the 2015 agenda, with links to abstracts and speaker bios

2015 Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems
(Note: all sessions are identified with audience in mind - BEG = Beginner; INT = Intermediate; ADV = Advanced)
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lisa Brush, Executive Director, The Stewardship Network
Mark Shepard, CEO, Forest Agriculture Enterprises
Session Bytes (Three 15-minute presentations on current topics)
An Overview of A Field Guide to the Natural
Communities of Michigan, Joshua G. Cohen,
Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan
State University Extension (BEG)
Helping Farmers Protect Water Quality - The
MAEAP, Amy Gilhouse, National Fish and Wildlife
Best Practices for Developing Algae Bloom Early
Warning Detection Systems, Dhareus Franks,
Using SEAD to Support Collaboration Among Land Oak Savanna Restoration Roundtable, Mitch
Soil Qualities Affecting Resistance,
Managers, Scientists, and the Community, Dharma Lettow, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy Resilience and Restoration, Hugh
Akmon, SEAD, University of Michigan (INT)
Brown, Ball State University (INT)
Mast Production in an Increasingly Stochastic
World: Using Citizen Science to Quantify Mast
Occurrence and Production in Michigan, Alexander
K. Killion, Michigan State University (INT)
Tallgrass prairie restoration at the Emiquon
Deny the Mine: Creating a Social Network to
preserve: Change in floristic composition during the Protect Land and Water in Washtenaw County,
early stages of restoration, Amy McEuen, University Artemis Eyster, Chelsea Roots and Shoots(BEG)
of Illinois Springfield (INT)
Dendroremediation: Using Trees to Clean Polluted
Soil, Erin Quetell, The Greening of Detroit (INT)
Timberdoodles in Michigan: Habitat Restoration
Techniques and Management Opportunities for
American Woodcock, Eric Ellis, Ruffed Grouse
Society/American Woodcock Society (BEG)
A new approach to monitoring conservation
easements from a fixed wing aircraft, Charles
Dawley, Little Traverse Conservancy (BEG)
Predicting Hatching Success in Eastern Box Turtles
Across Habitat Types, Anthony Beals, Michigan
State University (INT)
Response to drought in prairie restoration: stability
of what?, Tyler Bassett, Michigan State University
Full Circle Learning and Living- Promoting Resilience
in Ecosystem Relations within the Camp Model and
Outdoor Programs, Heather Naigus, Great Lakes
Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (BEG)
"Never doubt that a small group of committed
Advanced Roundtable on Invasive Species
people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only Control, David Mindell, PlantWise Restoration
thing that ever has."Margaret Mead Invasive
Species Success Stories from the Field, Linda Walsh
Lapinski, OPIS Task Force; et al
Afternoon Speaker
Rosina Bierbaum, Professor University of Michigan
Conurrent Sessions
The Application of Prescribed Fire and Herbicide to The Two Hearted River Watershed – Top to Bottom
Reduce Carex pensylvanica cover at the Newaygo Restoration of a watershed and its forest, Tina Hall,
Prairies Research Natural Area, Manistee National The Nature Conservancy (INT)
Forest, Michigan, Todd Aschenbach, Grand Valley
State University(INT)
Restoration Agriculture 101: Keyline
Planning, Plowing, and Cultivation,
Shannon Brines, Brines Farm LLC
Concurrent Sessions
A Conservation Plan for the Next 100 Years:
Securing the Health of Nature and People in an
Urban Metropolis, Arnold Randall, Forest Preserves
of Cook County (BEG)
Adapting to Future Trends in Volunteerism: Creation
of a Volunteer Stewardship Team at Fenner
Conservancy, Jenny Mensch, Volunteer Coordinator,
Fenner Nature Center. Mark Ledebuhr, Stewardship
Chair, Fenner Nature Center (BEG)
“Tribal efforts to restore a native cisco (Coregonus Feral Swine in Michigan, Tim Wilson, USDA Wildlife Roundtable on Prescribed Fire, David
artedi) in Lake Michigan: Implications for native fish Services (ADV)
Borneman, Restoring Nature with Fire (ADV)
community structure, function and resilience" Kevin
Donner, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Fish
Hatcheries (TBA)
Using Archaeological Data to
Document and Understand
Sustainability and Resilience Issues
Related to Lake Sturgeon and Wild
Rice, James A Robertson, Michigan
Department of Transportation (INT)
Paradise Lake Pilot Boat Washing Station:
Preventing the Spread of AIS in the Lake Michigan
Watershed and Engaging a Community, Kira Davis,
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (BEG)
Creating and Sustaining a Resilient Volunteer Corps:
Best Practices for Organizations Small and Large,
Judy Kingsbury, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Arboretum (INT)
Strolling Dinner & Poster Reception with Cash Bar
Water Ceremony - Josephine Mandamin, Elder Wikwemikong Unceded Nation
Evening Program Presentation - Josephine Mandamin, Elder Wikwemikong Unceded Nation
Talking Circle - Josephine Mandamin, Elder Wikwemikong Unceded Nation
Open Game Room (cards, board games and puzzles)
How The Stewardship Network Creates Resilient
Communities - 21st Century Conservation, Spencer
Kellum, The Stewardship Network; Lisa Brush, The
Stewardship Network (INT)
