Register Now – 2016 Grassland Restoration Network Workshop

It is time to register for the Grassland Restoration Network’s 2016 workshop.  The Grassland Restoration Network has helped people working on prairie restoration share techniques and conservation strategies since 2003.  You can read my blog post from last year’s workshop in Minnesota here and from the 2014 workshop at The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands in Illinois here.

One of the best ways to learn from each other is to visit each others' projects and evaluate them together. 2015 Grassland Restoration Network workshop - Minnesota.
One of the best ways to learn from each other is to visit each others’ projects and evaluate them together. 2015 Grassland Restoration Network workshop – Minnesota.

The 2016 workshop will be September 13-14 right here in Nebraska.  It is co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies and Prairie Plains Resource Institute.  You can see the agenda and other information for the workshop here.

Registration for the workshop is open now through August 19.  There is no registration fee for the first 75 people to register, but you’ll be responsible for your own transportation and lodging, and some meals.  To register, send an email to Mardell Jasnowski at mjasnowski(at)tnc.org.  Include answers to the following questions:

Name

Organization/Affiliation

Address

Phone Number

Email Address

Will you take part in the optional Tuesday morning tour in Aurora?

Will you be eating Tuesday evening supper?

Will you be eating Wednesday lunch?

Do you have any dietary restrictions?  If so, list them here:

Thank you to Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Environmental Trust for helping to cover the costs of registration for this conference.

 

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

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