NAC22 Virtual Package Content

2022 Natural Areas Conference - virtual package content

Contained on this page: 

  • Edited recordings of plenary session and keynote speakers. 
  • Edited recordings of select practitioner talks.

More Content:

Attendee Submitted Photos:

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PlenaryLand Acknowledgment

Executive Director,
Natural Areas Association,

Welcome from NAA
Welcome from the Conference Chair

Prairie Biologist, MN Department of
Natural Resources, Scientific and
Natural Areas (SNA) Program

Life at a Crossroads: A Natural History of Minnesota

Botanist, Plant & Forest Ecologist,
Author and Retired, 
MN Biological Survey
Botanist & Plant Ecologist, 
MN Biological Survey
Botanist & Plant Ecologist,
MN Biological Survey

Reminding Ourselves and Others Why We Are Doing This

Director of Science,
The Nature Conservancy

Climate ChangePati Vitt
Paul Zedler
Riverscour Prairies of National Parks in Southern West Virginia: Monitoring and Restoration of a Threatened PlantDoug Manning 
Everyone on the Same Page: The Prairie Reconstruction Initiative Monitoring Protocol
Introduction and Early Results of the SPRUCE ExperimentRandy Kolka
Chris Tracey
Paula Comeau 
We Can Do Better Than the Seasonal Technician ModelChris Helzer
Using Photography to Survey Multiple Groups of Pollinating Insects and Plant AssociationsAngella Moorehouse 
Native Bees, Natural Communities, and Host Plants from 5-Year Survey of Long-Managed Missouri Ozark Woodland LandscapesKen McCarty 

Conservation Dogs

Compassionate Conservation and Detection DogsKayla Fratt
Conservation PartnershipCounty Natural Heritage Inventories as Planning Tools for Natural Area Protection: A Case Study from Northwest ArkansasTheo Witsell

plenary sessions


  • Presented by Randy Kolka
    • Northern Research Station Center for Research on Ecosystem Change Grand Rapids, MN
  • Presented by Kayla Fratt
    • K9 Conservationists

  • Presented by Chris Helzer Nebraska
    • Director of Science The Nature Conservancy
  • Presented by Paul H. Zedler Brad Herrick Cooper Rosin
    • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Presented by Angella Moorehouse
    • Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

  • Presented by Ken McCarty
    • Missouri State Parks
  • Presented by Amanda McColpin
    • US Fish and Wildlife Services
  • Diane L. Larson,
    • US Geological Survey
  • Pauline Drobney
    • US Fish and Wildlife Services (retired)

  • Presented by Patti Vitt
    • Lake County Forest Preserves, Director of Natural Resources

Created by:
  • Rebecca Barak
    • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Anna Braum
    • The Wetlands Initiative
  • Jessamine Finch
    • The Native Plant Trust
  • Stephanie Frischie
    • The Xerces Society
  • Izabella Redlinski
    • Forest Preserve District of Cook County
  • Pati Vitt
    • Lake County Forest Preserve District


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.