Reading the Landscape

 

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Reading The Landscape

by Steve Glass

 

The advancing urban glacier is shaping our terrain.

Pausing in the prairie of Shoveler’s Sink,

at this spot on the Green Bay Lobe,

I hear the clamor of its westward surges,

driven by worldly anxiety, confusion, and urges.

The modern-day Ice Age has produced a mess,

It is not a glacier of snow, ice, and glacial till,

rather, an advancing sheet of urban fill.

 

Atop the Driftless Edge,

in the shadow of Blue Mounds’ ancient landscape

its approach can be seen and sensed.

Here at the eco-tone of past, present, and future,

change and disruption have arrived.

Our rising emissions

signal society’s omissions.

The present has become a foreign country.

 

The relentless and inexorable march of

roads, houses, and malls,

The urban fill of commercial and industrial drumlins.

The moraines of brick, glass and steel.

Instead of kettles holes, we have storm water ponds,

brimming with toxic slurry from urban sheet flow,

spilling off the outwash plain of parking lots.

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Along the Johnstown Moraine, at Timber Lane.

what the glacier of urban encroachment has wrought,  one can see now:

It wore down the remnant landscape,

first laid waste by the plow and cow,

scoured the aboriginal soils of their ancient life,

and sealed their fate with asphalt, and oil.

 

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At the leading edge of this relentless human expansion,

episodic and inexorable in force,

lie frayed communities—civic and biotic—

stressed and torn,

connective tissues ripped.

It advances unevenly,

spreading inequality.

 

Abandoned barns and farmhouses in the shadow of apartment complexes,

slowly decay.

Sadly, they await their turn under the glacier of urban sprawl.

It will soon arrive,

of this civic officials are in thrawl.

Strip malls, mega churches, and hobby farms on a 5-acre lot,

fill every seemingly “empty” spot.

Injury to this former native landscape emphasized with insult

and irony.

by hi-tech startups on Silicon Prairie Drive.

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Sprawling trophy houses–unlike glacial erratics of old–

Squat malignantly on ridge tops.

Erasing—in a spasm of obliviousness—the bluestems and shooting stars.

Evicting—in a cloud of indifference—the former tenants: the Bobolink, the meadowlark,

and the meadow hawk (dragonfly, as you know).

 

The glacier of blindness

lubricated with ignorance

replacing, for the sake of the City,

Bio-diversity with simplicity.

Not only the -diversity part

But also the –bio part: life in sheer quantity and complexity.

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The glacier of urban encroachment and transformation

wiping out every last old field, prairie patch, and vernal pool,

perforating the landscape, fragmenting it, and isolating us.

Gone are Emily’s clovers and bees.

Leaving behind,

suburban ghost forests of childless trees.

 

 

 

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Fourth National Climate Assessment Is Packed With Info for Restorationists

The U.S. federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment speaks to the value of ecological restoration as an important adaptive strategy to help deal with current and anticipated future effects of global climate change.

The federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment  (NCA4) , released just after Thanksgiving, not only issues a loud alarm call about current and future global climate disruption effects across the United States, but also provides a detailed guide to the many ways that society can—and must—plan for and adapt.   The report enlists conservationists, natural area managers, farmers, and engineers, among many others in attempting to meet the challenges of climate disruption.

Important Restoration Planning Tool

The report is essential reading for restoration ecologists and others who engage in conversation and land management, for at least four reasons.  First, the NCA4 documents the ways in which ecosystems, ecosystem services, and biodiversity have already been, and will likely be, impacted by climate change; secondly, the report provides a template for the many ways that the country (and world) will have to adapt; thirdly, the report provides examples  and case studies in which these adaptation strategies have been implemented and fourthly, provides an analysis of ways in which these adaptation strategies can be modified, enhanced, and expanded ecosystems.  These are all things we need to take into account when writing our restoration plans.

Regional Reports

In addition to the National Topic Chapters, the NCA4 document will be of particular interest to those of us who life and work in the Great Lakes region because of the extensive and detailed regional report on the Midwest which includes sections on agriculture, forestry, biodiversity and ecosystems, human health, transportation and infrastructure and community vulnerability and adaptation, plus an extensive focus on the Great Lakes.

