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.
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