Restoration of Oak-Hickory Woodland and Bush Honeysuckle Management at Shaw Nature Reserve
October 6, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
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Cost, including morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks:
$40 – Missouri Prairie Foundation/ Grow Native! member
$50 – Non-member


8:30 – Registration and coffee (at Shaw Nature Reserve Carriage House) and visit exhibitors
Coffee and bagels provided by DJM Ecological Services

9:00 – Welcome and introductions

9:15 – Dr. Quinn Long, Director, Shaw Nature Reserve: IMLS Woodland Restoration Project and Demonstration Area
• An overview of Ecological Restoration at the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant objectives for the woodland, land-use history, and restoration strategy.

10:00 – Gus Raeker, Forestry District Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation: Woodland Canopy Thinning Techniques and Considerations
• Discussion of why and how much to thin woodland canopies, options for how to complete this work, and other considerations to help ensure the success of your restoration project.

10:45 – Break and visit exhibitors

11:00 – Doug Ladd, retired Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy: Pyromaniacs or Ecological Saviors? Prescribed Fire in Woodlands
• Exploration of the role of fire in Missouri woodlands through time, and what this means for land managers and restorationists.

11:45 – Dr. James Trager, Biologist, Shaw Nature Reserve: Woodland Insect and Plant Relationships
• A review of the impacts of fire on arthropods, especially insects, as related to their ecological characteristics, with implications for fire management of woodlands.

12:30 – Lunch

1:15 – Ryan Diener, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist II, Quail Forever: Prescribed Burn Associations & Cost-Share for Private Lands
• Learn how to get help, equipment, and funding to complete woodland restoration on your property.

2:00 – Mike Saxton, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Shaw Nature Reserve: Effective Strategies for Invasive Plant Control
• Detailed presentation of how to identify and control common invasive plants in Missouri woodlands.

2:45 – Scott Woodbury, Curator, Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve: West Savanna Woodland Restoration
• This photo essay depicts a woodland restoration that began as a dense patch of bush honeysuckle in an overgrown woodland that could not carry fire and now is a diverse open, grassy woodland that is burned regularly.

3:00 – Break and visit exhibitors: Dessert and drinks provided by Native Landscape Solutions

3:15 – Walking tour of IMLS Woodland and West Savanna Restoration
• Interactive on-site Q&A with speakers.


$50 General public

$40 MO. Prairie Foundation/Grow Native! member adults

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