Each topic chapter features a Key Message (KM). For example, Key Message 3 Biodiversity and Ecosystems, says:

“The ecosystems of the Midwest support a diverse array of native species and provide people with essential services such as water purification, flood control, resource provision, crop pollination, and recreational opportunities. Species and ecosystems, including the important freshwater resources of the Great Lakes, are typically most at risk when climate stressors, like temperature increases, interact with land-use change, habitat loss, pollution, nutrient inputs, and nonnative invasive species. Restoration of natural systems, increases in the use of green infrastructure, and targeted conservation efforts, especially of wetland systems, can help protect people and nature from climate change impacts.”

Using a Restoration Approach to Help

The report cites ways that, using a restoration or adaptive management approach, can provide some effective and efficient protection against  some effects of climate change.  The report cites as examples,  prescribed management burns to reduce fuel loads and promote ecosystem health and protecting and creating pollinator habitat as ways to make natural and agricultural systems more resilient.

Case Studies

NCA4 spotlights several Midwestern adaptive initiatives that restorationists in the region may be familiar with and can certainly be proud of and take inspiration from.  These include:

Integrating strips of native prairie vegetation into row crops has been shown to reduce sediment and nutrient loss from fields, as well as improve biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services, as has been done by faculty and students at Iowa State University.
Menominee Tribal Enterprises (Wisconsin) staff create opportunity from adversity by replanting a forest opening caused by oak wilt disease with a diverse array of tree and understory plant species that are expected to fare better under future climate conditions.
Solar carports recently installed on the campus of Michigan State University.
Several Midwestern cities such as Milwaukee, WI have begun to restore streams to their natural condition so that they can safely carry away more water during heavy rains.

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How Should Ecological Restoration Practitioners Incorporate Climate Change Predictions Into Work Plans?

 

What are the future opportunities and challenges for restoration in the age of climate change?

Indicators of a changing global climate include increases in the frequency and severity of extreme events such as precipitation, flooding, and drought, and a more variable climate. But these factors signal global changes; they cannot tell you what to expect where you work. You will have to develop a monitoring checklist of events that are relevant to your geographic area.

Pay attention to local weather patterns and especially to extreme events, such as drought, storms, and flooding, for potential impacts on species distributions. Many of us have seen these extreme events already in 2018: exceptional amount of rain, and hurricanes such as the storm that devastated the Carolinas and then Hurricane Michael that devastated the Florida Panhandle in September. Changed drought pat- terns are likely to result in some species mortality or increases in fire frequency or severity.

Changed flooding patterns may result in shifts in species distributions because of mortality, and a consequent influx of new species. Look downstream to low-lying areas and wetlands that are likely to be impacted first by extreme precipitation events because they are the ultimate recipient of floodwaters.

Coastal wetlands will also be vulnerable to potentially rising sea levels. If you work in a coastal system, SER (2009) warns that rising sea levels could result in the loss or alteration of intertidal zones and the intrusion of salt water into freshwater systems.

Rely on the monitoring protocols of your pest species management plan to alert you to new intruders. Continually monitor the effectiveness of your management activities for changes in the reliability of your tools and approaches; for example, are your usual pest species control strategies and tactics not working as they once die?

Unexpected management results (such as decreased effectiveness of a traditionally effective tool) could indicate the need for a management “tune-up” to check the suitability of management procedures (given the current biotic and abiotic situation) and the assumptions behind your procedures.

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Prairie White-Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), a Federally Threatened species, that is Endangered in Wisconsin, is a species, whose populations ecological restorationists are already managing to maintain and enhance through such activities as hand-pollination, shown above.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) sees an important role for restoration in managing to maintain and enhance rare species in response to climate change. The possible responses by species to one of the potential effects of climate change—global warming—range from migrating to suitable habitat at higher elevations, to expanding their geographic ranges to higher latitudes, to moving inland, away from coastal areas likely to be inundated by increases in sea levels set in motion by the melting of polar ice. SER recommends that restoration ecology can respond by “increasing habitat area and reconnecting fragmented landscapes” (SER 2009). Other SER recommendations for rare species management include restoring coastal wetlands to increase habitat diversity, managing rare species outside of their historic ranges, and reducing fire and fuel loads in fire-prone ecosystems to avoid possibly devastating fires.

 

References

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ser.org/resource/resmgr/custompages/publications/ser_publications/rare_species_mngmt_climate_c.pdf

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Before It’s Too Late, Are We Going to Do Anything About Climate Change?

