The Annual Grassland Restoration Network Workshop – Coming to A Prairie Near You (If You’re Near Columbia, Missouri)

The Grassland Restoration Network is a loose affiliation of those of us trying to use prairie restoration (reconstruction) as a way to rebuild, conserve and sustain grassland ecosystems.  Each year, we put on a workshop to share ideas, techniques, research results, and stories with other.  Workshops are hosted by a different site each year, giving us the opportunity to visit a range of projects over the years. 

Kicking the dirt together helps us better understand challenges and strategies being employed at each others’ sites, but also stimulates better discussions than when we’re sitting in a sterile hotel conference room.  The workshops tend to minimize lectures and maximize both formal and informal discussion time.  I missed the 2012 workshop, but you can read my posts about the 2011 workshop in Indiana by clicking here.

A field discussion at the 2009 Grassland Restoration Network in Nebraska.

Bill Whitney, of Prairie Plains Resource Institute, leads a field discussion during the 2009 Grassland Restoration Network in Nebraska.

This year’s workshop will be hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation in Columbia, Missouri from July 16-18.  If you are interested in attending, you can download the preliminary agenda and registration information by clicking here

In addition, you can follow the activities of the Grassland Restoration Network on our new blog/website, initiated by Bill Kleiman, at Nachusa Grasslands.  That link is here.

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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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3 Responses to The Annual Grassland Restoration Network Workshop – Coming to A Prairie Near You (If You’re Near Columbia, Missouri)

  1. Tim Upham says:

    Grassland restoration does not just belong in the Midwest, or what we typically associate with the Prairie States. In Oregon, the state bird, the western meadowlark, is disappearing, because the natural prairies of the Willamette Valley have been converted into farmland. So there is a desperate need for grassland restoration there.

  2. James C. Trager says:

    Grasslands everywhere are besieged, it seems. Sadly, this year, when it’s right in my backyard, so to speak, I won’t make this gathering, but recommend it to anyone who can. (I’ll be in the antithesis of grassland, the dense boreal forest of northernmost Wisconsin, at the time.

  3. Best of luck with this year’s workshop!

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