Dear Central Region SNA Site Stewards,
We would like to offer you an introduction to ecology and rare natural features information available for our Central Region, and training in invasive species identification and control methods. We have tentatively scheduled Saturday, March 1, 9 am to 4:00 pm for this session. Would you please let me know if you are interested in attending, by January 24? I will attempt to secure a meeting location that provides the shortest drive for the most participants.
Our objectives for this training session are to:
(1) Increase your awareness of and access to ecology and natural history information available for Central Region SNAs, including:
a. the Ecological Classification System,
b. Native Plant Community Field Guides, and the
c. Natural Heritage Information System (records for rare features);
(2) Enhance your understanding of native plant communities and natural disturbances associated with them (fire, wind-throw, flooding);
(3) Enhance your understanding of the impacts of management activities and natural disturbances on wildlife;
(4) Facilitate your interests in biological monitoring;
(5) Facilitate your interests in hands-on restoration work through training in invasive species ID and control methods;
(6) Review safety guidelines, and provide safety supplies and equipment for the types of activities you'd like to help with at your SNA.
It's a hefty list! Our Regional Plant Ecologist (Hannah Texler) and our Regional Nongame Wildlife Specialists (Erica Hoaglund and Chris Smith) will provide the bulk of the training.
Many of you are Master Naturalists! Let me know if you would be interested in teaching your fellow stewards invasives species ID and control methods for known species of concern at your SNA.
Central Region SNA Program Coordinator
Scientific and Natural Areas Program
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5837 (office) 651-295-9854 (cell) 651-772-7977 (fax)