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Storm clouds on the horizon.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) issued on Monday October 8, 2018 its most recent, and alarming report on the predicted effects of climate change.   The panel’s conclusions are stark; its recommendations for corrective action are urgent.  In summary, the IPCC report—which is a scream for help, a siren call, and a fire alarm all rolled into one–says that the people of Earth have just 12 years (repeat: 12 years) to reduce carbon emission enough to keep the globe’s temperature from rising more and 1.5C, a temperature increase that would lead to catastrophic environmental breakdown.

The reports authors said that  “ urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which is affordable and feasible although it lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5C and 2C.

Given the seriousness of the situation and the need for immediate action, the questions are: will the world’s leaders acknowledge the need; do they have he political will to take action; and are they able to take the necessary steps to save the Earth,  Even if the answers to all three questions are yes—a somewhat doubtful assumption—it is still, and ultimately, up to each of us as citizens of the world, and as restoration ecologists, to do what we as individuals have control over.

Collective Action

Staying at, or below, a 1.5C temperature increase means zero fossil fuels (350.org).  But, until society stops using coal, and oil, there are things each of us can do to help reduce the effects of climate change. Here are some simple, common sense actions that each of us can take, as we go about our daily lives, that will reduce carbon emissions.

If everyone pitches in to change their behavior in ways that reduce carbon emissions, this large collective action might just keep the global temperature rise at 1.5C.  As Bill McKibbon of 350.org argues, through collective, action groups of citizens can urge leaders to adopt such practices as city-wide renewal energy programs and shifts away from fossil fuels.

 Eat less meat—especially beef

Or eat none at all, and that includes dairy. Avoiding or reducing your use of meat and dairy is the single most effective way to reduce your impact on the planet, this according to a new report.

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“The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.”   By some estimates, beef and dairy production accounts for nearly 15% of global carbon emissions.

The global consumption of farm commodities, such as soy beans and beef, accounted for nearly one fourth (25%) of global deforestation between 2001 and 2015, according to a story in the New York Times (10.18.18)

Insulate Homes

Better insulated homes and offices use less energy, and thus produce fewer carbon emissions.

Install Solar Panels

Alternative energy sources are the big hope for staying below 1.5C temperature, for the same reasons that we insulate homes and office buildings: lower energy consumption and fewer carbon emissions.

Walk or Take the Bus

When you need to move around, avoid or reduce your use of automobiles.  Instead of driving, walk, use a bicycle, or take public transit to your destination. If you must have a car, get a hybrid, or, better yet, an electrical vehicle.  If you have a gas-powered car, for goodness sake, do not put ethanol-based fuels in the tank.  Instead use ethanol-free gas. Ethanol is reputed to be environmentally-friendly but the truth is far from it.  Ethanol-based gas gets fewer miles per gallon and produces more pollutants than gasoline without ethanol.  Gas without added ethanol costs more but has less impact on the atmosphere because it gets better gas mileage, and produces fewer pollutants.

Ethanol, in addition to its impacts on air quality and its contribution to climate change,  has negative impacts on land use.  Ethanol comes from corn grown in the US Midwest (Iowa, for example).  Corn production requires gasoline,  meaning that gas is used to produce gas.  ( There is something fundamentally wrong and crazy about that practice.) The land given over to increased agricultural production, so more corn can be grown to produce ethanol, also has negative impacts: fallow land is plowed up, releasing stored carbon, not to mention the loss of native habitats and natural areas.

Challenges and Opportunities

The land given over to agriculture (or taken out of production to reduce impacts on the climate) can provide both opportunities or challenges for ecological restoration.  Next Time:  What are the future opportunities and challenges for restoration in the age of climate change.

 

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Pope Farm Conservancy: Where Agriculture and Ecological Restoration Work Together for Sustainable Land Use

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Pope Farm Conservancy looking north towards Blackhawk Road from the ridge top in the northeast corner of the property.  Notice the prairie plantings on either side of the mowed grassy path.

Pope Farm Conservancy is owned by the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, near Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin.  It is a working farm and ecological restoration project on the eastern edge of the Driftless Area (un-glaciated portion) of southwestern Wisconsin.  In 2018, in addition to seven row crops, the Conservancy also grows prairie and other native plant communities among six different restoration projects.

