State-level sessions on Gulf Hypoxia tools
Earlier in November, Indiana University student Jorgen Rose and Gwen White led an afternoon session for the Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Society on development and use of the Precision Conservation Blueprint tools. The group gave us excellent feedback on potential use and capacity in NRCS, SWCDs, DNR and related NGO programs. We have a follow up meeting with Indiana DNR next week on potential use of the spatial analysis for their Healthy Rivers Initiative and SWAP implementation.
On December 15, Gwen will deliver a similar afternoon session for agencies and organizations in Iowa at the request of Kelley Myers' (Iowa DNR & ETPBR Co-chair) at the Des Moines Botanical Garden.
If other states are interested in hosting a similar seminar, please contact Gwen
Urban Monarch Conservation Workshop
Kristin Shaw coordinated a workshop with the Field Museum of Chicago to introduce emerging products from the urban monarch landscape design. Fifty-eight participants from small towns to large cities provided feedback and shared experiences working in urban monarch conservation. Make sure to check the website
on Friday, December 9th for the full workshop report.
Indiana University student Abby Donnelly is setting up a webinar series to start in February that will highlight opportunities to get engaged in the TAGs, as well as recent research products supported by the LCCs. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the next month and please distribute it to staff who may be interested in getting involved.
Staff Capacity for SWAPs and Landscape Design
Next semester, we will have two additional Service Corps graduate students working with us from the Indiana University School for Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA). They are:
- Lower Wabash LCD – McKenna Stahl is a wetlands ecologist who grew up on a farm near Evansville, IN. Over the next semester, her tasks will be to: (a) convene the stakeholder group that has generated their own conservation strategy over the past 18 months; (b) integrate new information from recent Indiana University capstone projects; and (c) develop a proposal for a longer-term coordinator to facilitate strategic implementation in that watershed, using the Gulf hypoxia tools as a foundation.
- Midwest SWAP Coordination – Lauren Salvato has experience in water resources, agriculture and science translation. She will be carrying on the work Brad Potter (UMGL) has begun with SWAP coordinators to develop a region-wide approach on the themes of pollinators, grasslands and freshwater mussels. This also gives us capacity to start exploring the potential for a larger state-driven Midwest conservation adaptation strategy within the Gulf hypoxia context.