Natural Areas Association Webinar Series

Our webinar series is a part of our continuing commitment to bring the latest and most relevant information to our members. Watch this page or sign up for email to receive information about registration.

See below for our 2017 Webinar Series.

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Past Webinars

Title: From Bird’s Eye to Grass Roots Implementing the National Seed Strategy – National, Regional, Local Perspectives
Time: Sept 13, Noon ET
Peggy Olwell, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Plant Program Lead, Washington, D.C., and Chair of the Plant Conservation Alliance Federal Committee


Dirk Netz
, USDA Forest Service botanist with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National



Sarah Kulpa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Restoration Ecologist/Botanist with the USFWS Reno Office

This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration through real life, “hands-on” examples of implementation. The 350+-member Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) released the National Seed Strategy in 2015. It represents an unprecedented partnership effort of national, regional and local public and private collaborators.

Three speakers from three different federal agencies will discuss implementation opportunities and challenges from a national, regional and local perspective. Examples will relate to strategy goals (producing and providing needed seed, conducting research, expanding tools for land managers and communications).

Although stories will primarily focus on work being done in the Great Basin, concepts and practices will be of interest to land managers, conservationists and botanists nationwide.


Peggy Olwell, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Plant Program Lead, Washington, D.C., and Chair of the Plant Conservation Alliance Federal Committee, will provide an overview of the National Seed Strategy.

Dirk Netz, USDA Forest Service botanist with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, will provide a regional perspective from the Great Basin Native Plant Project.

Sarah Kulpa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Restoration Ecologist/Botanist with the USFWS Reno Office, will provide a “grass-roots” perspective, drawing from her work with the University of Nevada – Reno and others to support restoration of local native plant communities.

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Title: Site Management Tool for Natural Areas Managers: Intro to TerraTrak™
Time: August 16, Noon ET
Speaker: Brian Knowles, Founder & Managing Partner, Sitka Technology Group

Speaker: Steve Rentmeester, Senior Product Owner, Sitka Technology Group

Built originally for Oregon Metro to manage property acquisition and stewardship for their Natural Areas bond measure, TerraTrak™ efficiently streamlines site management activities for green infrastructure assets, such as parks, open spaces, trails, urban forests, constructed wetlands, wildlife corridors, and other natural habitats.

Join representatives from Sitka Technology Group and discover how the platform:

• Centralizes all program data
• Streamlines business processes and workflows
• Simplifies the process of sharing program summaries and reports

During this hour-long webinar, land managers can expect to learn:

• Why customers like Oregon Metro and Clean Water Services chose to implement TerraTrak and the resulting workflow improvements they’ve experienced
• A step-by-step demo of the site management module
• How organizations across the country can free up staff time for genuine stewardship by adopting this enterprise-level conservation management platform.

Learn more about Brian. 

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Title: New Online Resources for Revegetation Practitioners
Time: June 7, Noon ET
Speakers: Matt Horning, Plant Geneticist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

In 2007 the US Forest Service (USFS) and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) published the report “Roadside revegetation: an integrated approach to establishing native plants” as a technical resource for project designers and revegetation specialists aimed to increase the success of FHWA roadside revegetation projects in the Pacific Northwest USA.  Importantly, the integrated approach and information in this report is applicable on highly disturbed sites outside the context of roadsides and is broadly relevant to a diverse array of revegetation projects.  Currently this document is being updated to include pollinator-specific guidance and new content including an expanded scope to include all of the US.  The new report will be hosted on the website along with additional information including a resource library and other training aides.

In addition to this document, the USFS and FWHA along with other partners are producing a nationwide online ecoregional workhorse and pollinator-friendly plant list utility. This utility should aid practitioners in selecting and sourcing appropriate native plant materials for various revegetation objectives including pollinator conservation through habitat creation. This presentation will highlight this integrated approach to revegetation and describe these resources for restoration practitioners.