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At the bottom of the same slope shown above, looking south.  Hard to believe,  because of the lack of erosion and bare soil, but this is actually a storm water channel for the Pope Farm Conservancy.

Pope Farm Conservancy seems to me to be a model of sustainable and land use in general and of wise agriculture land use, in particular.  It is one of the few exemplary cases, that I know of,  in which agriculture and ecological restoration co-exist in harmony and work toward their mutual benefit on the same piece of land.

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The 1938 CCC Spillway leading into the storm water channel shown in the photo above.  The Civilian Conservation Corps, from the Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin Camp, built this spillway 80 years ago.  It is still functioning and intact.

One point of emphasis for the Pope Farm Conservancy is preventing soil loss through wind and water erosion.  The 1938 CCC Spillway is the centerpiece of this land use philosophy and is a model of storm water management best practices.

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The terrain is steep.  The 105 acre Pope Farm Conservancy sits atop three recessional moraines and straddles the point where three different watersheds come together.  Looking south across the agricultural fields.

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View of the surroundings from the top of the recessional moraines.

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Pope Farm Conservancy invites visitors and provides 7 miles of hiking trails. To learn more about Pope Farm Conservancy, click here.

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Shake the Lake. Contaminate the Lake.

Fireworks displays, like Madison’s “Shake the Lake” are spectacular.  But, what chemicals are in fireworks?  How might they impact our air, land, and water?

This Saturday June 23, 2018 from 5-11 pm Madison, WI will stage its annual fireworks festival.  This year, as is has for the past several years, Madison’s fireworks organizers will have the pyrotechnics launched from a barge in the middle of Lake Monona.  This setting provides for easy viewing for those near and far.  Observers can watch from the nearby Monona Terrace, the Capitol Square, or from parks and residences around Lake Monona.

Previously known as Rhythm and Booms, the Madison fireworks festivals have had several different sponsoring groups and bounced around various land-based locations: Elver Park on the west side, Warner Park on the north side and, for the past few years, this annual display of patriotism has been staged on Lake Monona (one of the City’s four lakes) and hence is known as “Shake the Lake”.

The fireworks show is usually held just before the July 4th holiday so as to not compete with the many small community fireworks shows in the Dane County area.   “Shake the Lake” is sponsored by a variety of organizations:  Festival Foods, Madison Mallards (a minor league baseball team), one winery, seven breweries and/or brew pubs, a dentistry service, ands Group Health Cooperative, among others.

“Shake the Lake” is an afternoon-into-evening  event with food vendors, music, and a human cannonball launched into Lake Monona, all culminating with the fireworks show.

Ecological Condition of Madison’s Lakes

Madison justifiably takes pride in its five major lakes. They are a matter of civic pride. The City straddles a narrow isthmus between two of these lakes:  Lake Monona and the larger Lake Mendota.  The other lakes are Waubesa, Wingra, and Kegonsa.  The lakes provide Madison with a beautiful setting with lots of recreational opportunities such as running, biking, boating and swimming.

But over the past dozen years, or so, Madison lakes have been suffering from blue-green algae blooms, largely due to storm water runoff from homes, commercial properties, roads, and farms. This runoff is loaded with sediment and nutrients, especially phosphorous.  Cyanobacteria blooms can release toxins that are harmful to people and pets.  Already in the spring of 2018 several Madison beaches have been temporarily closed because of cyanobacteria blooms.  If you want to learn more about blue-green algae, click here to view a primer from the Clean Lakes Alliance.

The Madison lakes also suffer from infestations of Zebra mussels, and spiny waterless, invaders that are wreaking havoc with lake ecology.

Chemical Constituents of Fireworks

What chemicals are found in fireworks?  According to the evidence, quire a few contaminates that we don’t want in our air, land, or water.

