(Workshops are developed as a part of the MNRC program to allow focused examination of specific topics. There is no separate charge for workshop attendance.)
Quail Management for the 21st Century: Evaluating the concept of edge, habitat interspersion, and usable space in the modern agricultural landscape.
Organizers: David Hoover
Abstract: Biologists and hunters alike have managed for quail using decades old mid-western, or “traditional” management model centered around the integration of annual crop fields and block plantings of permanent nesting and woody cover. This model has and can be an effective management approach in cropland-dominated landscapes. However, in recent years, research has shown that there can be important disadvantages to this management model and has shed light on advantages of a more holistic management approach for quail conservation. This workshop will briefly outline these differing management philosophies, present recent research findings, and propose an alternative management approach for the large-scale conservation of quail and other shrubland/grassland obligate species in Missouri.
Presenters/Panelists: David Hoover, Tom Thompson, Kyle Hedges/Frank Loncarich, Ethan Duke/Dana Ripper, Emily Sinnott, Alisha Mosloff
ALICE Training - workshop
Organizers: John Gray
Abstract: Across the country, our society has seen an increasing number of active shooter events where people are being killed or severely injured. According to the FBI, the “rate of which ASE [active shooter events] occur went from approx. 1 every other month from 2000-2008 to more than 1 per month between 2009-2012.” About 40 % of these events occur in the business or work place. The Missouri Department of Conservation is being proactive by implementing a training program to inform and educate its employees on how to react if they find themselves in an active shooter event. MDC will provide training based on the nationally accepted A.L.I.C.E. system. A.L.I.C.E [Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate] is a set of proactive strategies that moves beyond traditional lockdown and increases the chance of survival during a violent intruder event. ALICE is supported by more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies around the country and complies with the new standard of care recently developed by the Federal Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This seminar will introduce you to the ALICE system and show you why and how, you and your work team should prepare for an active shooter event.
Presenters/Panelists: Ken Polley, Dave Carlisle, Willie Carr, and Matthew Bryant
Forestry for wildlife: Effects of forest and woodland management on habitat and wildlife
Organizers: Megan Buchanan
Abstract: Missouri has a variety of forest types that are managed by a variety of landowners for a variety of objectives. However, all forest and woodland management is underlain by a common truth: forest management is habitat management. Forest and woodland management can benefit a variety of wildlife species while also meeting other management objectives, such as a sustained timber yield, restoration of natural communities, or provision of recreational opportunities. In this directed workshop, we will provide participants with guidance on integrating wildlife habitat management concepts with accepted and widely applied forest management treatments (for example, even-aged management systems that create early-successional habitat, uneven-aged management systems that create complex horizontal and vertical forest structures, and prescribed fire management that promotes the development of woodlands with diverse ground flora communities). Presentations in this workshop will focus on the impact of forest and woodland management techniques on habitat characteristics and a variety of wildlife species, such as songbirds, bats, reptiles, and amphibians. Following the presentations, a panel of Missouri forest and woodland managers, wildlife biologists, and researchers will discuss and answer audience questions regarding the habitat needs of game and non-game wildlife and the management options to promote quality habitat while also providing a sustained yield of timber and other forest products and services.
Presenters/Panelists: Megan Buchanan and John Kabrick, Sarah Kendrick, Sybill Amelon, Shelby Timm, Mike Leahy, Aaron Hildreth, Jason Isabelle, David Hoover, Mike Norris
Bridging the gaps between conservationists, legislators, and policy makers: How you can engage on natural resources legislation and policy in Jefferson City and Washington, DC
Organizers: Brandon Butler, Rachel K. Owen, Emily Tracy-Smith
Abstract: “While conservation scientists and managers work to better understand Missouri’s natural resources and manage land, wildlife, and waters using the best possible science, legislators in Jefferson City and Washington may help or hinder efforts through policies they support. Engaging in the legislative and policy process may seem like an intimidating process. It doesn’t have to be. There are many facets to law making, but none should be considered more important than citizen input. The primary goal of this workshop is to help bridge gaps between science, policy, and public perception by bringing together interdisciplinary collaborators across a range of natural resources organizations. Our target audience for the workshop will include scientists and managers wishing to more actively engage in science policy as private citizens and experts. We plan to teach skills such as interacting with elected officials on social media, requesting in-district meetings, sending effective emails, and staying informed on pressing legislative and policy issues. We plan to have a panel of state and federal legislative staff to talk with workshop participants about the most effective communication strategies with elected officials. As part of this hands-on workshop, we will discuss differences that exists between local, state, and federal policies and how to more effectively engage at various levels. Through the workshop, participants will gain skills to become more actively engaged citizens and advocate for evidence-based conservation legislation and policy in Missouri and Washington, DC.
