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Video:  Pollinators (Univ of MN, 2018)

Time:  57:21; In this session, Elaine Evans will discuss pollinators.   Pollinators are a crucial part of our food production system as well as key players in ecosystem health. She will talk about who these pollinators are, what they do in agricultural systems, and practices to promote their health and diversity.

Reading:  Pollinators, Monarchs and Beneficial Insects (NRCS website)

Time: will vary;  This website has multiple references for conservation planning for pollinators, monarch and beneficial insects.

Formal Training Course:  Certificate in Ecological Restoration (University of Minnesota)

Time:  150 hours; The Ecological Restoration certificate is a 150-hour program comprising five required courses. The certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations, including revegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.

Webinar Series:  Ecological RestorationTraining Center (University of Minnesota)

Links to Webinar  1 - 7 resources and handouts can be found at this main site. 

Webinar 1: Learning by Doing:  Why Restoration Records Matter (Mar 2016)

Time: 58:00; Maintaining project records is essential for keeping long-term restorations on track. In this webinar, Mark and Karen will discuss the importance of reviewing records of past management actions and inputs in order to guide ongoing decision making and ensure that restorations achieve the desired outcomes despite staff turnover and other challenges of long-term restoration. 

Webinar 2:  Planning to Avoid Pitfalls:  The Key to Restoration Success (Feb 2016)

Time:  41:25;  No manager wants to lose a restoration project to planting failure or adverse conditions. Join our panel as they discuss how project planning can minimize restoration risk. In this webinar, we will explore how stating specific restoration outcomes, factoring in contingencies, and selecting the management actions best suited to achieving desired outcomes can help managers avoid pitfalls that can hinder restoration success.

Webinar 3:  Biocontrol for Ecological Restoration in Minnesota: Looking Back and Looking Forward (Apr, 2013)

Time: 57:56;  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.


Reading of Webinar 4: Interseeding Prairies to Enhance Diversity (Feb, 2013)

Time: will vary;   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.

Webinar 5:  Selecting Seed Sources to “Future-Proof” Restored Plant Communities (Nov, 2012)

Time: 1:03:32;   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, introduce Minnesota DNR’s draft seed zone maps and guidelines, and provide an interactive format to help answer project-specific questions.

Webinar 6:  Ten Things to Know About Planting Wet Areas (Mar, 2012)

Time: 59:27;   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 provide an interactive format to help answer project specific questions.

Webinar 7:  Building Better Native Seed Mixes (Nov, 2011)

Time:  59:45;  Learn how to make the State of Minnesota’s new seed mix system work for you!

Webinar:  Conserving Pollinators While Addressing Other Resource Concerns (Xerces Society/NRCS, Jun 2013)

Time: 01:30;  This webinar discusses planning and implementing conservation measures to address multiple resource concerns, including pollinator conservation

Webinar: Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools  (NRCS, Oct 2017)

Time: 1:07;  This webinar explains how native plant community restoration can be guided by existing natural inventories. 

Webinar:  Establishment of Wildflower Habitat for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, and Wildlife  (Xerces Society/NRCS, Sept 2011)

Time: 2:00; This webinar provides instruction regarding the creation or restoration of quality pollinator habitat.
Internet resource:  USDA PLANTS Database

The PLANTS database provides comprehensive plant profiles, fact sheets, images, county level maps of native species, threatened and endangered species as well as many other topics – all related to PLANTS.  You can find a tutorial on how to use the PLANTS Website here.

Webinar:  A Practical Field Guide for Designing Conservation Buffers (USDA National Agroforestry Center, Oct 2012)

Time:  00:52;   In this webinar, participants will learn how to use evidence-based guidelines for designing vegetative buffers as presented in the publication Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways, a guide created for field professionals. Each guideline describes a specific way that a buffer can be applied to protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, produce economic products, provide recreation opportunities, or beautify the landscape. These illustrated rules-of-thumb are applicable nationwide in wildland, rural, and urban landscapes. Participants will also learn how to use a simple function-based matrix tool for designing buffers to accomplish more than one objective. A case study exercise will demonstrate the application of these buffer tools to achieve landowners’ goals.


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