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Streamlined Bee Monitoring Protocol for Assessing Pollinator Habitat

Developed with the University of California, Davis, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, and The Xerces Society, this guide provides instructions for assessing pollinator habitat quality and diversity by monitoring native bees. It was developed for conservationists, farmers, land managers, and restoration professionals to document how native bee communities change through time in pollinator habitats. It includes an introduction to bee identification, a detailed monitoring protocol, and data sheets for different habitat types.

Prairie Moon Cultural Guide

This is an excellent - arguably the best - species-specific guide to seed germination, soil moisture requirements, sun exposure, and much more. If you propagate native plants by seed, this is will become one of your go-to references for propagating over 800 native forbs, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and cacti.

Using Archaeological Data to Document and Understand Sustainability and Resilience Issues

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by James A. Robertson, Michigan Department of Transportation

Sorting through the seed bank: Ecology and applications to restoration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference Presentation by Dr. Lars Brudvig of Michigan State University and Mitch Lettow of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes

A Landowner’s Guide to using natural materials to stabilize shorelines, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat along Michigan’s inland lakeshore.

Sample Volunteer Liability Release Form

An editable sample liability release form for volunteer workdays.

How the Stewardship Network Creates Resilient Communities

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Lisa Brush and Spencer Kellum of The Stewardship Network

Michigan’s Early Detection and Response (EDR) Program for High Threat Aquatic Invasive Plants

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Kile Kucher of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Phyllis Higman of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Reforestation Methods, Challenges and Solutions

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Tom Borgman of Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio.

Climate Resilient Communities: Review of climate impacts to tree species of the Huron River watershed

The Huron River and its watershed, is already experiencing the effects of climate change in the form of more intense and frequent storms, rising temperature and changing precipitation patterns. This report summarizes key patterns locally and explores the implications for trees of the Huron River watershed in a changing climate.

Nutrient Content of Tile-Fed Agricultural Drainage Ditches

Abstract: Extensive network of tile drains present in the Midwest USA accelerate losses of nutrients to receiving ditches, rivers and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrient inputs from agricultural watersheds and their role in affecting water quality have received increased attention recently; however, benthic sediment-nutrient interactions in tile-fed drainage ditches is still a matter of active research in consideration to nutrient discharge from tile drains. In this study, phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) contents and variability of nutrient retention ability of benthic sediments upstream and downstream from tile drain outlets were evaluated in managed agricultural drainage ditches in Indiana. Sediment samples were collected every three months upstream and downstream from selected tile drains in three ditches in northwest Indiana. Sediment equilibrium P concentrations (EPC0) were measured to examine P adsorption-desorption and equilibrium characteristics of benthic sediments in the ditches. P sorption index (PSI), exchangeable P (ExP), and exchangeable NH4 +-N (ExN) were measured to evaluate nutrient retention ability and readily available nutrient content of benthic sediments. Results indicated a dynamic interaction between benthic sediment and overlying water column where sediments were acting as a sink or a source of P. There were no differences in nutrient retention ability between sediments collected upstream and sediments collected downstream from the selected tile drains. While the data, except for ExN, was comparable to reported values by previous studies in Indiana’s drainage ditches, there was no particular seasonal pattern in the content of exchangeable nutrient content in sediments at all three sites. This study also suggested that nutrient uptake by benthic sediments in these drainage ditches is not always efficient; therefore watershed management should focus on minimizing the delivery of nutrients into ditches while maintaining their drainage functionality.

Guidelines for inter-seeding to restore or enhance native species diversity

"Inter-seeding is a practice that is used to increase species diversity in existing remnant or planted prairies." This guide from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources helps to explain how to inter-seed.

The Fungus Amongst Us; The Big Picture of the Fungi Kingdom

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Marie Kopin and Barbara Semans.

Crown vetch (Securigera varia) A listed invasive plant in Wisconsin

Learn how to ID this plant in this short video. Crown vetch is a restricted species that's been present in Wisconsin since the nineteen fifties. It was purposely planted for erosion control. But it has escaped, and its rapidly invading through our landscape.

The Michigan Department of Transportation Fauna Review Process for Listed Species

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Richard A. Wolinski, Michigan Department of Transportation

Identifying Effective Strategies for Converting Suburban Lawn into Restored Forest

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Micah Warners and Dave Warners of Calvin College.

Burning Effects on the Development of a Restored Native Plant Community

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Neil W. MacDonald by Grand Valley State University.

Developing and Improving a Prescribed Fire Program…and Culture, Part I

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Brad Woodson of McHenry County Conservation District.

Rebirth of the Pigeon River: A Conservation Story about Reconnecting Native Ecosystems Through Dam Removal and Invasive Species Management

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Lisha Ramsdell and Jennifer Muladore of Huron Pines.

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