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Title: Residual Fire Regimes and Their Value in a Post-suppression Management Era
Time: March 29, Noon ET (rescheduled date)
Speakers: Tom Saladyga, Asst. Professor of Geography, Concord University; Alecea Standlee, Asst. Professor of Sociology, Concord University

In regions where forests have developed in response to decades of fire suppression or exclusion, there often persist isolated, residual fire regimes with characteristics similar to those inferred from pre-suppression era fire histories.  In this webinar, we will discuss how these surviving fire regimes and the people who live among them can help inform current and future forest management and restoration objectives.  Our discussion will focus generally on the Central Hardwood Forest Region and, specifically, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Region where fire activity has continued uninterrupted into the 21st century.  This region provides us an opportunity to discuss how multiple sources of information, including fire-scarred trees, observational fire records, socioeconomic data, and a “fire knowledge” survey can be used to guide management decisions and ensure resilient forest landscapes.

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Title: Bringing Back the Pollinators: Conservation in the Age of Climate Change
Time: February 22, Noon ET
Speaker: Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director, Xerces Society

Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. Despite their recognized importance, until recent years, little attention was given to the conservation of pollinators and now some are in decline. Many species of bumble bees are at risk of extinction, and monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent. Loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, and disease and parasites are among the leading causes of these declines. Although we do not know the full role of climate change in pollinator declines, data suggests climate resilient habitats will help conserve pollinators.

Many practitioners and land management agencies are interested in restoring and managing habitat for pollinators. Understanding how climate change will impact both the pollinators and their habitats is vital to providing resilient habitats for long-term conservation. Scott will discuss the research on climate change and pollinators and how land managers can conserve, manage and restore habitats with climate change in mind.

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Title: Resident and User Support for Urban Natural Areas Restoration Practices
Time: November 10, Noon ET
Speaker: Paul H. Gobster, Research Landscape Architect, USDA Forest Service

Public support is important to the success of natural areas restoration programs, and it can be especially critical in urban settings where stakeholders recreate in or reside near natural areas but may lack familiarity with practices for managing ecological processes. Surveys of on-site recreationists and nearby residents of 11 Chicago metropolitan natural areas were used to assess support for eight different practices commonly used in oak woodland restoration. On-site users and nearby residents who believed that a restoration practice was being used at the site they visited and/or lived near were much more likely to support the use of that practice than those who did not believe or did not know whether it was being used. Beyond these findings, results also suggest that support should be viewed as a multidimensional concept that involves perceptual, demographic, and structural components which often differ for different practices. Managers can use the information provided here to increase their understanding of the relative nature of restoration support and devise holistic social-ecological strategies to achieve restoration success.

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Title: Modern climate change and wildlife populations: Understanding vulnerability and conservation in a novel future
Time: August 23, Noon ET
Speaker: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The evidence that wildlife populations are responding to modern climate change is now overwhelming. There is strong scientific consensus that environmental tipping points are being crossed, and many species are adapting (or failing to adapt) to these novel climate conditions. This talk will focus on how climate and land use change drive changes at the level of individuals and populations, and what are the implications for the management and conservation of wildlife under an increasingly uncertain future.

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Title: Don’t Speculate, Calculate! The New Long-term Stewardship Calculator
Time: June 28, Noon ET
Speaker: Angela Sturdevant, The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Field Office; Coda Global Fellow with TNC’s Mitigation Learning Network

We all know that costs associated with long-term stewardship are inherently difficult to predict and often underestimated. To help tackle this problem, The Nature Conservancy convened national experts to develop a calculator that estimates stewardship costs and the amount that should be set aside to provide a secure source of future funding. We developed several products, including a spreadsheet for calculating stewardship costs, an accompanying handbook and quick reference guide, and a web-based portal for these resources. This accessible tool helps consolidate and highlight common expenses to improve the ease and accuracy of calculating costs. The calculator has been designed to be used for both conservation easements and fee land, and is available for free here. The presentation will include a step-by-step demonstration of the calculator and an overview of endowment management concepts.

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