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

September 2011: Asian Carp

Michigan is engaged on all fronts to prevent Asian carp from establishing populations in the state. The scientific, policy, legal, and education tools being applied to toward this end will be summarized. Federal, state, local, and non-governmental initiatives will be outlined, as will reasons for concern about an invasion. Join David Clapp, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, for this informative upcoming webcast!

August 2011: Cattail Hybridization

Since the mid 1900s, managers have noticed an increase in cattail populations in wetlands managed for wildlife. Research has shown that increased nutrient levels and more stable water levels have hastened their expansion, with invasive species and their hybrids often out-competing endemic varieties. Join Steve Travis and Joy Marburger to learn about the roles of hybridization in cattail invasions, and management methods such as hand pulling, crushing, and water level management.

July 2011: Successful Native Plant Landscapes

What is a successful native plant landscape? Native plants are used for a number of reasons that can be quantitatively measured like gallons of runoff reduced, number of species increased, hours saved on maintenance, and more. Despite this, native plantings fail every year because designs often fail to address human needs for space and simplicity, or physical needs like circulation and drainage. A successful native plant design begins long before a trowel hits the ground, and continues many years after establishment.

June 2011: Phragmites

Phragmites is the common reed which has taken over many of our natural areas. It outcompetes native plants and creates a monoculture. Topics include how to identify phragmites, native phragmites vs. non-native phragmites, and its biology and distribution. Methods of control will also be discussed, including herbicide treatments, techniques, and the permit process.

May 2011: Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

Steve Apfelbaum and Alan Haney have developed this webcast to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. Based on their work in southern and central Wisconsin, they have set up a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. They offer systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. Tune in and learn how to champion your restoration projects!

April 2011: Garlic Mustard and the 2011 Challenge Kick-Off!

Garlic mustard is an herbacious invasive that threatens the health and biodiversity of our native ecosystems. The Stewardship Network is hosting our fourth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge this year, and we're encouraging land management staff, volunteers, and anyone who wants to get involved to get out in the woods and compete to see who can pull the most of this delicious delinquent plant! With our crew of presenters, we'll be discussing the biology of the plant, control methods, how to engage your community around garlic mustard removal, and the importance of early detection work on a region-wide scale!

March 2011: Nurturing Communications for Stewardship

Biodiversity Project’s mission is to strengthen environmental groups by improving their communications to reach their conservation goals. During this session we will explore two questions. 1. Why is it that so few people value healthy restored natural areas? 2. How can strategic, research-based communications help change people’s attitudes and behavior? We will explore techniques and tools to help groups plan effective communications and provide specific recommendations and examples of how to improve communications strategies and materials.

February 2011: Management of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems

Resource managers have all heard the statement that they should “use the best available science” when making management decisions. However, managers often do not know what the “best available science” is, and scientists often do not understand the type of information managers need to help them solve their real-world problems. The newly-formed Lake States Fire Science Consortium is working to improve this dialogue between managers and scientists for fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. This presentation will introduce the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and share examples of on-going and successful manager-scientist partnerships associated with 1) jack pine forest ecosystem management and the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, and 2) the restoration of red pine and eastern white pine forest ecosystems in the Lake States.