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Restoration Forestry Guild Gathering: Bottomlands, Bluffs, and Birds

September 24, 2019 @ 9:15 am - September 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Student rate: $40
Speaker rate: $60
General rate: $70
Add a dinner guest for pizza: $15

Join us to discuss Restoration Forestry in the context of the Upper Mississippi and driftless bluff country of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The discussion on what restoration forestry is, and how it looks across the spectrum of forest types will be valuable for those working in other ecosystems too. We will look at Restoration Forestry as a theoretical approach and discuss its implications for forests, birds, and wildlife before drilling down into the nuts and bolts of silviculture and regeneration strategies. We will wrap all of these things together with a field tour of restoration forestry projects.

Food: Tuesday lunch on your own at student union, Tuesday pizza dinner and Wednesday box lunch included.

Lodging: A room block was held at Holiday Inn & Suites La Crosse – Downtown for $119/room until September 5. You are welcome to call there to see if any availability remains. Address is: 200 Pearl Street, La Crosse, WI 54602.

  • Call: 608-784-4444 or 1-800-HOLIDAY and mention the block name, UWL Meeting or
  • Book online at www.ihg.com and search for La Crosse WI.

Continuing education credits will be available from this meeting.

  • The Wildlife Society credit total is under review
  • Society of American Foresters credit total is under review
  • Wisconsin DNR Cooperating Forester credits = 11.
Agenda summary:
Day 1
9:15 Registration at UW-La Crosse Student Union, room 3310 (521 East Avenue N, La Crosse, WI 54601)
9:30 Welcome
9:40 Restoration Forestry – Peter Bundy (President, Masconomo Forestry)
10:40 Upper Mississippi River Landscape Ecology – Nate DeJager and Molly Van Appledorn (Research Ecologists, USGS)
11:20 Defining Forest Restoration in the UMR/Driftless – Andy Meier (Forester, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
12:00 Lunch (on your own. Vendors are available in the student union)
12:40 Implications of Forest Restoration on Avian Communities – Eileen Kirsch (Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS)
1:20 Landscape-scale Bird Habitat Modeling Assessment – Nicole Michel (Senior Quantitative Ecologist, National Audubon Society)
2:00 Break
2:20 Adapting Silviculture for Restoration – Greg Edge and Brad Hutnik (Forest Ecologist / Silviculturist, WI DNR)
3:00 UMR Bottomland Forest Gap Mapping – Andrew Strassman, (Biologist, USGS)
3:40 Case Studies in Regeneration -Rebecca Montgomery (Professor, University of Minnesota)
4:20 Synthesis – Meredith Thomsen (Professor, University of Wisconsin La Crosse)
5:00 Adjourn
6:30 Social event at Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse, WI 54603 (dinner included, drinks on your own)
Day 2
8:30 a.m. Meet bus outside the La Crosse Center (300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601)
8:45 Bus departs
9:10 Regeneration Challenges in Floodplain Forests – Goose Island (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
10:20 Bus departs
10:50 Restoration in Rush Creek State Natural Area (WI DNR)
12:00 Bus Departs
12:15 Lunch Break at Fish Farm Mounds (box lunches provided)
12:50 Bus Departs
1:00 Unrooted Cottonwood Cuttings, Whalen Tract/Winnebago Creek (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
2:30 Bus Departs
2:50 Direct Seeding, Root River Tract (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
4:10 Bus Departs
4:30 Return to La Crosse Center and adjourn
If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Mike Lynch right away, and thank you!
Thank you to the Army Corps of Engineers for the photos in this event listing, and to our current sponsors! 


September 24, 2019 @ 9:15 am
September 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Mike Lynch


University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Student Union
Union Room 3310, 521 East Avenue N
LaCrosse, WI 54601
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