Integrating Conservation and Production Agriculture
Organizers: Matt Hill
Abstract: Conservation practices that take acres out of production are critical for some resource concerns, but they are not going to have large scale impacts on improving water quality, reducing soil erosion, and improving habitat on vast grassland landscapes in Missouri. To really move the needle conservation practices must be integrated into crop field, pastures, and hay fields. I propose a workshop to highlight the challenges and opportunities that agriculture producers face and success stories where conservation practices have been integrated into a working farm. Speakers will include agronomists, NGO partners, and MDC staff.
Hook and Bullet Workshop
Organizers: Ted Seiler
Abstract: From turkeys to elk, from paddlefish to flathead catfish, there is a lot of ongoing research about game animals in Missouri. Some of these projects we are all aware of, but may not know what is being learned. Other projects, many of us do not even know are being conducted. The intent of this workshop is to touch on some of the interesting observations that researchers have noted during their field work. Many of the projects are not completed so speakers will not be spending as much time convincing you of the rigidity of the experimental design as they will talking about some of the observations they have made to this point in their research. The workshop will consist of two separate 2-hour sessions, one focused on wildlife and the second on fisheries.
Presenters/Panelists: Jason Isabelle, Dave Hasenbeck, Barb Keller, Laura Conlee, Andy Raedeke, John Burk, Zach Ford, Sara Tripp, Andy Turner, Travis Moore, Kyle Winders, Paul Michaletz
Invasive Species Collaboration: Informing the Masses, Building the Armies, Stemming the Flow, and Turning the Tide
Organizers: Carol Davit
Abstract: Invasive plants and animals have serious impacts on virtually all aspects of forest, fish, and wildlife conservation, and to some degree, soil health as well. The Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), the Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership, the Feral Hog Partnership, the Missouri Invasive Forest Pests Council, and other invasive plant control collaborations are gaining momentum in the state. New alliances and tactics are underway to identify, fund, and tackle invasive plant and animal species to reduce their threats to native biodiversity and many facets of the state’s economy. This session will provide in-depth information from the “front lines” on how these groups are working with landowners and other stakeholders to control invasives on a landscape scale. MoIP’s comprehensive, ranked list of all known invasive plants in the state—along with maps illustrating abundance, trend, and impact—will be unveiled, and successful outreach campaigns will be shared. Updates on feral hog eradication efforts, forest pest control initiatives, and regional and cross-agency control projects will be presented. Attendees will come away from the session understanding how to plug into these collaborative efforts and make a tangible difference in invasive species management.
The White Oak Initiative: What is it and how will it impact you?
Organizers: John Kabrick
“The White Oak Initiative is a recently formed collaboration among universities, agencies, investment holders, non-industrial private land owners, and conservation groups to reverse the anticipated decline of oaks in eastern forests during the next century. Of particular interest is the future availability of stave-quality white oak because of its use in barrels for making whiskey, wine, and craft beer. The White Oak Initiative now includes a board of directors and members from agencies and universities across the native white oak range.
The workshop will the following themes:
1. What is the white oak initiative and why take a collaborative approach?
2. Current and future trends and critical needs related to white oak availability
3. The industry’s need for oak barrels and the link to oak forest sustainability
There will also be a question-and-answer/panel discussion session.
