The conference topics included:
Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Former Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, and Dr. Gary E. Machlis, were our Closing Plenary Speakers. Former Director Jarvis and Dr. Machlis are the co-authors of The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water. The closing plenary for the conference will also will also be the Indiana University School of Public Health's Reynold E. Carlson Lecture 2018-2019.
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Welcome from Lisa Smith, Executive Director of NAA
7:20 pm Arthur Melville Pearson, "Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement."
7:50 pm Awards Presentation Ceremony
Winners of the Students' Paper and Poster Competition
The Carl N. Becker Award winner, Joyce Bender
The George B. Fell Award winner, William Weeks
8:35 pm Preview of the 2019 Natural Areas Conference, in Pittsburgh, October 8-10
8:40 pm Auction to Benefit NAA
9:10 pm Prairie Fire Auction with Randy Nyboer
9:45 pm Prairie Fire Winning Team Announced
Field Workshops demonstrate land management strategies through case studies and on-the-ground observation.
Beanblossom Bottoms Boardwalk: Successes and Challenges of a Wetland Preserve and Public Access Site - Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve
Tour the recently renovated 1.5-mile boardwalk at Sycamore Land Trust's 700-acre Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, and discuss the successes and challenges of creating and maintaining this unique public access and educational feature along with the collaborative efforts to protect and restore the important wetland preserve where it is located.
Collaborative Conservation in Practice: The Hills of Gold - Laura Hare Preserve, Bob's Woods and Glacier's End Nature Preserve
We will explore two state dedicated nature preserves and a conservation easement to look at current and planned restoration activities that are funded through private and federal sources, including invasive species control, controlled burning, white-tailed deer management, restoring an agricultural field to hardwood forest, pollinator habitat and oak establishment in low-quality forest.
Exploring Unique Karst Features of the Lost River System on the Hoosier National Forest
The Lost River is an 87-mile river, of which 23 miles flow underground in Orange County, Indiana. This unique subterranean system includes swallow holes, sinkholes and caves that provide for a rare and diverse ecosystem that supports federal and state listed species. Attendees will experience the river as boat passengers.
Indiana Karst Landforms and Their Communities: Sinkholes, Caves and Springs
This field workshop will familiarize participants with prominent Indiana karst landforms and their communities: sinkholes, caves, and springs. The trip will include a short walk through old growth forest to discuss sinkholes as a unique ecotone, a boat trip to Upper Twin Cave, and a walk to Bronson Cave entrance. Both quantitative and qualitative methods for characterizing the fauna of these habitats will be demonstrated with opportunities for hands-on application. Cave trips will include overviews of cave communities, aquatic fauna censusing (macro-invertebrate and cavefish), as well as exotics control in karst environments.
Long-term and Landscape-level Effects of Forest Management: The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment
Participants in the Hardwood Excosystem Experiment (HEE) Field Workshop will have an opportunity to visit HEE Research areas and learn about long-term research related to the management of oak-hickory forests in Indiana. Participants will be able to interact with HEE Researchers and hear about their work studying the effects of different forest management methods on a variety of plant and animal species and how their findings can be applied to the management of Natural Areas.
Scout Ridge Nature Preserve - Morgan - Monroe State Forest in Monroe County
Indiana's second dedicated state nature preserve, Scout Ridge contains high quality mesic and dry-mesic upland forest with a diverse understory including a range of ferns.
Working Woodlands that Enhance Forest Health and Benefit Birds and Bats – Tulip Trace Forest
The Tulip Trace Forest Bank has been managed as a working woodlands to benefit migratory songbirds, bats and the restoration of declining forest community types. This field workshop will look at practical measures that have been completed and additional measures necessary to enhance habitat for forest dwelling birds and bats (to include state and federally listed species).
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