AGENDA, FIELD TOURS & PRESENTATION SUMMARIES

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

FIELD TOUR DETAILS

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.


Getting 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.


Wine 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-to 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 tussock sedge (Carex stricta) and greater bur-reed (Carex aquatilis) marshes. 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.

PRESENTATION SUMMARY

Establishment 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

Management of Non-native Annual Species Using Contact Herbicides

J. Walter Bland
Rock Spring Restorations
Atlanta, GA

Vegetated Bank and Shoreline Stabilization Utilizing Native Plants

Jim Blazek
D2 Land & Water Resource, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Rediscovering a Lost Landscape: The (Re)Construction of a Piedmont Prairie

Stefan Bloodworth, Curator
Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University
Durham, NC

The Meadow Garden at Longwood: History, Design, Ecology and Interpretation

Tom Brightman, Land Stewardship Manager
Colin McCallum-Cook, Meadow Gardener
Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA

The 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, BMP Product Specialist
ACF Environmental
East Norriton, PA

Multi-acre Solar Arrays that Benefit Pollinators, Soil and Water

Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy
Fresh Energy
St. Paul, MN

Grazing 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

Converting a Former Superfund Site to Native Grasslands and Meadows

Calvin Ernst, Founder & President
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Meadville, PA

Perennial Grasses in Multifunctional Buffers to Benefit Water Quality and Farm Profitability

Steph Herbstritt, Ph.D. student
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA

Integrating Native Grass Grazing Management and Northern Bobwhite Habitat

Jef Hodges, Grassland Coordinator, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Clinton, MO

Natives on Steep Slopes, What the HEL: How Natives Form and Function Allow Us to Use Them for Erosion Control

Robert Hoffman, Consulting, Sales and Design
Roundstone Native Seed, LLC
Upton, KY

Interpretation of Soil Tests for Warm Season Grasses and Associated Meadows

Joel Hunter, Educator, Field and Forage Crops
Penn State Extension
Meadville, PA

Understanding 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

An 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

Quantifying 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

Switchgrass 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

Proven Methods of Establishing Native Grasslands and Meadows

John Seymour, President
Roundstone Native Seed, LLC
Upton, KY

Enhanced Establishment and Sustainable Defoliation Management of Native Warm-season Grasses

Vitalis W. Temu, PhD
Agricultural Research Station
Virginia State University, VA

Native Meadows: Let’s Get Real

Larry Weaner, Founder & Principal
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Glenside, PA

The Croton Grassland: A Wild Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, Waste & Renewal

Jenna Webster, Designer
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Glenside, PA

Grasslands for Optimizing Pollinator Habitat in the Agricultural Landscape: All Hands On Deck!

Daniel L. Zay, State Biologist
Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service
East Lansing, MI

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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