Stewardship Network Webcasts

The Stewardship Network presents monthly webcasts from noon to 1 p.m. (Eastern time zone) on the second Wednesday of each month, covering a variety of conservation and land management topics.

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Stewardship Network Webcast Archive

July 2012: Aerial Imagery

This webinar will review and recap the latest applications and lessons learned by Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) in aerial imagery, remote sensing and aerial photo interpretation. AES is using a Leica RCD 30, high-resolution, multi-spectral camera, as a cost effective means of monitoring and evaluating lands for comprehensive restoration planning. By combining the imaging technology with AES’ acute understanding of seasonal phenology and vegetation response to changing conditions image applications have focused on the seasonal calendar of opportunity. You will see a number of example applications and how they are tied to the seasonal calendar. You will also gain an understanding of how image resolution and utilization of the infrared data contribute to mapping things like: aquatic and terrestrial vegetation types, storm damage, ownership boundary encroachment, hydrologic change, farmed wetlands, point/non-point source impacts, invasive species distribution, impervious cover, tree canopy, agricultural crop production and much, much more.

June 2012: Biocontrol of Invasive Plants: procedures, safety, and effectiveness

Biocontrol of Invasive Plants: procedures, safety, and effectivenessInvasive plants pose a threat to the ecological integrity of natural and restored ecosystems. Depending on the plant and its state of invasion, appropriate techniques for control range from hand pulling to herbicide sprays. But what do you do when conventional controls have failed and tens of thousands of acres are infested? This webcast will focus on the science and practice of weed biocontrol, i.e. the use of a plant’s natural enemies (herbivores, pathogens) to control its population growth and spread. The presentation will review the research, decision-making, and regulatory processes with an emphasis on evaluating the environmental safety of biological control. We will also update participants on the status of purple loosestrife, garlic mustard, and spotted knapweed biological control efforts in Michigan.

May 2012: A CWMA for Swallow-wort in Northwest Oakland County

In 2009 three townships, three conservancies, and a county park system came together under the umbrella of a local Stewardship Network Cluster to begin mapping and managing invasive swallow-wort on protected and private lands of ecological significance within the Shiawassee Basin in Oakland County, MI. Several field seasons, land-owner outreach sessions, and grant applications later, we share our lessons learned. Presented by Heather Huffstutler, Stewardship Director, Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy, and Brittany Bird, Natural Resources Planner, Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

April 2012: Garlic Mustard and the 2012 Challenge

It's that time of year again! Join us as we officially kick of the 2012 Garlic Mustard Challenge with our April webcast. Mark Renz will be joining us to give an overview of the biology of garlic mustard, emphasizing critical stages for management. Multiple management methods (Mechanical, hand removal, cultural and herbicide) will be discussed including a discussion of when and where it is appropriate to conduct each method. Tina Roselle, our Volunteer Garlic Mustard Challenge Coordinator, will also be joining us to talk about this year's Challenge, our goals, and what's new from previous years.

March 2012: Environmental Stewardship on Corporate Lands: Greening Corporate Grounds in the GTA

Donna will present on the Greening Corporate Grounds Program and other resources to aid businesses and institutions with outdoor greening on their lands. She'll discuss the many benefits of greening practices and its contribution to broader issues such as corporate responsibility. Donna will present on case studies from the program and conclude with an overview of expansion plans and the tools available to others with similar goals.

February 2012: Handling Environmental Conflict Creatively

Almost all environmental issues in our complex modern society involve some form of conflict. Ed Sketch, an experienced conflict professional, wants to change this. He has used his over 30 years of conflict experience in the auto industry to develop a systematic approach to conflict handling, which also encourages us to see conflict as potentially creative. He will present an overview of his Creative Conflict Model in this webcast and discuss its application to environmental issues.

December 2011: Great Lakes Water Economy

The Great Lakes hold a full 20% of the world's fresh water. It's an incredible resource, and an incredible responsibility. As residents of the Lake States, it's up to us to care for this amazing resource. Out West, water is managed through Water Rights law. How do we manage our own abundance of fresh water, and what are the implications of our actions and decision for our region and beyond? What are the various ways we may choose to steward this precious natural resource into the future? We will explore this topic from several perspectives with the help of our guest presenters.

November 2011: Great Lakes Dunes

The coastal sand dunes along the Eastern Coast of Lake Michigan make up the largest collection of freshwater coastal dunes in the world. Our studies of these dunes give us valuable information that will help us manage and protect them and yields important insights into both the development of coastal dunes in general and climate change in Michigan over the last 5000 years. In order to create a history of the Lake Michigan dune complex, we need to know when the dunes began forming, the timing of the various episodes of dune growth and migration, the ways in which these events changed the geometry and position of the dunes.