Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society - Professional Workshop 2021

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Red Barn Reserve (The Dawes Arboretum)

7087 Davis Drive

Heath, OH 43056

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Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Professional Workshop 2021 Integrated Vegetation Management

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The need to manage quality early successional habitats with diverse, native vegetation is crucial to Ohio’s natural resources. The need exists for long-term, integrated plans that address the many challenges that accompany early successional habitat management. In this workshop, we will focus on creating, enhancing, restoring, and maintaining habitats by addressing the challenges of invasive species and succession via an Integrated Vegetation Management lens.

This in-person workshop, held at the Dawes Arboretum, will provide an opportunity for wildlife professionals to reconnect with their professional community, and gain valuable training in Integrated Vegetation Management and early successional habitat management. Registration includes lunch and a 1-year OCTWS membership (new or 12 months extension to current).


8:00-9:00 - Registration and Refreshments

9:00 - Welcome

9:05-9:30 - Quality early successional habitat: Wildlife’s perspective

Speaker: Matt Shumar, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative

9:30-9:50 - Grasping the scale: Challenges and opportunities

Speaker: Cody Grasser, Pheasants Forever

9:50-10:15 - What is Integrated Vegetation Management and why does it work?

Speaker: Pat Failor, First Energy

10:15-10:35 - What do you have to work with? Baseline vegetation assessments and how to prioritize limited resources

Speaker: Colby Tisdale, Arbormetrics

10:35-10:45 - BREAK

10:45-11:15 - Tools in the management toolbox: Herbicides and more

Speaker: Kathy Smith

11:15-11:45 - Quail focal area: Habitat successes through relationship-building

Speaker: John Kaiser

11:45-12:15 - Identifying and Encouraging beneficial “weed” species: It’s not just control

Speaker: Renee Buck, Mike Retterer

12:15-1:00 - LUNCH

1:00-1:40 - Partnership panel to achieve early successional habitat success

(2 minute intros, facilitated Q&A with emphasis on building partnerships)

John Kaiser – Private Lands Administrator
Sarah Moore – Ohio Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist, PF
Mike Ervin – Public Lands Administrator
Mike Retterer – National ROW & Energy Coordinator
Tim Lohner – American Electric Power

1:40-2:00 - Invasive species control: Case studies

Dan Matteson, Novco Inc. – honeysuckle, autumn olive
Joseph Lautenbach, ODNR project – managing NNIS in grasslands

2:00-2:15 - BREAK

2:15-3:15 - Walking tour: Dawes/AEP early successional habitat partnership

Speakers: Shana Byrd, Tim Lohner

3:15-4:00 - Technical guidance and hands-on review, gear, equipment and supplies

(20 minute show-and-tell, A 3:15-3:35, B 3:40-4:00; attendees choose 2)

Travis Kruse – GPS-enabled, auto mixing sprayer
Kathy Smith –sprayer calibration demo
Mike Retterer – seed mixes & seeding
Renee Buck – rapid-fire species ID


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Red Barn Reserve (The Dawes Arboretum)

7087 Davis Drive

Heath, OH 43056

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