Save the Date – Grassland Restoration Network in Nebraska September 13-14, 2016

The Grassland Restoration Network is a loose affiliation of people 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.

The next workshop will be hosted here in central Nebraska (near Grand Island) on September 13 and 14, 2016.  We’ll visit sites owned by both Prairie Plains Resource Institute and The Nature Conservancy (Platte River Prairies).  As always, we will compare notes on restoration techniques and we will look at a variety of plantings, from brand new to more then 20 years old.  In addition, however, we will talk about how to evaluate the success of restoration projects beyond simply counting plant species.  We will tour restored sites with a number of researchers who have helped us see whether we’re actually restoring ecological function at our Platte River Prairies – including whether or not we are defragmenting the landscape for a variety of insect and animal species.

Bill Kleiman (white hat) leads a tour of a restored prairie at The Nature Conservancy's Nachusa Grassland.

Bill Kleiman (white hat) leads a tour of a restored prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grassland during the 2014 Grassland Restoration Network workshop.

Grassland Restoration Network workshops typically include people from around the Central United States and beyond.  I hope you’ll consider attending this workshop to learn from others and contribute your ideas and experiences.  The cost will be kept as low as possible, and will probably include primarily food and lodging.

You can click on the following links to read reports from the last couple of workshops (2014, 2015) and to see a collection of lessons learned by network members.

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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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4 Responses to Save the Date – Grassland Restoration Network in Nebraska September 13-14, 2016

  1. Mary Pinard says:

    Dear Chris,
    I would very much like to attend this workshop. How can I find out more about registering, costs, etc.?

    Thank you,
    Mary

  2. Martin McAllister says:

    Hey Chris. Enjoyed your talk at the conference this week. Thought you might be interested in this article:
    http://m.phys.org/news/2016-02-years-survey-wisconsin-prairies-rapidly.html

  3. Pingback: Register Now – 2016 Grassland Restoration Network Workshop | The Prairie Ecologist

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