenter: Anna Groves
Organization: Michigan State University
Presenter 2: Lars Brudvig
Organization: Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Presentation File: PDF icon groves.pdf

Trapezoidal drains are often a source of water quality problems in headwater areas. Bank erosion can be common because the bank heights greatly exceed the bankfull depth. Even where the banks are stable, the channel is typically over-wide which promotes sediment deposition, increases temperatures, and causes turbidity during runoff events. Two-stage and multi-stage design options are effective ways to provide conveyance while improving water quality.

Presenter: Rob Myllyoja

Presentation File: PDF icon wq_benefits_rmyllyoja.pdf

Oak savannas were historically prevalent throughout southern lower Michigan, forming part of broad transition zone between Eastern deciduous forests and the Great Plains. Today, oak savannas are exceedingly rare throughout the Midwest and, where they remain, fire suppression and resulting encroachment by fire sensitive trees and shrubs has dramatically altered these systems' structure and biodiversity.

Presenter: Lars Brudvig
Organization: Michigan State University

Presentation File: PDF icon brudvig_maccready-oak.pdf

Michigan plants are pollinated by over 450 species of native bees, as well as flies, butterflies, wasps, honeybees, and other insects. These pollinators have important roles in our ecosystem – supporting both native plants and food crops. This talk covers the types of pollinators found in the great lake region and their roles and importance. We will identify common types of bees, and how they are used in Agriculture and native ecosystems.

Presenter: Meghan Milbrath
Organization: Michigan Pollinator Initiative, Michigan State University

Presentation File: PDF icon milbrath.pdf

Oakland County’s Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is developing innovative methods to help landowners control invasive plants (IPs). Local government units (homeowner / riparian associations, townships, cities) may initially treat demonstration sites in highly visible natural areas. Interpretative signage with web links describe why and how to control IPs. Hands-on workshops teach homeowners small-scale treatment techniques. Volunteers or contractors inventory target species. Townships offer residents no-obligation quotes to treat their properties.

Presenter: Emily Cord-DuThinh
Organization: Oakland County CISMA

Presentation File: PDF icon duthinh.pdf

The eastern prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera leucophaea, was once common across the Midwest but is now listed as a state endangered species. In 1999 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) issued a Recovery Plan for P. leucophaea that included increasing the size of existing populations and managing the orchid’s habitat to enable its recovery. As the result of a partnership between U.S.

Presenter: Wendy Dorman
Organization: Eastern Michigan University

Establishment of native plant communities on degraded sites often requires control of invasive species such as spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe L.), but the persistence of knapweed in restored plant communities is uncertain. Since 2009, we have studied the effects of various treatments, including burning, on native plant community development on a knapweed-infested site in western Michigan. Prescribed burns were conducted in spring 2012, 2014, and 2015, with fire intensities varying with timing, weather, and grass cover.

Presenter: Neil W. MacDonald
Organization: Grand Valley State University

Presentation File: PDF icon macdonald_burning.pdf

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing, processing and distributing food, including animal husbandry, in a village, town or city. While there are many benefits to urban agriculture including job creation, food security, improved health and nutrition, improved social and emotional well-being, urban agriculture has also been controversial in places. This presentation will look at identifying trends and a comparative analysis of urban agricultural policy in selected United States cities.

Presenter: Danielle Young
Organization: Ecotek Lab

Presentation File: PDF icon youngdanielle.pdf

Numerous bayous and wetlands are present where the Grand River empties into Lake Michigan in Ottawa County. This area emcompasses over one thousand acres across approximately 10 miles of river and has become populated by common reed (Phragmites australis) in recent years. Before the common reed became wide spread and established, early detection/rapid response (EDRR) efforts were initiated to identify and control the populations.

Presenter: Melanie Manion
Organization: Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission
Presenter 2: Todd Bowen
Organization: GEI Consultants of Michigan
Presenter 3: Brian Majka

Presentation File: PDF icon manion_phragmites.pdf

Common reed (Phragmites australis) is an invasive grass that is altering wetlands in the Great Lakes region. To determine the effect of Phragmites invasion on wetland carbon (C) dynamics, we investigated environmental conditions, plant litter decomposition, and release of gaseous C from sediment pools in Phragmites-dominated and pre-invaded Typha stands in a coastal freshwater marsh.

