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Southern Wisconsin Restoration Field Day

August 23, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

- $50

What is the Southern Wisconsin Restoration Field Day?

The 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!

Riveredge Members: $50 | Non-Members: $60 | Student Price: $30



Presentations and Demos

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Guarding your Restoration from Erosion | Jay Settersen (SetterTech LLC) in Barn

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

10:20 AM to 10:50 AM: Restoring a Healthy Lowland Forest – New DNR Silviculture Resources | Bill McNee (Wisconsin DNR)  


Fire Ecology, Prescribed Fire, and Trails – Are We Headed Down the Right Path? | Craig Maier, (Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium)

11:00 AM to 11:30 PM: Orchid Conservation in Wild and Restored Populations- Opportunities On and Off Trail | Melissa Curran (Stantec Consulting Services)


Native Woody Plant Pruning to Keep Corridors and not Create Hedgerows | Matt Smith (Riveredge/Milwaukee Audubon)

11:40 PM to 12:00 PM: Vendor Social

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Catered Lunch & Keynote ‘Slick Divide: Trail Design and Construction on Steep Slopes | Lauren Jennison (Applied Ecological Services)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM: STIHL 2019 Product Lineup | Scott Grim (Midwest STIHL)


Conservation Dogs (Meet Tilia And See Her In Action!) | Cory Gritzmacher & Jason Nickels (Mequon Nature Preserve) and Laura Holder (Midwest Conservation Dogs)

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

2:20 PM to 2:50 PM: Mowing Management and Opportunity on and off trails/right-of-ways | Mark Renz (University of Wisconsin Madison, UW Extension)

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM: Preparing your restoration for a 500 Year Storm Event | Aaron Steber (Cardno) In Barn

3:40 PM to 4:10 PM: Quick Tips to Recognizing Plant Families – for faster keying in the field | Emmet Judziewics (UW Steven’s Point) with co-presenter Doug Stadler


Trail and field edge maintenance with UTV mounted boomless sprayers | Kyle Duquaine (Eco-Resource Consulting)


Stop by and meet some of the awesome organizations and sponsors making this day possible. Open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, in between sessions. Booths will be hosted by:

Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.
Midwest Stihl
Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah Fire Science Consortium
Mequon Nature Preserve
Johnson’s Nursery
Eco Resource Consulting
Wisconsin DNR
The Nature Conservancy
Applied Ecological Services
Riveredge Nature Center

Thank You To Our Sponsors! 







August 23, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Matt Smith


Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy Y
Saukville, WI 53080 United States
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(262) 375-2715