Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference for Natural Resource Professionals
Welcome to the Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference. This multi-day conference brings together professionals from many agencies and organizations dedicated to habitat restoration on private lands. The conference is intended to improve communications among and between agencies and organizations, offer cross-training about private lands programs, share landowner success stories, learn about successful on-the-ground techniques, and provide updates about farm bill programs and other information of relevance to those working with private landowners.
The May 2 - 5, 2016 conference is being held in cooperation with the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium. For this fourth conference, experts will present current knowledge about prescribed fire and associated ecosystems both in the field and classroom. Register to attend either one, two, three, or all four days of the conference.
- May 2: Prescribed Fire Field Tour, Pine-Bluestem Buffalo Road Tour, Waldron, Arkansas, hosted by the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium
- May 3: Prescribed Fire Field Tour, Glade Management, Calico Rock, Arkansas, hosted by the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium
- May 4: Prescribed Burning as a Forest Management Method field tour & indoor presentations, UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville
- May 5: "How to" field demonstrations and indoor presentations, UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville
The Prescribed Fire Field Tours will be held at a different location each day. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the field stop locations (i.e., no tour bus) and for bringing your own sack lunch. These FREE tours are hosted by Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium and other partners.
The first day will focus on a pine-bluestem restoration project at the Ouachita National Forest near Waldron, Arkansas. This area has been managed for decades using fire, benefiting many species from bobwhites to red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Pine-Bluestem Buffalo Road tour is a must-see for professionals, whether seeing it for the first time or revisiting this dynamic ecosystem. Experts will provide insights about management practices and effects.
The second day of the field tour will focus on glade restoration near Calico Rock. Glades are a unique ecosystem providing habitat for a number of plant and wildlife species. Farm bill programs offer landowners incentives for restoring glades. Members of the Oak Woodlands & Forest Fire Consortium, Theo Witsell with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and Casey Brewster, UA graduate student, will describe their work with glades and their restoration.
The Conference continues at the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station with additional field tours, presentations, and opportunities to network with professionals.
Field Tour (morning): Participants will take a wagon tour to woodland demonstration areas where UA forestry faculty and Consortium experts will describe the effect of fire and herbicide treatments on various forest stand densities and site indexes.
Indoor Presentations (afternoon): Experts will discuss the latest information on prescribed fire application and education.
Reception and Awards Dinner (evening): An informal reception and awards dinner will be held at the UA Livestock Forestry and Research Station. Awards will be presented recognizing professionals and landowners for habitat improvements in cooperation with partnering agencies.
The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference continues with field demonstrations, presentations, and networking opportunities.
"How To" Field Demonstrations (morning): Participants will take a wagon tour to demonstrations of wildlife habitat restoration practices, including riparian area restoration, herbicide application to trees, and establishing native pollinator plants for improved wildlife habitat.
Indoor Presentations (afternoon): Current events and issues facing landowners will be presented.
Register for the Prescribed Fire Field Tours on May 2, 3, or both days. These FREE tours are hosted by Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium. Register for each day you plan to attend at the Consortium's registration website.
Register for conference activities at the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station on May 4 and 5 using this registration form with payment options. Registration for May 4 and 5 includes meals and conference resource materials. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Register early to guarantee your seat. Registration closes April 22, 2016 (or when we receive 100 registrations). After April 22, contact Debbie Moreland (email@example.com; 501-682-2915; 501-425-2891) to reserve your seat. NOTE: Those who show up at the door without advanced reservations may be turned away as we cannot exceed the facility's occupancy. Before making the drive, contact Debbie Moreland.
Registration before April 27
Monday, May 2
Bring your own sack lunch and bottled water. Register at the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium's website.
Tuesday, May 3
Bring your own sack lunch and bottled water. Register at the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium's website. Wednesday, May 4 & Thursday, May 5
Includes Wednesday and Thursday lunches, reception & awards dinner, breaks & field demonstration transportation, resource materials. Complete registration form and mail, email, or fax by April 27.
Reception & awards dinner only (for guests)
Buffet meal and reception. Complete registration form and mail, email, or fax by April 27.
IMPORTANT NOTE about field tours at the Batesville Station: Due to road conditions, field tour participants must ride tour transportation unless prior arrangements are made. No private vehicles will be allowed on half-day tours at the Batesville Station (May 4 and 5).
Payment: To download the registration form, click here. Payment options include credit card or personal check. You may mail, fax, or call in your credit card number to Debbie Moreland (501-682-2915; 501-425-2891). Checks need to be received with the registration form by April 22 for registration to be valid. Mail registration form to:
Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference
c/o The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Refund policy: The registration fee will be refunded if a written request is received by April 22, 2016. No refunds will be issued after April 22, 2016. All refunds will be processed after the conference.
