Agenda for GRN annual workdshop

Grassland Restoration Network—Limitations of Success—
Agenda as of 6/11/13
Hotels booked, will be held until June 14, registration deadline June 14 as well.
Hotels with rooms held for GRN participants:

Hotel Address Phone number Rate for single King Rate for single King with pull out couch Contact
Super 8 3216 Clark Lane 573-474-8488 $59 $64 Phillip
Fairfield 1115 Woodland Springs Ct 573-886-8888 $114 $124 Cassie
Hampton Inn 3410 Clark Ln 573-886-9392 $119 $124 Stephanie

Meeting room: Chamber Auditorium, Student Center, Missouri University Campus
Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, July 16
Begin End
Conference start time 8:30 AM
Introductory remarks, Bill Kleiman 8:35 8:50
Speaker 1 8:55 9:20
Speaker 2 9:25 9:50
Break 1 9:50 10:00
Speaker 3 10:05 10:30
Speaker 4 10:35 11:00
Speaker 5 11:05 11:30
Lunch 11:30 12:30
Speaker 6 12:40 13:05
Manager’s Panel A 13:10 14:10
Break 2 14:10 14:20
Manager’s Panel B 14:25 15:25
Intro to Tucker Prairie, Prairie Forks–Chris Newbold 15:30 15:55
4:00 PM

Speaker objectives:
1. Connect your topic to the theme, “limitations of success in restoration” and attempt to address the ways in which these limitations can be managed.
2. Consistent with the GRN mission: “Connect with colleagues in restoring grassland habitats”, we strive for talks to be opportunities for you to share your experience, but to also engage the audience in the conversation about your topic. This goes beyond leaving 10 minutes at the end for questions. Think of ways to invite perspective from the audience throughout your presentation.
Presenters and tentative talk titles (where available)
Shane Kempter— Restoring “Native” Landscapes on Military Training Sites
Mike Arduser—What Can Bees Tell Us about Prairie Restoration?
Malissa Underwood—Evaluation of Native Plant Seeding Density for High Quality Prairie Reconstructions
Alice Tipton—Little things with a big effect: soil communities and their effect on plant community structure
Pauline Drobney—Structured decision-making in Prairies
Phil Gerla–Resiliency or Irreversibility? Examples of Success and Failure in Restoring Prairie Hydrology

Manager Panel
Speaker objectives:
1. Expose meeting participants to the variety of places where grassland restoration is being done.
2. Highlight challenges associated with grassland restoration in the Midwest
3. Explore common challenges within grassland restorations and what solutions were employed at different sites.
10 minutes per person

Manager speakers
Ted Anchor (IN)
Randy Arndt (MO)
Bill Glass (IL)
Cody Considine (IL)
Chris Helzer (NE)
Dave Darrow (MO)

20 minute introduction to Tucker Prairie and Prairie Forks CA—Chris Newbold
6 pm: Trip to Tucker Prairie (bus transportation provided)
8:30 pm: Return to hotels
Wednesday, July 17
Start time: meet for bus at 6 am
Return from Prairie Forks by 3 pm
Field day—
Boxed Lunch @ 11 am, pavilion
Wrap-up conversation @1:30—facilitated by Jeff Demand
On bus by 2:30.
Dinner organized by GRN—Dinner at Stotler Lounge, MU Campus; catered by D. Rowes (barbeque), beer will be provided; 6-11.
Thursday, July 18
Speaker objectives:
1. Connect your topic to the theme, “limitations of success in restoration” and attempt to address the ways in which these limitations can be managed.
2. Consistent with the GRN mission: “Connect with colleagues in restoring grassland habitats”, we strive for talks to be opportunities for you to share your experience, but to also engage the audience in the conversation about your topic. This goes beyond leaving 10 minutes at the end for questions. Think of ways to invite perspective from the audience throughout your presentation.
3. Look for ways to connect the information presented on Tuesday and Wednesday to what you are presenting on the final day.
Thursday, July 18
Begin End
Conference start time 8:00 AM
Speaker 1 8:10 AM 8:35 AM
Speaker 2 8:40 AM 9:05 AM
Speaker 3 9:15 AM 9:35 AM
Break 9:35 AM 9:50 AM
Invasive Species facilitated discussion–Bill Kleiman 10:00 AM 11:05 AM
Wrap-up Discussion–Chris Helzer 11:10 AM 12:00 PM

Presenters and tentative talk titles (where available):
Alyssa Nyberg—Limitations to success: Homo sapiens
Gwen White—Restoring the vistas and gems of the Tallgrass Prairie in the ETPBR LCC –Eastern Tallgrass Prairie LCC
Invasive Species discussion—facilitated by Bill Kleiman
Doug Petersen—Restoration practices that promote the soil community
Wrap-up Discussion—facilitated by Chris Helzer


Sent May 3, 2013
Dear (Tuesday) Presenters,
Thank you for volunteering to share your experience in a variety of subjects with us at this year’s Grassland Restoration Network meeting. Because the field season can be so busy, I thought I’d write you all early to let you begin thinking about what we’re hoping to accomplish with the talks this year. We have two main objectives for the discussions on Tuesday.

