Deadline: March 1, 2022
September 6-8, 2022 - Duluth, MN
The Natural Areas Conference will be coming to Duluth, Minnesota in 2022. Duluth is located right on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. The northeast area of Minnesota is renowned for its natural areas, offering boreal and hardwood forest, extensive lakes, bogs and wetlands, as well as savanna and upland prairie.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR‘s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of Healing Our Relationship with Nature. Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.
As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge, and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
Ecological monitoring: effective/sustainable long-term status and trends
Ecological monitoring: data management, storage, accessibility and use
Outreach: cutting edge education, volunteer stewardship, citizen science and social media
Outreach: involving arts, literature and photography
Developing technologies and apps: what to consider in creating or using
Protecting and managing natural areas for climate resilience
Innovative management techniques, equipment and labor
Rare species/pollinator best management practices
Prescribed disturbance: haying, grazing, fire, logging
Public perception and attitude towards natural areas
Making connections with new audiences
Flourishing habitats: how they got that way
Ecosystem services: what is the true value of natural areas?
Native plant materials in restoration/rehabilitation
Visitor use: compatible vs non-compatible
Invasive species: threats, prevention and management
Slowing environmental degradation and resource depletion
We can't wait to see you there!
Duluth in fall
Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.