According to a legal brief filed on behalf of the San Diego, California Water Quality board in 2011 (https://ecocerf.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/water-and-air-quality-summary-and-exhibits.pdf )

filed as part of its federal storm water permit application:

typical constituents . . . “include, but are not limited to, aluminum, antimony, barium, carbon, calcium, chlorine, cesium, copper, iron, potassium, lithium, magnesium, oxidizers including nitrates, chlorates and perchlorates, phosphorus, sodium sulfur, strontium, titanium, and zinc. The chemical constituents burn at high temperatures when the firework is detonated which promotes incineration. The chemical constituents within the fireworks are scattered by the burst charge which separates them from the fireworks casing and internal shell components. A firework combustion residue is produced in the form of smoke, airborne particulates, chemical pollutants, and debris including paper, cardboard, wires and fuses. This combustion residue can fall into surface waters. In addition un-ignited pyrotechnic material including duds and misfires can also fall into surface waters. The receiving water fallout area affected by the fireworks residue can vary depending on wind speed and direction, size of the shells, the angle of mortar placement, the type and height of firework explosions and other environmental factors. Once the fireworks residue enters a water body it can be transported to waters and shorelines outside the fallout area due to wind shear and tidal effects.”

The report continues:

“…discharges from the public display of fireworks contain pollutants that have a potential to cause excursions of applicable water and sediment quality objectives.”  In other words public displays of fireworks could cause the municipality to be in violation of its storm water permit.

The concern about the environmental impacts of fireworks is a concern also in New Hampshire where a 2018 report (https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/bb/documents/bb-60.pdf) that concludes:

“Fireworks contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans and aquatic life. Research suggests that the potential exists for short-term elevated concentrations of these chemicals in surface water, groundwater and the air immediately following larger commercial fireworks displays. At this time, there is no information available about the potential negative impact of consumer-grade fireworks displays on surface waters. However, it is reasonable to expect that a small but unknown amount of contaminants reach the surface water. Best management practices offer solutions to minimize these potential impacts.”

 

Perchlorate

The major concern about fireworks is perchlorate, Perchlorate is an inorganic anion thatis used in solid rocket propellants, fireworks, munitions, signal flares, etc.  Studies have shown that perchlorate is a thyroid disrupter and contaminates the surface and groundwater in the vicinity of fireworks displays. (M. R. Sijimol, Mahesh Mohan, 2014)

Perchlorate is consider such an environmental threat that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a fact sheet about perchlorate (click here for the fact sheet.)

Conclusions

Apparently–despite these known concerns–little consideration was given the potential environmental impacts of fireworks displays on Madison’s lakes to exacerbate or contribute new problems to Madison’s already beleaguered lakes.

The chemical components in fireworks are not harmless and may have long term consequences for human health and environmental quality.

Fireworks displays are exciting and spectacular but this is a short-term thrill with long-term environmental consequences.

Curiously, and significantly–because they are charged with protecting the Madison environment and promoting the common civic good–the  Madison Water Utility and the City of Madison are co-sponsors of “Shake the Lake”, an event that seems at odds with environmental protection.

References
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Pope Farm Conservancy Weathers Severe Spring Storms

Eighty-year old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Spillway Handles 5″ of rain in 3 hours on June 16

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Spillway in Pope Farm Conservancy built in 1938 in cooperation with the Soil Conservation Service.  As it looked on 06.20.18

Sections of highway and stormwater infrastructure in parts of  northern and southern Wisconsin crumbled under the force of this spring’s storms.  In addition to damage to roads, homes, and property, eroded topsoil flowed to the nearest stream or lake.  Especially intense were downpours from Saturday June 16 through Monday June 18 when 10′ of rain fell in a short time in Bayfield County, Wisconsin and surrounds.

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Looking north from the outlet of the CCC spillway from Blackhawk Road.  As it looked on 06.20.18

Meanwhile, the Pope Farm Conservancy spillway remains intact and the surrounding landscape undamaged.

The Pope Farm Conservancy in the Town of Middleton, of Dane County in southern Wisconsin is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 105 acre Pope family farm.  The Pope Farm Conservancy  “sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.”  (About Pope Farm Conservancy)

The design, engineering, and construction of the 1938 spillway is a marvel and is still functioning as intended 80 years later. For more information about the spillway design, click here.  This longevity is even more remarkable since modern day storm water infrastructure often fails much sooner.

There will be m,ore about the Civilian Conservation Corps, this CCC project and the Pope Farm Conservancy in subsequent posts.

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A Few Images From the Spring 2018 Prescribed Burn Season

As is usual in spring, in Wisconsin, prescribed management fires were conducted all across Dane, County Wisconsin.  Fire dependent plant communities such as prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, and wetlands were managed by the careful and constrained use of fire.