1. Connect your topic to the theme, “limitations of success in restoration” and attempt to address the ways in which these limitations can be managed.
2. Consistent with the GRN mission: “Connect with colleagues in restoring grassland habitats”, we strive for talks to be opportunities for you to share your experience, but to also engage the audience in the conversation about your topic. This goes beyond leaving 10 minutes at the end for questions. Think of ways to invite perspective from the audience throughout your presentation.
The talk timeframe will be 25 minutes for each of you. You are welcome to structure/allocate your talk timing as you think will best inform and engage the participants at the meeting. We will be in a standard stadium seat conference room, with a projector and a computer. We would ask that you please bring your talk on a jump drive so that it can be loaded onto a single computer.

For those of you that are able to attend the entire meeting, we will be returning to some of the ideas that you present when we are in the field on Wednesday. In the next few weeks, I will be sending you the thought questions that we will be giving to the participants of the meeting when we are in the field. In this way, we hope that you might be able to be prepared to also contribute your thoughts and perspective while we are in the field.

Dear (Thursday) Presenters,

Thank you for volunteering to share your experience in a variety of subjects with us at this year’s Grassland Restoration Network meeting. In order to accommodate the different kinds of presentations that we will be offering to participants this year, I elected to move two presentations, Jessica and Alyssa, to Thursday. Please let me know if this is a problem as soon as possible. Because the field season can be so busy, I thought I’d write you all early to let you begin thinking about what we’re hoping to accomplish with the talks this year. We have three main objectives for the discussions on Thursday.

1. Connect your topic to the theme, “limitations of success in restoration” and attempt to address the ways in which these limitations can be managed.
2. Consistent with the GRN mission: “Connect with colleagues in restoring grassland habitats”, we strive for talks to be opportunities for you to share your experience, but to also engage the audience in the conversation about your topic. This goes beyond leaving 10 minutes at the end for questions. Think of ways to invite perspective from the audience throughout your presentation.
3. Look for ways to connect the information presented on Tuesday and Wednesday to what you are presenting on the final day.
For Manager’s Panel:
Dear Speaker,

Thank you for agreeing to be part of our manager’s panel at the 2013 Grassland Restoration Network workshop. Through this panel discussion, we hope to achieve the following objectives:

1. Expose meeting participants to the variety of places where grassland restoration is being done.
2. Highlight challenges associated with grassland restoration in the Midwest
3. Explore common challenges within grassland restorations and what solutions were employed at different sites.
The panel discussion will be broken into two sessions. In the first session, each speaker will only speak for 10 minutes. Our hope is that each of you can present a brief description of your project – just enough information to allow the audience to understand the basics of what you’re doing and ask relevant questions during the discussion. To keep us on time and to ensure that all of our panel present the same kind of information, we’d like you to use the following template for your presentation:

Slide 1 – Title slide. Your name/position and the name/location of your site

Slide 2 – Map and Site Description. Please show a map of your site, as well as 5 bullet points on the size, soil type, topography, and other pertinent information.

Slide 3 – Objectives. Described the overall objectives for your site (what are you trying to achieve?). If relevant, present both your restoration objective(s) and management objective(s).

Slides 4&5 – Strategies. Please describe (with photos) what you’ve done to work toward your objectives.

Slide 6 – Challenges. What are the biggest challenges you face? (Invasives, etc.) and how are you dealing with them? This should be brief and general – we’re just introducing the audience to the kind of work you’re doing to stimulate discussion and questions.

Slide 7 – Measures. How are you measuring whether or not you’re meeting your objectives? In a few short bullets, please describe the results of those measures. These can be qualitative and/or quantitative.

Slide 8 – Next Steps and Questions. Where is your project going from here? What are the biggest challenges you face, or questions you want to address?

In the second session, we will open the discussion up to participants and strive to pull out the commonalities and differences in handling restoration challenges in that hour. We will have a table and chairs set up for the second portion of the panel session and it will be led by a discussion facilitator.

We will be in a standard stadium seat conference room, with a projector and a computer. We would ask that you please bring your talk on a jump drive so that it can be loaded onto a single computer.

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