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December ETPBR LCC Steering Committee Meeting and Activity Update.
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ETPBR Steering Committee and Colleagues,

Thanks to everyone for participating in the joint fall meeting between the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LCC and the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes LCC in Minneapolis. 

Please go online HERE to retrieve and share our meeting notes, which open with a 2-page summary of action items. 

Since the meeting, we've taken steps to make progress on focal areas and initiatives. See the brief update below and contact us if you would like more detail about any of the projects or topics.

We hope to catch up in the New Year with news about our next coordinator and preparation for the spring meeting. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

-Gwen

Steering Committee members visiting Minnesota Valley National Urban Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, MN.
Photo Credit: Gwen White, USFWS

What your ETPBR LCC Staff has been up to: 

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, 812-212-7455.

 

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.



TAG Webinars 

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.
ETPBR Coordinator - We all wish Glen a very happy retirement at Lake Lemon and anticipate a smooth transition to a new coordinator in the near future.

Congratulations! - Jorgen Rose will be graduating from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs this December with a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Affairs. He will be starting his career with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a Federal Aid Coordinator in January.
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