Presenter: Shawn Duke
Organization: Cardno

Presentation File: PDF icon duke.pdf

Thirty five years ago, on May 18, 1980 Mount Saint Helens erupted. The volcano spewed out molten rocks and ash high into the sky. This natural event changed the landscape in the area. Keith, Malik and David will report on their work to understand the ecology of the region as it recovers and share results of their continuing field work in the region.

Presenter: Keith Young, Jr.
Organization: Ecotek Lab

Presenter 2: Malik Basset
Organization: Ecotek Lab
Presenter 3: David Whiteside
Organization: Ecotek Lab

The City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation engages volunteers in all aspects of their field work including using chainsaws, applying herbicide, and on the fire line. This presentation will focus on how volunteers are utilized safely and effectively in their controlled burn program. Recruitment, training, roles, logistics, and benefits will all be discussed.

Presenter: Tina Stephens
Organization: City of Ann Arbor NAP

Presentation File: PDF icon stephens_volunteers.pdf

Increased human development has led to a loss of native landscapes and native biodiversity. In urban areas this loss can be abated with the establishment of green spaces that include native plants, trees, and restored habitats. Incorporating local flora into urban landscapes can elicit multiple benefits, including decreased use of fossil fuels and pesticides, biodiversity enhancement, stormwater absorption and erosion control, increased genetic diversity, and pollination attraction. We evaluated different approaches of installing prairie habitat in a suburban landscape.

Presenter: Deanna Geelhoed
Organization: Calvin College

Presenter 2: Kara Smit
Organization: Calvin College

Presentation File: PDF icon kellog_prince_prairie_presentation_best_final.pdf

Most of us think of fungi/mushrooms as a food which we find in a grocery store, and as morels in the spring. We may also recognize a fungal infection. Much more is involved. Come to this presentation to learn about the impact of the Kingdom of Fungi on our world today. A brief overview about how to hunt and identify mushrooms as a novice will be given. There is much to learn about how various kinds mushrooms can be used for food and medicines. There will be a short history of fungi and how they can help benefit our environment in today’s world.

Presenter: Marie Kopin

Presenter 2: Barbara Semans

Presentation File: PDF icon fungus_amongst_us.pdf

Food, energy and water systems are interdependent and rely on natural, social and built components for their safety, security, productivity and resilience. Integrative solutions that minimize energy and water footprints while maximizing healthy food outputs are essential for global sustainability. Post-industrial urban areas face unique legacy challenges for food, energy and water sustainability due to historical and ongoing soil, water and air contamination; social, economic and land use instability; outdated and deteriorating infrastructure; and entrenched conventional food systems.

Presenter: Patrick Crouch
Organization: Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Presenter 2: Beth Hagenbuch, LLA ASLA
Organization: Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture (HWLA)
Presenter 3: Jamie Scripps, JD
Organization: 5 Lakes Energy LLC

Presentation File: PDF icon scripps.pdf, PDF icon crouch_105ab.pdf

The foundation of native traditional culture is perceived as a world view that everything in nature is related. American culture is based on economy, which makes sense, since 85% of the population live in cities, which are man-made environments. Come and learn what you can do to support and incorporate Indigenous Knowledge with your work and why you need to be patient while seeking it from tribal people. Listen first hand about the process of how Native communities are reclaiming their ancestors' foundation of knowledge while healing from the historical trauma of the boarding school era.

Presenter: Renee Dillard
Organization: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Commission

Soil seed banks; that is, natural storage of seeds from plants in soil for long periods of time, are extremely common across a variety of ecosystems. Because their composition is rarely known at a particular site, seed banks can result in the establishment of aggressive invasive plants or desired native plants once restoration activities begin. How can land managers understand and utilize something as seemingly intangible as the seed bank more effectively in the context of restoration?

Presenter: Dr. Lars Brudvig
Organization: Michigan State University: Plant Biology

Presenter 2: Mitch Lettow
Organization: Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

Presentation File: PDF icon brudvig-lettow_seedbank-sn-2016.pdf

The Stewardship Network has just received the international Science & Practice of Ecology & Society award, bringing it back to the US for the first time in five years. Join us while we discuss Paige's research in the western US and Great Lakes region on cross-boundary collaboration and what led her to nominate The Stewardship Network for this award.

Presenter: Lisa Brush
Organization: The Stewardship Network

Presenter 2: Paige Fisher
Organization: SNRE, U of M

Presentation File: PDF icon fischer_tsn2016_ecologyandsociety.pdf

The coastal region of western Lake Erie is recognized for high biodiversity value, and also supports substantial economic and cultural values. Prior planning has focused on ecological features and threats to these features. We have extended that focus by identifying and integrating aspects of human wellbeing to create a vision for conservation that can meet ecological and socioeconomic goals.

