Midwest Oak Savanna Conference

Robert Wernerehl rwernere at MIDPLAINS.NET
Wed Jan 22 06:09:45 CST 1997

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"Opportunities for Community"
30 July - 2 August 1997
University of Wisconsin
Memorial Union
Madison, Wisconsin

Scientists, land managers, naturalists, recreationists and private
landowners will share information about the ecology and management of
midwest oak savanna and woodland ecosystems in a two-day symposium to
foster opportunities for integrated approaches to their management and

o The conference is expected to draw an audience of 600 supporters with
interest in savanna and woodland restoration issues.

o A day-long plenary session synthesizing the state of our knowledge will
be followed by a day of concurrent sessions aimed at scientists, managers
and land-owners, recreationists, and the general public.

o The conference will conclude with one and two-day field trips to oak
savannas and woodlands in Wisconsin.

The Conference is sponsored by these and other organizations...
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources.
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Arboretum
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Wildlife Society - Wisconsin Chapter
US Fish And Wildlife Service
The Natural Areas Association
The Prairie Enthusiasts
Michigan Endangered Species Program
Gathering Waters
The Natural Resources Foundation
Wisconsin Electric Power Company
Applied Ecological Services

The Plenary Session, 30 July 1997, will include

Nature's Keepers: efforts to save an endangered ecosystem.
Steve Budiansky, U.S. News and World Report. (tentative)

Overview of midwestern oak-savannas.
Dr. Roger Anderson, Professor of Botany, Illinois State University- Normal.

Natural history of midwestern oaks.
Dr. Marc Abrams, Professor of Forestry, Pennsylvania State University.

Importance of oak-savannas & woodlands as wildlife habitat.
Dr. Stanley Temple Professor of Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison.

Roundtable overview of savanna management: Problems and techniques.
Nancy Braker, Director of Stewardship, Wisconsin Chapter, TNC
Steve Packard, Director of Stewardship, Illinois Chapter, TNC
John Mendelson, Professor of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University

How do we manage uncertainty?
Alan Haney, Dean and Professor of Forestry, College of Natural Resources,
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Humans and savannas: the evolution of an ecosystem.
Dr. Timothy Allen, Professor of Botany, UW-Madison.

                        July 31: Concurrent Sessions

             + The ecology of rare and exotic species
             + Oak-savannas/woodlands as wildlife habitat
             + Ecological processes in oak-savannas/woodlands
             + Wildlife impacts on savanna/woodlands
             + Comparison of management practices
             + Role of fire versus grazing in restoration
             + Opportunities for private land management
             + Interpretive and educational values

for more information see our website at

Send requests for a conference brochure and registration materials to:

Nancy Braker
Director of Science and Stewardship
The Nature Conservancy
633 West Main St.
Madison, WI 53703
Email:  nbraker at tnc.org
Phone: 608/251-8140

If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this conference, please
Dr. Alan Haney
College of Natural Resources
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715/346-2955  fax 715/346-3624
email:  ahaney at uwsp.edu

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