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The first prescribed management fire in the UW-Madison Arboretum was conducted in 1951 on Curtis Prairie.  The annual spring management ritual, which now uses fire to also manage savannas, oak woodlands, and wetlands has been conducted every spring since then.

After an early start to the burn season in mid-March, snow and cold interrupted burn plans for a couple of weeks in early April.  Burning was back on track in late April until the last couple of days during which excessively dry conditions, and return of strong SW winds have injected a note of caution into burn planning.  But, these ups and downs are typical of a spring burn season.

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Fires such as this one are called “prescribed management fires” because 1) they are conducted under a set of prescribed weather conditions; and 2) are intended to achieve a set of prescribed management outcomes.

Prescribed fire is an efficient and effective ecological restoration tool, the benefits of which were demonstrated by scientific study at the UW-Madison Arboretum by Curtis and Partch in 1948.

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Fire prescriptions are written to maximize safety while still achieving the desired management outcomes.

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A recreated prairie on private property in the Town of Dunkirk, Wisconsin.  This is possibly the only prairie in the Town of Dunkirk.

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A professional land management company conducting a prescribed burn for a private landowner.  The burn crew members seen here have all received training in the safe use of fire and are certified fire professionals.

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“Prairie Ravine” along the SW Bike Path in Madison.  Planted, managed, and burned by the Westmorland Neighborhood under the leadership of private citizens–who are also trained and certified.

Prescribed prairie burns, conducted by neighborhood groups, are now common in many public spaces in Madison, such as along the SW Commuter Bike Path shown above.

References

Curtis, J.T. and M. L. Partch. 1948. Effect of fire on the competition between blue grass and certain prairie plants. The American Midland Naturalist, 39, 437-43.

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Two Weeks Until SER MWGL 10th Annual Meeting–April 20-22

Continuing Education Credits, Discounted Registration Deadline, and Call for Student Volunteers

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Poster session at the SER MWGL 2017 annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan 

The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is excited to announce that its upcoming meeting in Stevens Point, WI has been pre-approved for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from the following organizations:

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER): 6 CECs
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): 6 CEUs
Society of American Foresters (SAF): 22.5 CFEs

At the meeting, a ” continuing education credit passport” will be provided that you can use for tracking your attendance and independently seeking professional development hours from other organizations. Please email us (mwgl.ser@gmail.com) if you are interested in obtaining continuing education credits, so we may properly sign you in to get full credit. Additional directions and the meeting passport will be available onsite at the registration table.

About the Midwest Great Lakes Chapter of SER

The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of SER was established in March 2008 and serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  The chapter’s mission is to promote the science and practice of ecological restoration to assist with the recovery and management of degraded ecosystems throughout the Midwestern and Great Lakes region of the USA.  Click here for more information about SER MWGL

Discounted Registration Rate Still Available

We are two weeks away from the 10th Annual Meeting and there is still plenty of time to register online and obtain discounted registration rates. If you have not yet registered, then we encourage you do so before April 15, 2018 to get the discounted registration rates.  Click here for registration information.

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Student Volunteers Needed

Annual meeting organizers are still seeking student volunteers to assist with onsite registration at the upcoming 2018 Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Assistance is needed on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21, 2018. Depending on the availability of funding, there may be up to 8 volunteer opportunities. Student volunteers will receive a free meeting registration in return for their help. Students will be selected on a first-come-first served basis and their availability to work one of four time blocks listed below:

Friday 7:00 am -11:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am -11:00 am

Those interested in volunteering need to email the chapter at  mwgl.ser@gmail.com as soon as possible expressing your willingness to volunteer and provide information on blocks you would be available and prefer to work.

Meeting Program

We have a fantastic meeting lined up, featuring a keynote presentation by Stephen Carpenter of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and a plenary presentation by Tracy Hames of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association on Saturday.  Click here for more information about the meeting program.

Meeting Host and Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support of this year’s meeting hosts (University of Wionsin-Stevens Point’s Lakes Extension and College of Natural Resources) and our meeting sponsors (Applied Ecological Services, Atwell, Cardno, Cindy Crosby-Northwestern University Press, Eco Logic LLC, Eco-Resource Consulting, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Ernst Seeds, Genesis Nursery, Grand Valley State University, Landscapes of Place, Metro Consulting Associates, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Stantec, The Nature Conservancy, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Wetlands Association).

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