Presenter: Doug Pearsall

Presentation File: PDF icon pearsall_wle_coastal_tsn2016.pdf

Ecosystems provide essential services to society, from crop pollination and pollution mitigation to climate and water regulation. By imitating natural plant communities, patterns and processes, ecological restoration has the ability to be economically profitable while restoring degraded ecosystem. This is done by designing productive agroforestry systems patterned after natural plant communities. Nature has provided us with the living examples of the species composition and community structure of successful polycultural food producing systems.

Presenter: Mark Shepard
Organization: Restoration Agriculture Development

The Pigeon River is a world-class stream: its clean, icy flows support a thriving coldwater ecosystem that includes brook trout, brown trout and steelhead. It is a designated Natural River and an all-around classic example of what a northern Michigan river should be. The surrounding forests are home to Michigan's elk herd along with countless other wildlife; recreationists and hunters from near and far tell stories of generations-deep connections to the area. No other site has divided the Pigeon River system like the Song of the Morning Dam.

Presenter: Lisha Ramsdell
Organization: Huron Pines

Presenter 2: Jennifer Muladore
Organization: Huron Pines

Presentation File: PDF icon ramsdell_stewardship_network_2016.pdf

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has had success partnering with local agencies and organizations on research and restoration projects. Partners include universities, colleges, local organizations, federal, state, and local agencies, and more. It is the Tribe's goal to support efforts for restoration and water quality management. Projects include outreach and education campaigns, pathogen research, streambank stabilization, and more. Challenges have included permitting and jurisdiction issues.

Presenter: Carey Pauquette
Organization: Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Deer are considered overabundant throughout much of eastern North America, with documented impacts including reduced tree regeneration, lowered abundance and flowering of native spring flora and prairie forbs, and changes in vegetation structure--impacts that may sometimes feel as if Godzilla is on the loose. However, deer management continues to be controversial in parks and natural areas, where the tax-paying public often loves "Bambi," enjoys watching deer, and may prefer a "let nature take its course" approach to management.

Presenter: Jacqueline Courteau

Human development has resulted in significant loss of woodland habitat and its associated biodiversity. Thus, preserving and restoring forest habitats is critical for recovering this biodiversity, as well as the ecosystem services forests provide. While much attention has been devoted to restoring degraded woodlands to their historical conditions, fewer studies have attempted to understand the process of transforming highly-altered, suburban lawn-dominated landscapes into healthy forest ecosystems.

Presenter: Micah Warners
Organization: Calvin College

Presenter 2: Dave Warners
Organization: Calvin College

Presentation File: PDF icon warners.pdf

On March 25, 2012, twenty-five people began a year-long adventure into the world of Indigenous eating. These individuals were selected by the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies as research subjects for the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), an exploratory study of the relationships between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Data from this study provides insight into biological, cultural, and legal/political dimensions of these complex relationships.

Presenter: Dr. Martin Reinhardt

Presentation File: PDF icon reinhardt_spirit_food.pdf

How do state and national policies & politics shape and affect local on-the-ground work conserving and restoring native ecosystems? Simple: bad political landscapes lead to bad policies, which in turn jeopardize our natural resources. The challenge is stopping those bad ideas from ever becoming law in the first place. Charlotte will overview how the team at Michigan League of Conservation Voters educates lawmakers, business leaders and community leaders about the bills that seek to harm our land, air, and water...and what it takes to change their minds.

Presenter: Charlotte Jameson
Organization: Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Presentation File: PDF icon stewardship_network_talk_mlcv.pdf

Successful collaborative research projects that include American Indian and non-American Indian researchers must overcome the challenges of a history of exploitative research ethics and the braiding of indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge.

Presenter: Marie Schaefer
Organization: Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, Northeast Climate Science Center, Anthropology Department at Michigan State University

Great Parks of Hamilton County manages 12,800 acres of natural areas in the southwest corner of Ohio. Recent changes in land use and forest canopy prompted reforestation and afforestation in both riparian and upland hardwood forest types. Plantings occurred between 2010 and 2015 on sites that ranged in size from 1 to 35 acres.

