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Heeding the Call - Tenth Annual MWGL Chapter Meeting
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4/20/2018 to 4/22/2018
When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Where: Stevens Point, Wisconsin 
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The Tenth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point-Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin from April 20 to April 22, 2018. 

With a theme of Heeding the Call, our goal for the meeting is to explore how to promote the call to expand restoration efforts and partnerships beyond the typical site scale to larger spatial scales encompassing multiple ecosystem types.

This year’s Chapter meeting will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteer Symposium. Our three day component of this exciting joint meeting includes:

  • Keynote Presentation by Stephen Carpenter (University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology). “Past and Future Change in the Yahara Watershed: An Ecological Experiment Using Scenarios”
  • Plenary Presentation by Tracy Hames (Wisconsin Wetlands Association). “Landscape-scale Wetland Restoration in Wisconsin: There’s More to It Than Just Good Science”
  • Meeting Host Plenary Session on “Applied Learning Through Practice, Research and Reflection: Engaging University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Students in Meaningful Ecological Restoration in Central Wisconsin”. Faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources will share results of their work restoring healthy ecosystems on campus lands and with the state of Wisconsin partners.
  • Choice of One of Two Symposia: 1) River Floodplain and Wetland Restoration in the Midwest; 2) Advancing Like a Fire Through the Understory – Progress and Perspectives in Oak Savanna Restoration.
  • Choice of One of Four Workshops: 1) Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to the Planning of Ecological Restoration Data Collection Efforts; 2) Don’t Talk Like a Scientist; 3) Online Training Program Development for Ecological Restoration; 4) Who Me? A Modeler? Using Simple Modeling Tools to Explore the Costs and Benefits Management Scenarios.
  • Choice of One of Six Field Trips or Three Volunteer Work Days: 1) Moses and Lost Creek Restoration Projects Field Trip; 2) Emmons Creek Savanna Restoration Field Trip; 3) Tomorrow River Fish Habitat Restoration Field Trip; 4) Schmeekle Reserve Restoration Project Work Day; 5) Green Circle Trail Invasive Species Management  Project Work Day; 6) Holiday Inn Pond and Riparian Restoration Project Work Day.
  • 59 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations: Presenters from ten states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Kentucky, Virginia) and the District of Columbia will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, savanna, stream, wetland, and lake restoration. Presentation topics include invasive species control, use of prescribed fire, evaluating restoration techniques, overviews of restoration designs, and more!
  • Social Events: Several social events are scheduled that include a sponsorship reception on Friday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.