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Southern Wisconsin Restoration Field Day


Restoration Field Day is a gathering for ecological practitioners, vendors, property owners, naturalists, and students of all ages. This full-day workshop will make ecological management accessible to everyone. Participants will explore a variety of land-management tools, techniques, and services through field demonstrations, lecture-style presentations, hands-on learning experiences, and vendor booths led by experts in restoration ecology. Examples of offerings include planting native species, trail and right-of-way restoration, herbicide applications, rare species preservation, restoration products/equipment, and more!

Cost: $50 for Riveredge members, $60 for nonmembers, $30 students. We are limiting this field day to 90 people, so make sure to register soon! Click here to register.

Presentations and Demos

8:30-9: Registration

9-9:30: Guarding your Restoration from Erosion | Jay Settersen (SetterTech LLC) in Barn

9:40-10:10: Installation of Agrecol’s Native Vegetated Mat (NVM) and First Year Maintenance | Michelle Stowers (Agrecol)

10:20-10:50: Restoring a Healthy Lowland Forest: New DNR Silvicultural Practices | Bill McNee (Wisconsin DNR) OR Fire Ecology, Prescribed Fire, and Trails: Are We Headed Down the Right Path? | Craig Maier (Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium)

11-11:30: Orchid Conservation in Wild and Restored Populations: Opportunities On and Off Trail | Melissa Curran (Stantec Consulting Services) OR Native Woody Plant Pruning to Keep Corridors and Not Create Hedgerows | Jim Uhrinak (Milwaukee Audubon)

11:40-Noon: Vendor Social

12-1:00: Catered lunch and Keynote: Slick Divide: Trail Design and Construction on Steep Slopes | Lauren Jennison (Applied Ecological Services)

1-1:30: STIHL 2019 Product Lineup | Scott Grim (Midwest STIHL) OR Conservation Dogs (Meet Tilia and See Her in Action!) | Cory Gritzmacher and Jason Nickels (Mequon Nature Preserve) and Laura Holder (Midwest Conservation Dogs)

1:40-2:10: Building ADA Trails within Wetlands: Adaptive Management and Permitting Hurtles | Jerry Ziegler (The Nature Conservancy) in Barn

2:20-2:50: Mowing Management and Opportunity on and off Trails/Right-of-Ways | Mark Renz (University of Wisconsin Madison, UW Extension)

3-3:30: Preparing Your Restoration for a 500-Year Storm Event | Aaron Steber (Cardno) in Barn

3:40-4:10: Quick Tips to Recognizing Plant Families for Faster Keying in the Field | Emmet Judziewics (UW Stevens Point) OR Trail and Field Edge Maintenance with UTV-Mounted Boomless Sprayers | Kyle Duquaine (Eco-Resource Consulting)


Stop by and meet some of the following awesome organizations and sponsors making this day possible. Open 9-3, in between sessions. 

Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium

Midwest Stihl

Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium

Mequon Nature Preserve

Johnson’s Nursery

Eco-Resource Consulting

Wisconsin DNR

The Nature Conservancy



Applied Ecological Services


Location information

Riveredge Nature Center

Saukville 53080
4458 County Hwy Y