Presenter: Tom Borgman
Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio

Presentation File: PDF icon borgman.pdf

This is a Midewewin traditional ceremony. Water is in all things in creation. Prayers for the water is universal. It is believed that the simple act of praying for the water changes it into a medicine. When a prayers is said and a song is sung, the water becomes sacred and a medicine that heals body, mind, spirit and emotions. A copper vessel is used and paper cups will be provided for each participant.

Presenter: Beatrice Jackson
Organization: Three Fires Midewewin Lodge

Environmental researchers who identify as social scientists often embrace interdisciplinary approaches. Traditionally this means engagement with the bio-physical sciences. And so, you’ll see partnerships of researchers and research methods to understand the “human dimensions” of ecological change in a particular place. This presentation expands the circle to include environmental humanities and the fine arts. Using examples from my Great Lakes research, the audience will consider the possibilities (and some pitfalls) of photography as a field method.

Presenter: Lynne Heasley
Organization: Western Michigan University

Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision and clear instruction. This early morning class, brief at 45 minutes, will focus on foundational standing asanas (postures), appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners, and will safely jump start your day. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, but they are not required. Please wear clothing that can stretch, or which has room to stretch, and understand that yoga postures are performed with bare feet and an open mind.

Presenter: David Larsen

Bringing together principles of both Indigenous knowledge and western science provides us with the necessary skills and critical thinking abilities that we can begin to use in addressing the complex environmental problems facing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities around the world today. This foundation inherently recognizes both the strengths and limitations of any single perspective when attempting to understand and address environmental and social issues.

Presenter: Dan Longboat
Organization: Trent University

Presentation File: PDF icon longboat_dan_friday_tsn_spa_2016.pdf

The Northern Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a fully aquatic salamander and key aquatic bioindicator. This species plays a critical ecological role in the Great Lakes region and also serves as the obligate host to the State Endangered Salamander Mussel (Simpsonaias ambigua). Populations have significant declined throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes in recent years due to several factors including habitat degradation and loss, invasive species, chemical application, persecution, and collection.

Presenter: David A. Mifsud
Organization: Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC
Presenter 2: Dr. Katherine Greenwald
Organization: Eastern Michigan Univeristy
Presenter 3: Richard Kik IV

Presentation File: PDF icon sn_2016_mudpuppy_project.pdf

You’ve worked year after year stewarding your land, investing valuable time, money, and energy into it. But what happens when the land changes hands? Will the next landowner share your conservation ethics, or will the next landowner decide to develop the land? What about the next landowner after that? And the one after that? Significant resources are invested each year in natural area management by private landowners, yet often little planning is done for the natural area’s permanent protection.

Presenter: Meghan Prindle
Organization: Legacy Land Conservancy & Six Rivers Land Conservancy

Presentation File: PDF icon llc.pdf

Prairie restorations are less diverse than remnant prairies, partly because some species are difficult to establish. Restoring soil microbes may increase success of prairie restorations. A prairie habitat in Chicago was designed to investigate whether adding mycorrhizal fungi to soil improves survival and growth of prairie plants in a restoration. Seedlings of four species of prairie plants were inoculated with one of three types of inoculum (uninoculated soil, fungi from remnant prairies, or fungi sold commercially). These “nurse plants” were transplanted into plots.

Presenter: Sarah Richardson
Organization: DePaul University

Presentation File: PDF icon richardson_stewardship_2016.pdf

How many times have you been asked to lead a nature walk highlighting your restoration efforts and dreaded it? For many, even one time is too many. Join Francie Krawcke, Certified Interpretative Guide to see, hear, and practice easy trail techniques. Everything from voice volume and cadence to a literal bag of tricks will change your feelings.

Presenter: Francie Krawcke
Organization: Michigan Avian Experience

Many of us working with young people in and out of schools in urban communities have witnessed how restoring the land can also support social networks and hope in the face of challenges and barriers such as institutional poverty and racism. At this roundtable discussion we will briefly share experiences from Great Lake Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) efforts in Flint and Detroit where place-based stewardship methods have been used as an approach to community renewal.

Presenter: M'Lis Bartlett
Organization: Discovering PLACE, University of Michigan-Flint University Outreach

Presenter 2: Ethan Lowenstein
Organization: Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, Eastern Michigan University

To accommodate a necessary expansion of the Brent Run Landfill in Montrose, MI, Waste Connections, Inc., needed to relocate approximately 4,000 feet of Brent Run Creek. Working closely with Waste Connections and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the GEI team assessed Brent Run Creek and its surrounding floodplain and developed a stream and wetland relocation and restoration plan which resulted in the creek relocation and construction of approximately 26 acres of wetlands.

