UACES Facebook Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands - Professional Training

Announcement for Wildlife TrainingWildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Professional Training

May 8 - 9, 2018 - Delta Resort - McGehee, Arkansas


The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands - Professional Training is a multi-day event bringing together professionals from many agencies and organizations dedicated to habitat restoration on private lands.

The intent is 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 focus for 2018 is engaging and demonstrating the value of wildlife habitat conservation to private landowners.  

  •  Program 

    Detailed program (draft)

    General Program

    May 7

    3:00 pm - ??     Check in at Delta Resort
                             Dinner on-your-own
    7:00 pm            Hospitality Room opens

    May 8

    8:00 am            Registration

    9:00 am            Training begins

    12:00 pm          Lunch

    1:30 pm -          Field tour

    4:00 pm            (transportation provided)

    5:00 pm            Reception

    6:00 pm            Awards Recognition Dinner

                             (informal attire)

    8:00 pm            Trivia Team Competition

    9:00 pm            Hospitality Room opens

    May 9

    7:00 am            Breakfast

    8:00 am            Training continues

    12:00 am          Grand Door Prize
                             Hotel check out
                             Lunch on-your-own
  •  Registration


    Download a registration form with payment options here.  Either (1) scan and email the form with credit card information, or (2) mail with check to Debbie Moreland (  A return receipt will be provided for credit card registrations or upon request. Registration covers training resource materials, field tour transportation, and meals starting May 8 through breakfast on May 9. Registration closes May 1, 2018. After May 1, contact Debbie Moreland (; 501-425-2891). Walk-up registrations are allowed, but meals cannot be guaranteed.






     Before   May 1
     After   May 1

    Full Registration



    Lunch, dinner, and field tour on Tuesday; breakfast on Wednesday; breaks, and other training expenses.

    Reception & awards dinner only (for guests)



    Tuesday evening reception and meal only. 

    IMPORTANT about field tour: Due to road conditions, field tour participants must ride tour transportation unless prior arrangements are made. No private vehicles will be allowed. 

    Payment:  To download the registration form, click here.  Payment options include credit card or personal check. Agencies making multiple reservations should contact Debbie Moreland. You may mail, fax, or call in your credit card number to Debbie Moreland (501-425-2891). Checks need to be received with the registration form by May 1 for registration to be valid.  Mail registration form to:

    AACD - Private Lands Training

    4004 McCain Blvd, Suite 201-B
    North Little Rock, AR  72116

    Refund policy:  The registration fee will be refunded if a written request is received by May 1, 2018. No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2018.  All refunds will be processed after the training.

    Cancellation policy:  The planning committee reserves the right to cancel or postpone this training due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If the training or a portion of the training is canceled or postponed, the committee will determine refunds based on training expenses incurred, but the 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) 425-2891, or e-mail at
  • Travel and Lodging


    Lodging Accommodations

    The Delta Resort offers hotel-style rooms with single or double beds at government per diem rate of $93. More information about accommodations is available at their website. Call 877-GO-DELTA (463-3582) to make room reservations and indicate "Wildlife Habitat Training" to receive the contracted rate for lodging on May 7 and/or 8.

    Directions:  Delta Resort is 6 miles outside of McGehee on Highway 1. From McGehee, take Highway 1 North. Continue approximately 6.2 miles. Turn left down a gravel road. You will see Delta banners on the Hwy. Continue approximately 1.5 miles down gravel road. The facility is located on the right.  Proceed to the Pro Shop for lodging check-in. (Long metal building past the Lodges).


    N. 33 degrees 43.256' 
    W. 091 degrees 20.315'

  • Continuing Education Credits - In Review

    Foresters - The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Professional Training has accredited the continuing education credits as recognized by the Society of American Foresters:  
    • May 8:  TBD
    • May 9:  TBD

    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 and pre-approval meetings for continuing education credit. Each professional is responsible for submitting continuing education records to the national society.  Credits awarded for this training are:

    • May 8:  TBD
    • May 9:  TBD
  • Exhibitors & Sponsors



    Limited space is available for exhibitors in the event's main room where presentations and breaks occur. Set up starts Monday evening after 4:00pm with removal by 11:00am Wednesday.  Download and complete the sponsorship form, then send with payment to Debbie Moreland at, or the address listed in the registration section.  Questions?  Call Debbie Moreland at (501) 425-2891.