The MDOT Fauna Review Process for Listed Species (cont'd) Roundtable on Prescribed Fire, David
and Approaches for the Protection of Wildlife,
Borneman, Restoring Nature with Fire (ADV)
Richard A. Wolinski, Michigan Department of
Transportation (INT)
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lisa Brush, Executive Director, The Stewardship Network
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Professor, State University of New York
Concurrent Workshops
Developing an Approach
for Identifying and
Mapping Vernal Pools in
Michigan, Yu Man Lee,
Michigan Natural
Features Inventory;
Helen Enander, Michigan
Natural Features
Inventory; Laura
Michigan Tech Research
Institute (ADV)
What Price Restoration:
Budgeting for Invasive
Species Removal and
Project Maintenance,
Chris May, The Nature
Conservancy (INT)
Beyond the Usual
Suspects in Invasive
Species Control Detection and Control of
Oak Wilt, Ceratocystis
Fagacearum, in Michigan
State Parks, Heidi Frei,
Michigan Department of
Natural Resources (INT)
Promoting Techniques for
Creating Resilient
Populations with an
Introduction to the
Michigan Amphibian and
Reptile Best Management
Practices Manual, David
A. Mifsud, Herpetological
Resource and
Resistance, Resilience,
Practical Phragmites
and Transformation: Oak Control, Robert Williams,
Savanna Restoration in a (BEG)
Rapidly Changing
Climate, Christopher
Hoving, Michigan
Department of Natural
Resources (INT)
The Gathering Society:
Building Bridges and
Keeping Traditional
Knowledge Alive, The
Gathering Society (INT)
Black Ash Basket-Making
Demonstration: The
Emerald Ash Borer and Its
Effects on Basketmakers,
Renee "Wasson" Dillard,
Little Traverse Bay Bands
of Odawa Indians (INT)
Chains Saws, Brush
Cutters and
Breakdowns - A
Maintenance How-To
Workshop, Michael
Hahn, City of Ann
Arbor Natural Area
Preservation (ADV)
Evaluating Water
Quality Best
Management Practice
Effectiveness to Inform
Decision Making and
Policy, Emma Giese,
Chesapeake Research
Consortium (BEG)
Reducing Community
Vulnerability and
Increasing Resilience
Through Ecological
Design, Steve Whitman,
Resilience, Planning &
Design LLC (INT)
Natural Patterns of
Decision Making, Steve
Thomas, Atwell LLC (INT)
Gadgets and Apps for the
Field, Alicia Ihnken,
Michigan Department of
Natural Resources, Parks
and Recreation Division
Sustainable Agriculture
Feasibility on Nature
Preserves in the Walloon
Lake Watershed, Heather
Huffstutler, Walloon Lake
Trust and Conservancy
(cont'd) The Gathering
Society: Building Bridges
and Keeping Traditional
Knowledge Alive, The
Gathering Society (INT)
(cont'd) Black Ash BasketMaking Demonstration:
The Emerald Ash Borer
and Its Effects on
Basketmakers, Renee
"Wasson" Dillard, Little
Traverse Bay Bands of
Odawa Indians (INT)
Prescribed Fire
Equipment Troubleshooting and
Workshop, Michael
Hahn, City of Ann
Arbor Natural Area
Preservation (ADV)
The Michigan Dune
Alliance - Restoring
Eastern Lake Michigan
Coastal Ecosystems,
Shaun Howard, The
Nature Conservancy
Vernal Pool
Assessment and
Monitoring in Michigan,
Yu Man Lee, Daria Hyde,
Michigan Natural
Features Inventory (ADV)
Non-Native Phragmites
Management in
Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula: Working to
De-Phrag the UP!, Darcy
Rutkowski, Upper
Peninsula Resource
Conservation &
Development Council
The History of Wild Rice in Michigan:
Where Have All the Rice Beds Gone?,
Barb Barton, Endangered Species
Consulting (INT)
Engaging Visitors and
Volunteers with
Customized Mobile
Guides using Animal
Diversity Web Data,
Tanya Dewey, Animal
Diversity Web (ADV)
Tortoise wins the Race:
Transformation Away
from Invasive Phragmites
Requires Slower,
Sustained Effort Through
Specialized Equipment
for Detroit River-Western
Lake Erie Cooperative
Weed Management
Area, Greg Norwood,
Detroit River
International Wildlife...
12:05 - 1:15
Our Duty and
Responsibility as
Josephine Mandamin,
Elder Wikwemikong
Unceded Nation (BEG)
Restoration Agriculture:
Farming in Nature's
Image, Mark Shepard,
CEO, Forest Agriculture
Lunch and the Return of the Cluster Cup
Successful Volunteer
Management: How
Proper Recruitment and
Evaluation Lead to
Improved Retention,
Jason Frenzel, Huron
River Watershed Council
GIS/Remote Sensing
Applications in Natural
Areas Management,
Jason Tallant, University
of Michigan Biological
Station (INT)
Guiding Landowners in Increasing Effectiveness
Stream Restoration, Rob of Phragmites
Myllyoja, Stantec (INT)
Eradication Efforts with
Improved Application
Technology, Mark
Ledebuhr, Application
Insight, LLC, and Phyllis
Higman, Michigan
Natural Features
Inventory (ADV)
Ethical Concerns about
Michigan Tribes and
Climate Change, Kyle
Whyte, Michigan State
University (BEG)
Natural Advantages: The
Power of Parks, Heritage
and Outdoor Assets in the
Place-based Economy,
Brad Garmon, Michigan
Environmental Council;
Ann Conklin, Michigan
Recreation and Park
Association (INT)
Herbicide Mode of
Action and Application
Discussion and
Demonstration, Paul
MacNellis, The
Stewardship Network
Southwest Corner
Cluster (INT)
Resilient Rights-ofWay Panel Discussion:
Making the Most of
Our Roadsides and
Utility Corridors,
Moderator: Martha
Consulting &
Technology, Inc.;
Panelists: Rob Roman,
Linn County Secondary
Road Department;
Luba Sitar, ITC Holdin