Cancellation policy: The conference committee reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If the conference or a portion of the conference is canceled or postponed, the conference committee will determine refunds based on conference expenses incurred, but the conference committee cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, travel agencies, or hotels.Questions about registration? Contact Debbie Moreland, (501) 682-2915 or (501) 425-2891, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel and Lodging
May 2 and 3: Field tours will be held in western and north-central Arkansas. Participants make their own meal and lodging arrangements for these FREE field tours.
- May 2 field tour will begin about 8:30 am. Nearby Waldron and Booneville offer several lodging options. After this field tour concludes in early afternoon, participants who wish to attend the next-day tour will drive approximately 4 1/2 hours to Calico Rock or vicinity.
- May 3 field tour near Calico Rock will begin about 9:30 am at a glade restoration area. Driving distance to the next-day conference at Batesville is approximately 45 minutes.
May 4 and 5: Conference activities will be held at the U of A Livestock and Forestry Research Station located outside of Batesville. Lunch, an evening meal, and breaks are included with the registration fee.
Hotels are about a 10 minute drive from the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station which is in a rural area outside of Batesville. A number of lodging options are listed at the Batesville Chamber website.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is holding a limited number of rooms at a government rate of $70 plus tax (with government identification) for the duration of the conference (May 2 - 4). Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located at 1130 White Drive, Batesville, (870) 698-2700. These blocked rooms are expected to go fast, so make your reservation early to ensure this room rate.
Directions to the U of A Livestock and Forestry Research Station
The location of conference activities on May 4 and 5 is:
UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station
70 Experiment Station Drive
Batesville, AR 72501 (near Bethesda)
From Calico Rock to UA Station: Take Hwy 56 West about 14 miles to Brockwell, then Hwy 9 South about 7 miles to Melbourne. At Melbourne, take Hwy 69 South about 19 miles to Cushman. A mile or less past Cushman, take a right onto Hwy 106, then turn left onto Experiment Station Drive.
From north of Batesville (near several lodging locations): From Hwy 167 S, turn right onto the Hwy. 69 bypass and travel approximately two miles and then merge right onto Hwy. 69 North. Proceed seven miles to the intersection of Hwy. 106. Turn left onto Hwy. 106. Go south three miles on Hwy. 106, then turn left onto Experiment Station Drive.
From Little Rock: From Hwy. 67, take Exit 55 (Bald Knob) and follow Hwy.167 N towards Batesville for 34 miles. After crossing the river, continue north to the Hwy. 69 bypass at the 6th traffic light. Turn left onto the Hwy. 69 bypass and travel approximately two miles and then merge right onto Hwy. 69 North. Proceed seven miles to the intersection of Hwy. 106. Turn left onto Hwy. 106. Go south three miles on Hwy. 106, then turn left onto Experiment Station Drive.
Continuing Education Credits
Foresters - The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference has accredited the continuing education credits as recognized by the Society of American Foresters:
- May 2: TBA
- May 3: Four (4) CFE hours of Category 1.
- May 4: Six (6) CFE hours of Category 1 for day portion; 1 CFE hour of Category 1 Ethics.
May 5: Four (4) CFE hours of Category 1.
Be sure to sign the forestry registration sheets to receive credit. Certificates of continuing education credit will be available.
Wildlife professionals - The Wildlife Society offers a Professional Development Certificate. Each professional is responsible for submitting their continuing education records to the national society. The number of contact hours will be announced prior to the conference.
The conference planning committee would like to extend an invitation to companies, agencies, organizations and others who are interested in serving as a sponsor. Through general or targeted sponsorship donations, your organization has an opportunity to be recognized as an important contributor to this conference. In return, we have established several mechanisms to acknowledge your contribution.
Levels of Symposium Sponsorship: We offer various levels of recognition for contributors. A table describing sponsorship levels is provided as a guide for potential sponsors. Sponsors should not feel obligated to conform to the levels below. We are soliciting general symposium sponsorship, but if your organization would prefer to target your sponsorship dollars toward a specific event such as a lunch or break, we will be happy to accommodate your needs. Contact Debbie Moreland, (501) 682-2915 or (501) 425-2891, or e-mail at email@example.com. Then complete a sponsorship form and submit with your payment, logo in a picture format (e.g., png, jpeg), and materials for distribution to conference attendees by April 1, 2016 to receive the full benefits of your contribution.
