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ADV - Webinar-Woodland and tallgrass prairie restoration case studies

Webinar-Woodland and tallgrass prairie restoration case studies website

2003 Upper Buford Circle
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Two speakers will present restoration ecology research published in the January 2020 issue of the Natural Areas Journal: Leighton Reid will share understory plant community outcomes based on twelve years of monitoring in a woodland mosaic in Missouri as it underwent restoration via prescribed, dormant-season burning and mechanical thinning of red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and exotic shrubs. Reid’s case study suggests that understory plant recovery may be slower in harsher and more degraded sites and faster in more mesic sites within a woodland mosaic. Mike Leahy will describe plant community changes documented over 20 years of prescribed fire, herbicide treatments of invasive nonnative species, and seeding of local ecotype prairie seed at Pawnee Prairie, a 190-ha mix of remnant tallgrass prairie and formerly row-cropped prairie in Missouri. The prairie restoration practices resulted in significant gains in the natural quality of the site’s vegetation, including a greater abundance of prairie flora matrix species and some conservative species.

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Britt Forsberg

Britt Forsberg is the program coordinator for the Minnesota Native Bee Atlas, a citizen science program developed to create an open, comprehensive database of native bee species in Minnesota. She uses her experiences leading youth and adults in inquiry science and the outdoors to help guide students to the realization that anyone can be a scientist. Britt holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MEd in Family Education from the University of Minnesota.

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