Opportunity to Network Between Southeastern and Midwestern Prairie Ecologists

A few months ago, I wrote a post about the necessity for better communication between those working on grassland restoration projects in longleaf pine woodlands and those in midwestern prairies.  At the time, I suggested the need for opportunities to bring together restoration practitioners from both ecosystems (and others) to share experiences and ideas.

Longleaf pine woodlands are just grasslands with pine trees.

As it happens, just such an opportunity has arisen in the form of the Southeastern Prairie Symposium, which will be held in Starkville, Mississippi May 14-17, 2012.  The symposium is not focused on longleaf pine, but more generally on prairies and grasslands of the southeastern United States.  If you’re an ecologist or land manager working on prairies outside of that region, I would encourage you to take a look at the conference website and consider attending.  It looks like a great chance to see some excellent prairies and to interact with the people who restore and manage them.

The website for the symposium is:  http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/prairie/index.asp



About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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One Response to Opportunity to Network Between Southeastern and Midwestern Prairie Ecologists

  1. James C. Trager says:

    I so want to go to this, but am not sure I can break away. Not all the prairies of the Southeast have pines on them: There are a number of completely treeless prairies in that area that look very much like patches of prairie in the Midwest, especially the drier sorts. And some of the folks hosting this event are fellow entomologists with a passion for prairie. What could be better than that? :)


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