Presenter: Brian Majka
Organization: GEI Consultants of Michigan

Presentation File: PDF icon brentrun_brianmajka.pdf

Every day, land managers must make decisions how to use limited time and financial resources to achieve management or restoration goals in parks, preserves, and other natural areas. Too often, “shotgun” or other ad hoc approaches are employed in the management of natural areas, resulting in ineffective or inefficient management. Using an objective, science-based approach to rank natural areas in terms of ecological quality offers a better way to prioritize areas for management, leading to more effective management outcomes.

Presenter: Justin Heslinga
Organization: Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Presentation File: PDF icon heslinga_rapid.pdf

So many plants, so little time!! Ever wondered what people mean when they say a plant's leaves are alternate, opposite or whorled? Can you tell a simple leaf from a compound leaf? Do you know the clues that a bud can send about a plant? Would you like to learn how to "key out" a plant using a plant guide? If you'd like to learn more about how to identify plants, this workshop is for you! General tips, a guide to field guides, and an overview of common species, with many samples of "woody plants in winter" for keying practice.

Presenter: Jacqueline Courteau

Presentation File: PDF icon woody_plants_workshop_handout.pdf

The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway is the Canadian freeway portion of a new international crossing between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan that is adjacent to a rare Tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The Parkway is the first provincial highway project to require locally sourced plant material and to use exclusively native seed mixes. It is the largest landscape installation associated with a provincial highway to date.

Presenter: Barb Macdonell
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Presentation File: PDF icon macdonell.pdf

Continuing the conversation begun at last year's conference where Mark Shepard provided a keynote and sessions on Restoration Agriculture and Shannon Brines led a session on keyline planning and plowing, this presentation will provide an update on Brines Farm's evolving understanding and integration of restoration agriculture techniques including notes from the field on multiple years of perennial plantings. Brines Farm expanded to 80 acres of historical farmland in 2012. Previous use of the land had abused the soil and sped water off site.

Presenter: Shannon J. Brines
Organization: Brines Farm LLC

Even the best prevention efforts are unable to stop all invasive species introductions, but a program that responds prudently and engages key stakeholders will help minimize the threat of invasions negatively affecting ecosystems. Under several Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants we implemented a statewide invasive species response program focusing on high threat aquatic plants. We conducted outreach, surveyed reported occurrences, planned and implemented responses for confirmed infestations, monitored results and delivered education programs.

Presenter: Kile Kucher
Organization: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Presenter 2: Phyllis Higman
Organization: Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Presentation File: PDF icon kucher_higman_tsn_2016.pdf

In our zeal to maintain and restore our natural areas, the focus often shifts towards invasive plant control. And while it is true that invasive plants are typically a major threat to the health of our ecosystems, it is important for the practitioner to wholly understand all sources of degradation impacting a site and, ultimately, the desired structure and function of the ecological community.

Presenter: Brian Majka
Organization: GEI Consultants of Michigan

Presentation File: PDF icon ecologicalrestoration_brianmajka.pdf

Wild Rice is an important cultural and food source plant for all Great Lakes Anishinabek peoples. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), located in south-western Michigan, is steward to small and large beds of Zizania aquatica var. aquatica, (Wild “River” Rice), a State of Michigan Threatened Species. With a small (but growing) land base, NHBP is committed to protection, preservation, return of rice to the Reservation, along with stewardship of existing stands of rice in the greater SW Michigan area.

Presenter: Stephen W. Allen
Organization: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Presentation File: PDF icon wild_rice.pdf, PDF icon mnomen_maps_2014-2015.pdf

Many times it is hard to visualize the impact of restoration projects at a scale that is appropriate for the work that you've done on the ground. Maps of where treatments have been applied, in the form of points or polygons, represent effort and not a trajectory or change. During this session we will provide case studies at various spatial scales that visualize change over time in geographic space. We will introduce data, software, and workflows that will aid in this process and provide opportunities for audience to pitch their own monitoring conundrums.

Presenter: Jason Tallant
Organization: University of Michigan
Presenter 2: Mike Appel
Organization: Mike Appel Environmental Design

Ever wanted to create lake depth contours on a small inland lake without paying a fortune to a private firm? After some trial and error, we have come up with a relatively low cost solution to do just that using a combination of GIS and GPS technology. So, if your GIS budget is tight, come learn how to create a very useful dataset in-house.