Presenters/Panelists: Jordy Jordahl, Jeff Stringer or Steve Shifley, McCauley Adams, Brad Boswell or Don McGinnis, John Tuttle or Lisa Allen, Jason Green, Sherry Schwenke, Chris Lohman, Brian Brookshire, Hank Stelzer, and Dan Dey
Non-Profit Partners Uniting for Conservation across Missouri
Organizers: Rebecca Landewe
“Workshop Goal: Introduce natural resource professionals to the broad array of land conservation services offered and work being completed by private not-for-profit land trust partners across the state of Missouri.
Workshop Content: Land trusts and other non-profit conservation organizations often partner with public agencies and private landowners to achieve conservation goals. This 2-hour workshop will have 5 speakers (20-minute presentations) and a panel discussion (20 minutes) covering the following topics:
• Non-Profit Conservation – How private partners are helping conserve Missouri’s lands and natural communities.
o Broad overview of the various types of organizations working in conservation across the state, including rural and urban perspectives.
o Partnerships between private organizations and public agencies on conservation projects.
• Tools Used/Offered
o Conservation Easements – Detailed discussion about conservation easements, what they can accomplish, and their limitations. Discussion of the pros/cons of using a conservation easement, key laws that protect landowner easement rights, and the process to put an easement in place, including a brief overview of some specialized types of easements.
o Other Tools – a discussion of other tools used by private conservation organizations to advance conservation, including fee-title ownership, private land conservation practices (e.g., partnering to implement cost-share programs and best management practices), outreach and education, assisting partners in acquisition, staff support, legal support, funding support, partnerships, etc.
• Landowner Perspective – Private landowner(s) will share their decision-making process, why they chose a conservation easement or partnered on other projects with the non-profit partner, and their experience with the process.
• Panel Discussion – A guided discussion and question/answer session with the speakers about collaborating to achieve conservation goals.
Missouri’s Wetland Planning Initiative: A Roadmap For Conserving Wetlands Together
Organizers: Andy Raedeke and Mike Leahy
Abstract: The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Wetland Planning Initiative was completed by an interdisciplinary coordination team in 2015 and is composed of two linked documents, the Strategic Guidance Document and the Implementation Plan. The Strategic Guidance Document lays out the Department’s philosophical approach toward wetland conservation in Missouri and describes six interconnected goals that acknowledge the importance of both ecological and social considerations to accomplish wetland conservation. The Implementation Plan is essentially an outline and, as such, serves as an invitation to partners and stakeholders to work together to address wetland conservation issues of mutual interest. It is a living document that will continue to evolve as we learn from our wetland conservation actions. The Implementation Plan offers a range of actions that could serve as potential starting points for collaboration across scales (e.g., continental, multi-state, state, area), and a more strategic, or adaptive, approach to wetland conservation decision-making. The first steps needed before proceeding with the roadmap outlined in the Wetland Planning Initiative involved assessments of Missouri’s wetland status (past, present and desired future condition), wetland-dependent species, and citizen connections with wetlands. This session will focus on work completed thus far on these assessments as well as a partner’s assessment initiated after a Partner Wetland Meeting conducted in September 2018. We look forward to this session serving as a conduit toward continued collaboration with partners as we explore taking a more coordinated and adaptive approach to wetland conservation in Missouri.
Presenters/Panelists: Doreen Mengel, Frank Nelson, Maggie MacPherson, Andy Raedeke, Mike Leahy
Neonicotinoid insecticides: evaluating impacts to non-target wildlife and management practices to limit these effects in Missouri
Organizers: Lisa Webb and Doreen Mengel
Abstract: Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticide widely adopted for agricultural use throughout North America and Europe, in large part because they are selectively more toxic to insects than vertebrates. Neonicotinoids are highly water soluble and have reported half-lives of greater than 1000 days. The combination of these characteristics in concurrence with their widespread use suggests horizontal movement of neonicotinoids via runoff into surrounding terrestrial habitats, as well as various surface waters such as streams and wetlands. Due to the widespread use of neonicotinoids in the midwestern United States and the recent concern over the effects on non-target taxa, we implemented a series of field experiments to quantify neonicotinoid concentrations neonicotinoids in Missouri public lands and associated impacts to native pollinators, aquatic invertebrates and reliant avian species. This workshop will present an overview on neonicotinoid insecticides and present research findings on 1) neonicotinoid distribution and concentrations on MDC terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, 2) impacts of neonicotinoids on native pollinator communities, 3) aquatic invertebrate response to neonicotinoids in wetlands and 4) whether neonicotinoids influence food energy transfer from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems and the avifauna that rely on these resources. We will conclude the workshop with a synthesis on potential for neonicotinoids to impact non-target taxa in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and facilitate a discussion on actions land managers can take to reduce these effects.
