2017 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference


Sponsoring Organization: The Stewardship Network

Date: January 13 & January 14, 2017

Start Time: 9:00 AM

End Time: 4:30 PM

Location : Kellogg Conference Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI

Description of the Event: The Stewardship Network is pleased to bring you two great days of informative presentations, networking sessions, and workshops that will focus on the Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems.

Join us for a great line up of presentations; connect with natural areas professionals, volunteers, and researchers with decades of experience, as well as students and newcomers to the field. Discover new ideas and techniques that you can integrate into your daily work. Through plenary talks, focused presentations, and workshops, conference participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of ecosystem restoration.

The 2017 Keynote Speaker is author and environmentalist, John Francis. After witnessing the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill, John chose to stop using motorized vehicles for 22 years and became known as "the planetwalker." He also took a vow of silence after realizing his previously argumentative approach to environmental issues was detrimental to true understanding and collaboration. He did not speak for 17 years, ending the streak in 1990. He has since founded Planetwalk, a non-profit environmental awareness organization, and earned a PhD in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now a visiting associate professor.

Join over 400 participants from across the Great Lakes Region and beyond
Utilize discounted member, student, and presenter registration rates
Enter Photography and Student Poster competitions with cash prizes
Witness a Midewewin water ceremony

Saturday afternoon workshop sessions include:

Forest Stewardship Planning and Certification Workshop - Mike Smalligan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Advanced Prescribed Fire Techniques - Robert "Zeke" Ziel, Lake States Fire Science Consortium
The Art of Basket Weaving - Renee "Wasson" Dillard, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Spread the Word! Successful Ways to Tell Your Success Stories - Mark Brush, Michigan Radio


This year our presenters will address a wide variety of stewardship issues, including:

Water Quality
Watershed Conservation
Species of Concern
Environmental Justice
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Native Pollinators
Invasive Species Control
Restoration Agriculture
Prescribed Fire
Environmental Education
Use of GIS and Spatial data
We look forward to seeing you at the 10th anniversary of the Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystem conference. It will be held January 13th & 14th, 2017 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI.

The Stewardship Network

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