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Webinars

Biocontrol for Ecological Restoration in Minnesota: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.


Did you miss the live webinar? You can view the recorded presentation here.

We will also post the questions and answers from the webinar in the forum area of the Practitioner's Network.

Resource From the Webinar


Description

Biocontrol has proven to be an effective tool for the control of some invasive species in Minnesota. This webinar will look back to review some of the successful biocontrol agents that have been developed and deployed for ecological restoration. Looking forward, the webinar speakers will discuss the use of existing, approved biocontrol agents and the development of new agents.

Gather your team together over lunch and join us for this online webinar. Participants are invited to submit questions and comments during the Q & A session at the end of the presentation. Questions that are not addressed live will be posted on the Practitioner's Network with answers after the webinar, and we encourage continued discussion of this topic on the Practitioner’s Network as well. Webinars will be recorded for future viewing.

Registration is free. Participants are asked to register in order to receive important resource materials ahead of time.

Presenters

Laura Van Riper, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Monika Chandler, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Moderator: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota 

Technology and Troubleshooting

In preparation for the webinar, we recommend doing the following a day or two beforehand:

  • Test Your Computer - to test your computer and make sure that you have the Silverlight Plugin installed and that you have the appropriate Internet connection speed, go to http://z.umn.edu/mediasitetest.
  • If you are unable to view video and hear audio on this test, you will need to make sure that the Microsoft Silverlight plugin is installed. There is a free plugin installation available. Download it here. After installing this plugin, test again to verify the video/audio stream.
  • Get Help - If you cannot complete the test successfully and need help, please e-mail avevents@umn.edu.

 


 

Interseeding Prairies to Enhance Diversity

Thursday, February 21, 2013
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Did you miss the live webinar? You can view the presentation slides here. Due to technical difficulties, the webinar was not recorded. Please know that we are researching new software applications for our next webinar.

We have also posted the questions and answers from the webinar in the forum area of the Practitioner's Network.

Handouts for the webinar

Description

Interseeding to enhance native diversity in degraded, restored, and exotic-dominated prairies is an important but poorly-understood technique, often yielding variable and unclear outcomes. This webinar will address situations for which interseeding may be appropriate; outline effective strategies for site preparation, seeding, and management specific to interseeding; and explore ways of assessing interseeding results. This webinar is designed to stimulate discussion and knowledge-sharing among practitioners, ultimately resulting in a better understanding of the factors that most strongly influence interseeding outcomes.

Presenters

Paul Bockenstedt, Stantec
Dave Williams, Tallgrass Prairie Center – University of Northern Iowa
Moderator: Laura Phillips-Mao, University of Minnesota 


Selecting Seed Sources to “Future-Proof” Restored Plant Communities

Thursday, November 29, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Did you miss the live webinar? You can view the recorded session here.

We have also posted the questions and answers from the webinar in the forum area of the Practitioner's Network.

Description

Selecting seed sources for restoration projects so plant communities are well-suited to both current and future conditions often seems uncertain or even arbitrary. This webinar will explain factors that give rise to plant genetic variation across landscapes, will introduce Minnesota DNR’s draft seed zone maps and guidelines, and will provide an interactive format to help answer project specific questions.

Get your team together over lunch, and join us for an online webinar. Participants will be able to submit questions to be answered during the Q & A session at the end of the presentation. Questions not able to be answered live will be posted on the Practitioner's Network with answers after the webinar. Webinars will be recorded for future viewing.

Registration is free. Participants are asked to register in order to receive important resource materials ahead of time.

Presenters

Ruth Shaw, University of Minnesota
Jason Garms, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Moderator: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota


Ten Things to Know About Planting Wet Areas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Did you miss the live webinar? You can view the recorded session here.

We have also posted the questions and answers from the webinar in the forum area of the Practitioner's Network.

Description

Wet areas such as wetlands, shorelines, and stormwater projects are prone to environmental forces that can make them challenging to restore. This webinar will address key considerations for restoring these areas and will provide an interactive format to help answer project specific questions.

Presenters

Dan Shaw, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Greg Berg, Shoreland Specialist, Stearns Soil and Water Conservation District
Moderator: Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota


Building Better Native Seed Mixes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Did you miss the live webinar? You can view the recorded session here.

We have also posted the questions and answers from the webinar in the forum area of the Practitioner's Network.

Resources from the Webinar:

Description

Learn how to make the State of Minnesota’s new seed mix system work for you!

Presenters

Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group
Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Ken Graeve, Minnesota Department of Transportation


The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative will offer webinars several times a year. From the comfort of your home or office, you’ll be able attend presentations by restoration experts on timely topics, and even participate in question and answer sessions afterwards.

These webinars will focus on “hot topics” such as:

  • What does climate change mean for restoration?
  • Grazing as a restoration tool – prospects for Minnesota.


Do you have ideas for a webinar? Visit the Practitioner's Network, look for the discussion forum “Webinar Ideas”, and post your idea there. All suggestions are welcome!

For your convenience, webinars will also be recorded and archived in the Restoring Minnesota Resource Library.