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2017 Lakeshore Habitat Restoration 
Training for Professionals

Principles and Practices of Lake-Friendly Landscaping, Low Impact Development, Water Quality Conservation, and Erosion Control of Low Energy Sites on Inland Wisconsin Lakes

Two Regional Classroom Sections​ to Choose From


​​1. Southern Classroom Session:   Madison, WI            Monday &  Tuesday  -  Aug 28th & 29th 2017

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum 

1207 Seminole Highway   Madison, WI


​2.  Northern Classroom Session:    Tomahawk, WI      Tuesday & Wednesday -  Sept 5th &  6th 2017

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Treehaven

W2540 Pickerel Creek Road / Tomahawk, WI


If you’d like to pay by check, please print your registration form and send it with payment to:  

UW-Extension Lakes / 800 Reserve Street / Stevens Point, WI / 54481

For any questions please contact Patrick Goggin​, < >

Training description:

This two-day course is designed for those who perform and/or oversee lakeshore habitat restoration projects on inland lakes with lower energy sites.  This interactive learning experience will aid you in approaches and methodologies that are immediately applicable to your lakeshore habitat restoration projects. Participants will receive a comprehensive set of presentation notes, supporting handouts and on-line materials, and other references for your use back home in your practice.

Lakeshore habitat restoration training for professionals draft agenda 2017 sessions.pdf

Who should attend?

Planners; landscapers; engineers; consultants; contractors and suppliers; erosion control specialists; state property land managers; municipal park staff; developers/builders; county staff in land and water conservation / zoning departments; tribal partners; state lake coordinators, regulators and water resource management specialists in lake country; lake educators and researchers; among others. 

Training sessions will help participants to:

  • Review basic ideas, concepts, and characteristics related to lakeshore ecology such as soils, natural communities, and zones of habitat;

  • Reconsider past and current research trends related to lakeshores, view links to current water quality and lakeshore health status, and receive an update on the findings of the 10-year Wisconsin Lakeshore Restoration Project including some essential lessons learned;

  • Gain insight into the common best management practices employed in lakeshore habitat restorations including bioengineering techniques and approaches;

  • Receive guiding principles for effective site design and installation, project maintenance and long-term care, and project monitoring;

  • Get in tune with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) lake grants and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) cost-sharing available to partially fund lakeshore habitat restoration work;

  • Examine the usual contents of a sound lakeshore habitat restoration plan and see example timelines for the project planning process;

  • Glean a better understanding for state regulations, standards, and policies important to completing well-thought out and compliant lakeshore habitat restorations;

  • Learn about how and why we utilize native plants in lakeshore habitat restoration projects;

  • Hear business profiles from industry and government partners engaged in lakeshore habitat restoration projects;

  • Bolster local economies around Wisconsin through increased  work on lakeshore habitat restoration projects;

  • Build a peer support network and cadre of lakeshore health enthusiasts and professionals you can partner with on lakeshore habitat restoration work in the future; 

  • Become more effective and valuable at your job by learning and interacting with our diverse audience and course speakers; and

  • Discover several tips and constructive ideas for working effectively with private landowners, agency staff, and green industry professionals as a coordinated team in designing and implementing lakeshore habitat restoration projects.

Registration fee:

  • The cost of the training is $125.00; this fee includes the two-day classroom facilities, break refreshments and lunches on both training days, exam and certification costs, training materials, and speaker overheads.

  • Lodging is not provided through your registration fee; please make your own lodging arrangements using the links and contacts provided below.

2017 locations for two-day classroom session:

Monday, August 28th and Tuesday, August 29th2017 in Madison:

 University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum / 1207 Seminole Highway / Madison, WI / 53711-3726 / 


Lodging accomodations are available in the Madison area; several links to possible lodging are provided below: 


- OR -​

Tuesday, September 5th and Wednesday, September 6th2017 in Tomahawk:

 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Treehaven / W2540 Pickerel Creek Road / Tomahawk, WI / 54487​ / 


Certification of completion:

  • Certification requires participation in the two-day classroom instruction session and completion of the on-line exam.

  • Those who successfully complete the two-day course and on-line exam will be issued a certificate of completion and be listed on the UW-Extension Lakes web site indicating they have successfully completed the training.

Training facilitator and contact for questions:​​​​​​​​

Patrick Goggin > Wisconsin Lakes Partnership / UW-Extension Lakes < >

Training co-sponsors:


Listing of 2014 Crew 1, 2015 Crew 2, and 2016 Crew 3 graduates:


Field day opportunity - [the cost for attending this session is separate from this training]:


Erosion Control and Stormwater Product University

This popular annual event brings together professionals from Wisconsin, Minnesota and other Midwest states to learn about the latest in stormwater and erosion control in the classroom. The second part of the program will take attendees out to the field at American Excelsior's ErosionLab, a large-scale erosion control testing facility, to see demonstrations of the BMPs and products that are used in the field every day. View more info.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 21st, 2017; 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

Location: WI Indianhead Technical College / American Excelsior ErosionLab - Rice Lake, WI

Registration: $140 (includes breakfast and lunch)- Register Now

Download the program registration form to send registration information and payment by mail.

Morning Classroom Presentations:
• Changes to WisDOT PAL Requirements
• Additives for Erosion Control and Stormwater
• History of Erosion Control

Afternoon Field Demonstrations:
• Curlex Bloc Filter Station - see an installation of a filter station that uses natural domestic fibers for filtration of contaminated runoff. Full-scale materials, including earth percussion anchors, are used in the demonstration so you can see the magnitude of the application. An explanation will be given regarding performance capabilities and where the unique filter stations have been used.
• Erosion Control and Stormwater Product Demonstration View a wide array of products and learn proper installation and inspection techniques; develop an understanding of how these products are best utilized in project design.
• Live demonstration of what various shear stress levels look like in a channel - watch water flow at various sheer stress thresholds and develop an understanding of how these sheer stress levels relate to WisDOT PAL classifications and product placement.
• Duck Race


Attending the Rice Lake event with a group of colleagues? Check out the beautiful scenery and great cabins at Gathering Place Resort. Questions? Interested in registering but have questions? Please visit our program page or email: < >.

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