Presenter: Alan Proctor
Organization: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Presentation File: PDF icon bathemetry_ltbb.pdf

Agriculture--raising crops and grazing animals--is practiced on roughly 45% of all land in the U.S., compared to around 12% of land protected for conservation of natural areas. While it is important to preserve and restore existing high-quality natural areas, embracing restorative practices on agricultural land could enhance conservation efforts by increasing habitat connectivity and seed banks for many species, maintaining carbon sequestration in soil and woody plants, decreasing erosion and improving water quality, and still maintaining productivity of diverse food crops.

Presenter: Mike Levine
Organization: Nature and Nurture

Presenter 2: Shannon Brines
Organization: Brines Farm, LLC
Presenter 3: Mark Shepard
Organization: Restoration Agriculture Development

In 2015, two Kalamazoo Nature Center staff, Ashley Wick and Jennifer Brenneman, participated in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation's (NNOCCI) Study Circle. NNOCCI’s goal with their Study Circles is to establish a network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public. Wick and Brenneman brought back knowledge on communicating climate science to different audiences by framing climate change in a context to which people can relate.

Presenter: Ashley Anne Wick
Organization: Kalamazoo Nature Center
Presenter 2: Jennifer Brenneman
Organization: Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a simple vegetation-based tool available for restorationists to assess both natural communities and restoration projects. The assessment has been extensively researched, implemented, and debated within academic, government, and practitioner communities, and use of the FQA now extends to 33 states and 2 provinces. An introductory overview of the development and utilization of the FQA will be given, as well as some critiques, caveats, and adaptations.

Presenter: Adam R. Thada
Organization: Cardno, Inc.

Presentation File: PDF icon fqa.pdf

Environmental protection and restoration can take physical, mental and emotional energy. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program provides a way for farms of all sizes and commodities to to prove environmental stewardship. Learn about how MAEAP verified farms are making positive steps in protecting water resources and engage in a restorative group activity and an individual exercise that will revive your enthusiasm and provide you a way to keep your momentum and environmental message going forward.

Presenter: Amy Gilhouse

The disappearance of unmodified wildlands in the lower 48 has been drastic. Since 1650 unspoiled wildlands have declined by 92%. Since 1900 these wild places have decreased by nearly 83%. For Minnesota, the loss of our wildland heritage has been no less alarming. Since pre-settlement Minnesota’s wildlands have declined by 95%. Within 20 years, if current loss rates continue, 99% of our original wild heritage could be gone indefinitely.

Presenter: Bruce D. Anderson

Presentation File: PDF icon anderson.pdf

New York State’s 6 million acre Adirondack Park holds some of the most ecologically intact ecosystems in the United States. Most of the park remains relatively free of invasive species, which presents an exciting opportunity in conservation rarely seen anywhere else in the country. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), a regional partnership of government and private organizations, was formed in 1998 to effectively manage invasive species at a landscape scale.

Presenter: Zachary Simek

Presentation File: PDF icon simek.pdf

Amphibians and reptiles are recognized as key biological indicators of environmental health and critical members of healthy functioning ecosystems. As many species hold mid-level positions in food webs, they are important consumers of various invertebrate and vertebrate species that are considered harmful or destructive to native ecosystems and gardens. Often native species of amphibian and reptiles are not considered as part of the biological control approach as many are not aware of their benefits.

Presenter: David A. Mifsud
Organization: Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC

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.

Presenter: Mike Smalligan
Organization: MDNR

Presentation File: PDF icon foreststewardshipprogram_tsnconference_january2016_public.pdf

Prescribed fire is an important ecological tool; wildfires are a force of nature. Prescribed burn managers must conduct prescribed fires in a safe, responsible, and efficient manner while achieving their desired management objectives. There is a great deal of training available to prescribed burn managers and wildland firefighters. Training, combined with plenty of firsthand experience and the ability to continue to learn, leads to success on the fireline.

Presenter: Brad Woodson
Organization: McHenry County Conservation District

Presentation File: PDF icon woodson_mishaps.pdf, PDF icon woodson_burning_daylight_2016.pdf

Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The 3-hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. Some select topics for Category 6 Right of Way will be included. We recommend participants read and study the Core and Category 6 Manuals before attending the review. Copies may be ordered from or by calling 800-709-9195. County Extension may also have copies available.

Presenter: John Stone
Organization: MSU