Wildlife Disease: Why Bother?
Organizers: Jasmine Batten and Sherri Russell
Abstract: “This 2-hour workshop will be devoted to an exploration of the themes that surround the basic question “why bother with wildlife disease?” The conversation will be framed broadly from a “One Health” perspective. The concept of One Health focuses on the interdisciplinary connections between the health of the environment, humans, and animals, including wildlife. A series of presentations from natural resources professionals and others of diverse backgrounds will address this question from both an agency relevancy and ecological viewpoint. We will consider in this discussion the public’s perception of disease in individual wildlife which is sometimes in conflict with ecological considerations and agency response framework. Potential presentation topics may include the importance of wildlife as sentinels for disease, changing patterns of pathogen and disease emergence, potential impacts of wildlife disease, and wildlife diseases of greatest significance.
When considering wildlife disease, it is easy to become demoralized. As a secondary theme to this session, we will suggest that there is reason for hope. We will present experts on CWD and White Nose syndrome to illustrate that there is good news among all the doom and gloom. The session will conclude with a panel discussion with the presenters to address audience questions and deal with issues raised in the session.
Recent advances in understanding the effects of climate change and land management on watersheds in Mark Twain National Forest
Organizers: Robert T. Pavlowsky
“This workshop reports on three projects that investigate how management practices and climate change affect hydrology, soil properties, and riparian forests in Mark Twain National Forest. First, beginning in Fall 2015, Missouri State University (MSU) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) implemented a hydrologic monitoring program in Big Barren Creek Watershed in the Doniphan-Eleven Point District. One component focused on monitoring stream hydrology including rainfall, continuous flow, and water temperature at 15 sites. Another monitored surface soil and litter characteristics at 30 upland sites with varying prescribed-burn frequencies including unburned sites. The final component focused on assessment of stream channel form, stability, and sediment over historical and recent timescales. Second, beginning in Fall 2017 and funded by the National Science Foundation, MSU and two other universities assessed the impacts of an extreme flood on riparian forests along tributary creeks of the North Fork of White River in the Willow Springs District. UAV (drone) flights were used to collect aerial photographs to evaluate geomorphic response and forest effects using geospatial analysis. Field assessments were used to inventory down and living trees and to identify landform-tree response relationships. Finally, in Spring 2018, MSU and USFS began to implement the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol (GTR WO-82a & b), used for the first time in Missouri, to monitor the effects of timber harvest on soil disturbance in the Doniphan-Eleven Point and Popular Bluff districts. Procedures for sampling schemes, geo-location, and data collection are being modified for long-term use in Mark Twain National Forest.
This workshop will have a moderator and six oral presentations each lasting no more than 20 minutes.
Moderator: Kelly Whitsett, Forest Hydrologist & Cave and Karst Program Manager, Mark Twain National Forest”
Presenters/Panelists: Marc R. Owen, Grace Roman, Katy Reminga, Daniel S. Hostens, Joshua Hess, Hannah Adams
Resource Effects from Conservation Practices
Organizers: Steve Wilson
Abstract: The workshop will focus on complex resource effects from conservation practices and suites of practices used in conservation planning and resource improvement. The practices will focus on activities funded by the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP). These practices and suites of practices will emphasis production ag lands including; cropland, pastureland, forestland, and hayland and the effects on environmental improvements within soil, air, water, plant, and animal systems locally, regionally and globally.