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​​Friday Concurrent Session 7
60 minutes

April 12, 2019 ~ 1:30-2:30 pm

Agenda subject to change.

Water & Lake Health - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Water & Land Health 101           

Description coming soon!
Presenter: Dan Zerr, Natural Resources Educator, Division of Extension

Lake & River Organization Capacity - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Capacity at a County & Watershed Scale            

Description coming soon!
Presenter: Kendra Kelling, Director of Projects, Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership

Creative Concepts - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Mindful Climate Action: Changing Behaviors to Enhance Health and Protect the Environment            

Mindfulness is the nonjudgmental awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they are happening in the present moment. Mindfulness-based practices have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, pain, depression, addiction and asthma, and to improve quality of life among people with chronic illness. Mindfulness-based practices appear to be effective in modifying health-related behaviors, but have not been tested for behaviors related to environmental preservation or sustainability.  

Bruce Barrett, Professor, Family Department of Medicine, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison
Cathy Middlecamp, Professor, Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin - Madison

People & Policy - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Local Water Ordinance Development            

Description coming soon!
Panelists: TBA

Updates & Developments - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

*Two 30-minute presentations

AIS Research Updates            

You have probably heard about (or have applied for) the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Surface Water Grant program, but did you know that part of this grant program includes a category for funding aquatic invasive species (AIS) research and demonstration projects? These research and demonstration projects are intended as cooperative activities between sponsors and the DNR, and are designed to increase our scientific understanding of the ecological and economic implications of AIS, as well as assess experimental and innovative techniques for their prevention, containment and control. This session will give an overview of the AIS research grant program, as well as briefly highlight several recently completed and ongoing studies, including innovative aquatic plant management research, AIS decontamination techniques and much more. coming soon. 
Presenter: Michelle Nault, Statewide Lakes and Reservoir Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

But Really, How Do We Protect Wisconsin's Water Resources into the Future?            

A whopping 83% of Wisconsin's assessed lakes and rivers are healthy, but we seem to mostly hear about those lakes and rivers that are impaired. Can we challenge ourselves to protect Wisconsin's waters prior to the perceived crisis of being impaired? If so, how? This presentation will summarize key lake, river, wetland, and watershed assessments at multiple scales and stimulate us to envision a statewide protection strategy. 

Presenter: Pamela Toshner, Statewide Healthy Waters Coordinator & Northwest Lakes Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ecology & Natural History - Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Snakes of Wisconsin            

There is a common misconception that, “the only good snake is a dead snake.” In reality, snakes play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems by providing benefits to the environment and sustaining a high level of biodiversity. There are 21 species of snakes occurring in Wisconsin with 14 species being rare and listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. This session will focus on snake species that enrich lake, stream, and wetland ecosystems, and it will provide information on how citizen science can help contribute to snake conservation throughout the state. 
Presenter: Alyssa Hoekstra, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


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