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.
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.
Nonnative invasive species present what may be the greatest threat to the long-term health and sustainability of Wisconsin's forests. To respond to this threat, the Wisconsin Council on Forestry created the Forestry Invasives Leadership Team to develop voluntary best management practices (BMPs) to help limit the introduction and spread of invasive species. Tune in and join Thomas Boos to hear about our successes in developing and implementing these best management practices on a State-wide level! Find out how easy it is for your state to adopt these BMPs and collaborate on regional outreach effort.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!