Sponsorship Levels Types of Conference Recognition Complimentary Registrations Bronze $150 Bronze Sponsors will receive one complimentary registration and be recognized on signs throughout the Conference, and their name in the conference program and website. 1 Silver $250 Silver sponsors will receive two complimentary registrations and be recognized on signs throughout the Conference, and their name and logo (if provided 30 days before the event) prominently displayed on conference program and website. 2 Gold $500 Gold sponsors will receive three complimentary registrations and be recognized on signs throughout the Conference, and their name and logo (if provided 30 days before the event) prominently displayed on conference program and website. 3 Platinum $1,000+ Platinum sponsors will receive four to ten complimentary registrations and be recognized on signs throughout the Conference, and their name and logo (if provided 30 days before the event) prominently displayed on conference program and website.
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Invited presenters are asked to complete this speaker registration form and forward to Debbie Moreland as indicated on the form. Speakers who intend to stay for the duration of the conference are expected to register and pay any registration fees unless prior arrangements have been made.
Presenters using PowerPoint presentations have the option to provide them to Becky McPeake (RMcPeake@uaex.edu 501-671-2285) prior to the conference for pre-loading and testing the functionality with the computer projection system. Contact Becky for other audio/visual needs.
VERY IMPORTANT: Each presenter needs 3 to 5 take home points/practices which you want the audience to learn from your presentation. This can be presented in a summary slide. Presentations are not to be data-heavy as in defending a thesis. Audience members expect the science to be there; what we need is information which we can apply in the field and make recommendations to private landowners. The challenge is to tell us something we don’t already know!
Tips for Podium Presentations
Presenters share their knowledge and expertise through presentations at the conference. As such, you are the backbone of the conference. Presenters need to prepare in advance, deliver content articulately and concisely, and follow-up to build knowledge networks.
Prepare your presentation: Consider the time available, the audience's likely desire to ask questions, and the multiple learning styles of attendees (auditory, visual, etc.), when preparing to create a memorable and valuable presentation.
Identify the time allocated: Keep within the time allotted for your presentation.
Determine when questions and discussion will take place: Again, as part of the pre-conference discussion, identify the time to be devoted to questions and discussion and whether you will take questions during your presentation or only afterwards.
Plan your presentation: Create an outline for yourself of the key points to be conveyed and then develop notes regarding what you wish to share relating to each key point. Develop visual aids (see below) to illustrate your key points and serve as an outline to the session.
Prepare visual aids: The vast majority of presenters use PowerPoint slides as part of their presentation. The auditorium is equipped with an LCD projector, a computer and a screen.
Type: Use at least 24 point type so that it may easily be read from across the room. Avoid italics and ALL CAPS for more than a few words as they are difficult to read.
Bullets: Limit yourself to at most 6 bullets per slide and 10 or so words per bullet. Describe details verbally and use the bullet points to provide an outline of key concepts.
Number: A rough rule of thumb is to prepare no more than one slide for every two minutes you will be presenting. This is an upper-limit. The slides are an aide, not the presentation itself.
Avoid acronyms, jargon, and abbreviations: Past evaluations have clearly indicated that one frustration, in particular for new and international attendees, is the use of 'insider' language, acronyms, and abbreviations that make it difficult to comprehend readily a presentation.
Contact information slide: Prepare one slide that you can put up at the beginning and end of the presentation with your presentation title, name, and contact information. Encourage attendees to write down this information for follow-up.
Proofread and spell-check. Spell-check and proofread. Please.
Practice: Practice repeatedly, alone and then in front of a colleague, to ensure that your presentation highlights key point, your delivery is clear, and you can finish within the time allocated.
Do not read from a paper or even from your notes. Practice until you can give the presentation with only a glance or two at note-cards to ensure you are on track.
Awards and Nominations
Landowner Award Nominations
The Arkansas Landowner Stewardship Award recognizes private non-industrial landowners whose actions exemplify restoration and management of wildlife habitat in Arkansas. Their conservation practices benefit wildlife, soil, water, forests and grasslands. They demonstrate to other landowners how land use planning and partnering with wildlife and natural resource professionals can vastly improve the wildlife capacity and sustainability of their land.
Recipients will be recognized and receive a plaque at an informal awards dinner at the Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference on the evening of May 4, 2016. The sponsor of this recognition is the Arkansas Wildlife Federation.
Nominations are solicited from wildlife and natural resource professionals who have worked with the landowner and conducted site-visits of their property, assisted in restoration efforts and programs. Landowners who are nominated and do not receive the award will not be contacted by the awards committee. Professionals can re-nominate landowners who do not receive the award from past years.
This award recipient is selected by committee members representing the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center.
