Sunday, 9/16

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Registration table open for Sunday arrivals Early bird reception (light hors d’oeuvres, beverages)

Monday, 9/17

Registration table open all day

7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
Full breakfast

Welcome remarks during breakfast

7:45 a.m.
Board buses for field tours

8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Morning field tours

Boxed lunches & drinks on bus while in-transit

12:00 p.m.
Buses to BCC for passenger switch to afternoon destinations

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon field tours

4:30 p.m.
Buses arrive back at BCC

Exhibitor check-in and setup all day (ready to go by 4:30)

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Free time, evening reception, meet & greet with exhibitors in North Point Lobby (heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages)

Entertainment: Dave Boughton, “Shipwrecks of Lake Erie”

Tuesday, 9/18

7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
Full breakfast

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening plenary session TBA

8:50 – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

Exhibitor/bathroom/beverage breaks between sessions

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Visit with exhibitors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch served

1:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

Exhibitor/bathroom/beverage breaks between sessions

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Free time, visit with exhibitors

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner on the Anchor Plaza w/ entertainment TBD

Poster presentation indoors in foyer of Anchor Plaza

Wednesday, 9/19

7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
Full breakfast

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening plenary session TBA

8:50 – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

Exhibitor/bathroom/beverage breaks between sessions

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Visit with exhibitors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch served

1:00 – 3:10 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

Exhibitor/bathroom/beverage breaks between sessions

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Closing plenary session TBA

4:30 p.m.
Symposium concludes


Attendees can choose two (2) of the four (4) field tours below to participate in on Monday, September 17. One tour will take place in the morning, with lunch to follow on the motor coach. The second tour will take place in the afternoon before all groups reconvene at the Bayfront Convention Center in the late afternoon.

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoGetting Seeds from Field to Freight: A Tour of Ernst Conservation Seeds

Meadville, PA


Facilitator: Ernst Seeds staff

Ernst Conservation Seeds staff will lead the group on tours of the company’s production fields, seed cleaning, processing, warehousing and shipping operations. September is a busy time of year at Ernst Seeds, as harvest is at its peak and our fields are alive with the color of asters, goldenrods and native grasses.

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoWine Country Connection: Streambank Vegetation Projects and Vineyards Using Natives as Cover Crops, Erosion & Sedimentation Solutions

Erie and North East, PA


Facilitator(s): Tom McClure, District Manager, Erie County Conservation Dist. and Dan Dahlkemper, Principal, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors

The first stop on this tour will be a creek bank restoration demonstration project along Cascade Creek where attendees will learn about lake geology and factors addressed in the restoration of the streambank. A stop at Camp Glinodo will illustrate a streambank stabilization project along Seven-Mile Creek. We will then visit Trolley Line Vineyards in North East to see innovative land preservation practices using native grasses as cover crops and erosion/sedimentation solutions. The tour will be capped off by a social visit to a nearby winery.

Native Grasses, Wetland Plants and the Sand Barrens of Presque Isle

Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA


Facilitator: Dr. James Bissell, Curator of Botany and Director of Natural Areas, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Dr. Bissell is one of Ohio’s premier botanists. He is responsible for much of what is currently known about plant diversity and distribution in northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. His work has helped preserve land with rare species and habitats throughout the region. His tour will feature a one-two punch beginning at the Lighthouse or Beach #10 with a study of Presque Isle Indian grass. Dr. Bissell describes it as a very atypical variant, compared to all native Indian grass populations he has seen in Ohio and northwestern PA. A stop at the Thompson Circle pull-off will study the Sand Barrens and restored marshes of greater bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum), tussock sedge (Carex stricta) and leafy tussock sedge (Carex aquatilus), a state-endangered sedge in Pennsylvania. The Sand Barrens on Long Ridge, west of Thompson Circle, are the best sand barrens within Presque Isle. Restored Lake Erie marshes, dominated by greater bur-reed and tussock sedges, within Niagara Pond, will be seen just south of Fossil Dune Ridge, west of Thompson Circle.

Establishment of Native Grasses & Forbs on State Game Lands

SGL 218 (Siegel Marsh)


Facilitator: Ronda Bimber, Acting Land Manager and John Keller, Game Lands Maintenance Supervisor

Members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission land management and habitat teams will lead a tour(s) of various warm season grass stands that have been developed for wildlife habitat and conservation purposes. Visitors will see some monoculture issues experienced on the site, CREP plantings that have worked well, and will see the results of a new seeding done this spring which should demonstrate expected progress from spring to fall.


Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoASLA LA CES – Fifteen (17) credits approved to-date, with more to come. Each of the credits approved to-date also meet the Health, Safety & Wellness (HSW) standard. Please see the Presentation Summary and Field Tours Summary, where LA CES-approved sessions are indicated with the LA CES logo. Check back in the coming weeks as we anticipate offering an additional 2-3 credits.

USDA-NRCS Pennsylvania, Conservation Planner Continuing Education Credits – This event qualifies for six (6) Wildlife Biology CECs and two (2) Pasture CECs.

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoCertified Crop Advisors – A total of 11.5 CEUs have been approved for CCAs in the following categories: Nutrient Management: .5; Soil & Water Management: 3.5; Integrated Pest Management: 1; Crop Management: 4; Sustainability: 2.5. Please click the “Download & Print Presentation Summary” button below to see the full list of presentations, with CCA-approved sessions indicated.

Wildlife-Society-LogoThe Wildlife Society will allow a maximum of 15.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in the 11th Eastern Native Grass Symposium.

Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists (PCH) can receive 3 CEUs for each field tour attended, 7.5 CEUs for attending Tuesday and 6.5 CEUs for attending Wednesday informational sessions. Potential total of 20 CEUs can be achieved by each attendee if attending two field tours and all sessions.



The Symposium will offer 30 sessions led by some of the most dynamic and progressive speakers in their respective professions. This list is evolving weekly as new CEUs are approved and we set our final schedule. Please click the “Download & Print Presentation List” button below to download the latest version of the Presentation Summary.

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoEstablishment and Management of Native Grasses (Using Plateau® as a Base Component)
James Bean, Strategic Accounts Manager
BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions
Cary, NC

Introduction to Pollinators and Native Habitat Establishment

Daina Beckstrand, Chesapeake Bay Technician
Centre County Conservation District (PA)
Bellefonte, PA

The Role of Shortleaf Pine in Native Grass Recovery

Mike Black, Director
Shortleaf Pine Initiative
Jasper, TN

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoManagement of Non-native Annual Species Using Contact Herbicides
J. Walter Bland
Rock Spring Restorations
Atlanta, GA

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoLandscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoVegetated Bank and Shoreline Stabilization Utilizing Native Plants
Jim Blazek
D2 Land & Water Resource, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoThe Meadow Garden at Longwood: History, Design, Ecology and Interpretation
Tom Brightman, Land Stewardship Manager
Colin McCallum-Cook, Meadow Gardener, Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoThe Native Plant Palette: Sustainable Design for the Environment & Your Business
Paul R. Brydges, Principal
Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc.
Guelph, Ontario

Establishment, Enhancement and Reinforcement of Vegetative Solutions
Warren Cohn, CPESC, CPSWQ, Geosynthetic Consultant
Gregory J. Kramer, CPESC, Territory Sales Manager
ACF Environmental

Multi-acre Solar Arrays that Benefit Pollinators, Soil and Water
Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy
Fresh Energy
St. Paul, MN

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoGrazing Native Warm-season Perennials to Meet Production and Conservation Goals
Sjoerd W. Duiker, PhD, CCA, Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoConverting a Former Superfund Site to Native Grasslands and Meadows
Calvin Ernst, Founder & President
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Meadville, PA

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoPerennial Grasses in Multifunctional Buffers to Benefit Water Quality and Farm Profitability
Steph Herbstritt, Ph.D. student
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoIntegrating Native Grass Grazing Management and Northern Bobwhite Habitat
Jef Hodges, Grassland Coordinator, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Clinton, MO

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoLandscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoNatives on Steep Slopes: How Natives Form & Function Allow Us to Use Them for Erosion Control
Robert Hoffman, Consulting, Sales and Design
Roundstone Native Seed, LLC
Upton, KY

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoInterpretation of Soil Tests for Warm Season Grasses and Associated Meadows
Joel Hunter, Educator, Field and Forage Crops
Penn State Extension
Meadville, PA

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoLandscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoUnderstanding Impacts of Conservation and Land Management on Grassland Biodiversity – Lessons Learned through Community-Based Conservation
Amy Johnson, PhD – Program Director, Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA

Restoring Woodlands and Savannahs in the Eastern US: Lessons Learned from a Decade of Research

Patrick D. Keyser, Ph.D., CWB, Professor and Director, Center for Native Grasslands Management
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoAn Overview of Applied Research on Native Warm-season Grass Forages: Where Do We Stand, Where Are We Headed?
Patrick D. Keyser, Ph.D., CWB, Professor and Director, Center for Native Grasslands Management
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Multifunctional Design of IDOT Rights-of-Way: Pollinator Habitat and Biomass Production

DoKyoung Lee and Colleen Zumpf (grad student)
Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoQuantifying the Role of Native Warm Season Grasses in Sequestering Soil Organic Carbon (1999-2015) in a Coastal Plain Soil
Christopher F. Miller, M.S., Manager/Plant Specialist
Cape May Plant Materials Center, USDA NRCS
Cape May Court House, NJ

Feeding Your Pollinators

Harland Patch, Ph.D., Research Scientist and Lecturer
Penn State College of Ag. Sciences
University Park, PA

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoSwitchgrass and Miscanthus as Renewable Bedding and Fuel Options for Poultry Operations
Paul H. Patterson, Professor of Poultry Science
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Animal Science
University Park, PA

The Grassland as the Integrating Context to Teach STEM

Thelma Redick, Senior Director, Conservation Content and Partnerships
Wildlife Habitat Council
Silver Spring, MD

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoRediscovering a Lost Landscape: The (Re)Construction of a Piedmont Prairie
Annabel Renwick, Horticulturist
Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University
Durham, NC

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoLandscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoProven Methods of Establishing Native Grasslands and Meadows
John Seymour, President
Roundstone Native Seed, LLC
Upton, KY

Certified-Crop-Advisor-LogoEnhanced Establishment and Sustainable Defoliation Management of Native Warm-season Grasses
Vitalis W. Temu, PhD
Agricultural Research Station
Virginia State University, VA

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoNative Meadows: Let’s Get Real
Larry Weaner, Founder & Principal
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Glenside, PA

Landscape-Architecture-Continuing-Education-System-LogoThe Croton Grassland: A Wild Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, Waste & Renewal
Jenna Webster, Designer
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Glenside, PA

Viability of Prairie-base Filter Sock in the Eastern U.S.

Michael Zock, Technical Consultant
MKB Company
Saxonburg, PA

Symposium Details at a Glance

September 17-19, 2018
Bayfront Convention Center
Erie, PA

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