    Sponsorship Invitation

    The planning committee extends 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.  In return, we have established several mechanisms to acknowledge your contribution. 

    Levels of 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 event sponsorship, but if your organization would prefer to target your sponsorship dollars toward a specific purpose such as a lunch or break, we will be happy to accommodate your needs. Contact Debbie Moreland, (501) 425-2891, or e-mail at

    Then complete a sponsorship form and submit with your payment, logo in a picture format (e.g., png, jpeg), and materials for distribution to attendees by April 1, 2018 to receive the full benefits of your contribution.

    Types of Sponsor Recognition
    Complimentary Registrations

    Bronze Sponsors will be recognized on signs throughout the training, and one complimentary workshop registration, one exhibit space, and a business card size ad in the workshop program.


    Sponsors are recognized by name in all publicity. Silver Sponsors receive two complimentary workshop registration, one exhibit space, and a business card size ad in the workshop program. Silver Sponsors will be recognized at the opening welcome.

    Sponsors are recognized in all publicity and their logos are prominently displayed. They receive three complimentary workshop registration, one exhibit space and a quarter page ad in the workshop program. Gold Sponsors will be recognized during the luncheon.
    Sponsors are recognized in all publicity and on the website, with their logos prominently displayed. They receive four complimentary workshop registrations, one exhibit space and a half page ad in the workshop program. Platinum Sponsors will be recognized at the opening welcome and during the luncheon.



  • Speaker Information


    Invited presenters need to complete this online speaker registration form by March 1  (Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Foxfire; avoid using Internet Explorer or other end-of-life browsers). The form includes a 50-word (or less) description of your presentation which will be submitted to professional organizations for assignment of continuing education credits.

    Speakers who intend to stay for the duration of the training 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 ( prior to the training for pre-loading and testing the functionality with the computer projection system.  Contact Becky for other audio/visual needs.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Each presenter needs three to five 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 training. As such, you are the backbone of the training. 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: 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 Training on the evening of May 8, 2018.  

    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.

    A nomination form is offered in a Microsoft Word or PDF format.   E-mail the form by April 1 to Jonathan Baxter,

    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)


    Dellos Clemons (Cleburne County)
    Dr. Tim Simon (Drew County)

    Professional Award Nominations

    The Early Career, Outstanding, and/or Lifetime Private Lands Conservation 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 peer- or self-nominated.  

    Recipients will be recognized and receive an award at the Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands - Professional Training the evening of May 8, 2018.    

    A nomination form is offered in a Microsoft Word or PDF format.   E-mail the form by April 1 to Jonathan Baxter,

    Recipients of the Arkansas Natural Resources Professional Award - professionals who provide outstanding landowner education and assistance



    Debbie Moreland, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts


    None awarded


    David Long (Lifetime Achievement)
    Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (retired)
    Mike Budd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    George Rheinhardt, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

    The award recipient(s) is/are 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.

  • 2018 Committee Contacts


    The 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)
    Bubba Groves
    Assistant Private Lands Coordinator
    Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
    SE Regional Office
    771 Jordan Drive
    Monticello, AR  71655
    (877) 367-3559 (Office)
    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)
    Rebecca (Becky) McPeake
    Professor – Wildlife Extension 
    University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
    Cooperative Extension Service
    Arkansas Forest Resources Center
    2301 South University Avenue
    Little Rock, AR  72204
    (501) 671-2285 (Office)
    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)
    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)
    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
    Jim Baker
    Wildlife Biologist
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Amanda Mathis
    Assistant State Conservationist
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Partnership Coordination
    Room 3416, Federal Building
    700 West Capitol Ave.
    Little Rock, AR 72201-3225


Livestock producer speaking about alternative watering station
IN HIS OWN WORDS -- A small-acreage livestock producer speaks about his working farm and conservation practices, such as providing alternative water sources.  (Image by Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas.)

Who should attend? 

This training 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.

Previous Programs

  • The fourth conference was a four-day event starting with a Pine-Bluestem Buffalo Road field tour at the Ouachita National Forest near Waldron; then moving to the City Rock Bluff Glade Restoration field tour at Calico Rock; and concluding with a combination of 1/2 day field tours and indoor presentations at the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station at Batesville.
  • 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.