Recipients of the Arkansas Landowner Stewardship Award - private non-industrial landowners whose outstanding contributions to wildlife habitat restoration are deserving of recognition
Marvin Maurras (Franklin County)
Reno and Beverly Romanin (Yell County) Julie Williamson & Polly Roten, sisters (Baxter County)
David Cahoon (Randolph County) Miles Goggans (Cleveland County) Ronnie Strickland (Chicot County) Professional Award Nominations
The Professional Award recognizes a natural resource professional for his or her exemplary accomplishments in working with private landowners to restore wildlife habitat. Impacts of the individual's work can be local, state and/or national in scope. Individuals with a passion for improving wildlife/forestry habitat can be nominated by a peer or self-nominated.
Recipients will be recognized and receive a plaque at an awards luncheon at the Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference on the night of May 6, 2014 Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
This award is sponsored by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center.
Recipients of the Arkansas Natural Resources Professional Award - professionals who provide outstanding landowner education and assistance
Debbie Moreland, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
David Long (Lifetime Achievement) Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (retired) 2014 Mike Budd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2016 Conference Contacts
The conference planning committee is a partnership of various agencies with responsibility for educating private landowners in the state about wildlife habitat restoration. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
Jonathan Baxter Partners for Fish and Wildlife U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 110 South Amity Rd., Suite 300 Conway, AR 72032 (501) 513-4477 (Office) (501) 428-2561(Cell) Jonathan_Baxter@fws.gov Daniel Greenfield Private Lands Biologist Arkansas Game and Fish Commission 1201 North Highway 49 Brinkley, AR 72021 (877) 734-4581 firstname.lastname@example.org Bubba Groves Assistant Private Lands Coordinator Arkansas Game and Fish Commission SE Regional Office 771 Jordan Drive Monticello, AR 71655 (877) 367-3559 (Office) email@example.com Joseph Krystofik State Coordinator, Partners for Fish and Wildlife U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 110 South Amity Rd., Suite 300 Conway, AR 72032 (501) 513-4479 (Office) (501) 730-3246 (Cell) firstname.lastname@example.org David Long, Volunteer Arkansas Wildlife Federation email@example.com Rebecca (Becky) McPeake Professor – Wildlife Extension University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Arkansas Forest Resources Center 2301 South University Avenue Little Rock, AR 72204 (501) 671-2285 (Office) firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Moreland Program Administrator The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-2915 or (501) 425-2891
(501) 682-3991 (FAX)
email@example.com Darren Spinks Forest Stewardship Coordinator AAD - Arkansas Forestry Commission 3821 West Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 296-1862 (Office) (501) 944-2577 (Cell) firstname.lastname@example.org Ted Zawislak Private Lands Coordinator Arkansas Game and Fish Commission North Central Regional Office P.O. Box 729 Hwy 56 East Calico Rock, AR 72519 (877) 297-4331 email@example.com Jim Baker Wildlife Biologist Natural Resources Conservation Service 501-301-3173 firstname.lastname@example.org Amanda Mathis Assistant State Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Service Partnership Coordination Room 3416, Federal Building
700 West Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201-3225
Who should attend?
This conference targets state, federal and non-governmental wildlife and fisheries biologists and foresters engaged in habitat restoration and delivery of conservation programs to private landowners. This includes Private Lands Biologists (AGFC), US Fish and Wildlife Partners Program Biologists, Ducks Unlimited Biologists, District Conservationists, Foresters (state, consultants), and County Extension Agents to name a few. For brevity, the target audience will be referred to as private lands professionals. Exemplary landowners, including those who will be receiving recognition, are also invited to attend.
1. Educate private lands professionals about holistic land stewardship and conservation planning.
2. Inform professionals about new and innovative restoration techniques.
3. Learn about success stories from private landowners who have restored wildlife habitat and can serve as examples for other landowners.
4. Develop an awareness of existing opportunities for planning and implementation of conservation practices on private lands.
5. Offer continuing education credits and in-service training for private lands professionals.
6. Provide networking opportunities for private lands professionals.
Programs from Previous Conferences
Applying Science to Restoring Habitat in a Changing Landscape (2014)
The third conference was a two-day event based in Searcy, Arkansas. A broad range of topics from bobwhites to invasive plants were covered. The field tour to the Augusta area featured lands enrolled in farm bill programs.
- No Resource Left Behind: A Holistic Approach to Land Stewardship (2012)
The second conference was a three-day event based in Conway, Arkansas. The conference featured a range of speakers and a field tour of private lands in the Damascus area.
- Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference (2010)
The first conference featured two days of presentations and exhibitors in Little Rock, Arkansas.