From shore to shore, Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas provide both great recreation opportunities and high quality habitat for rare species. Our state park system is home to many unique ecosystems, such as forested coastal dunes, native tallgrass prairies and rare prairie fens that are home to rare birds, insects, turtles and other animals.
This webinar will provide an overview of the DNR Volunteer Steward Program and our approach to protecting these unique ecosystems for species of greatest conservation need. The program integrates volunteers with our overall habitat restoration plans in select parks. Volunteers are trained and have contributed tens of thousands of service hours in removal of invasive woody shrubs, like buckthorn and honeysuckle, and herbaceous plants, like garlic mustard and spotted knapweed. More advanced projects include insect monitoring and forest health surveys.
Participants will receive an overview of Michigan Volunteer Steward Program and ideas on how to successfully integrate volunteers in natural resource management at beginner and advanced levels.
About the Presenters
Heidi Frei, Natural Resource Steward, MDNR Parks and Recreation Division, Stewardship Unit
Laurel Malvitz-Draper, Natural Resource Steward, MDNR Parks and Recreation Division, Stewardship Unit
This webcast was conducted through online conferencing software and captured for future viewing. This webcast includes a digital recording of the presentation and a download of the presentation.
To be awarded an electronic certificate of completion for attending or viewing this webcast, you must successfully complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts.
At the end of this session, participants should:
- be able to identify diverse groups for volunteer recruitment
- be able to identify potential volunteer habitat restoration projects
- be able to find creative ways to engage volunteers in public lands