Oct 6

October 6, 2017: Grow Native! Workshop: Restoration of Oak-Hickory Woodland & Bush Honeysuckle Management

Shaw Nature Reserve
Gray Summit Missouri,

Restoration of Oak-Hickory Woodland and Bush Honeysuckle Management at Shaw Nature Reserve

Friday, October 6, 2017
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

4.5 CEUs available for Landscape Architects

On Hwy 100, just west of the I-44 and Hwy. 100 interchange
Gray Summit, MO 63039
Phone: 636-451-3512
Carriage House (behind Bascom Manor House): Enter via main entrance and you will be directed to the Carriage House.


Cost, including morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks:
$40 – Missouri Prairie Foundation/ Grow Native! member
$50 – Non-member

Registration Deadline: September 26



8:30 – Registration and coffee (at Shaw Nature Reserve Carriage House) and visit exhibitors
Coffee and bagels provided by DJM Ecological Services

9:00 – Welcome and introductions

9:15 – Dr. Quinn Long, Director, Shaw Nature Reserve: IMLS Woodland Restoration Project and Demonstration Area
• An overview of Ecological Restoration at the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant objectives for the woodland, land-use history, and restoration strategy.

10:00 – Gus Raeker, Forestry District Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation: Woodland Canopy Thinning Techniques and Considerations
• Discussion of why and how much to thin woodland canopies, options for how to complete this work, and other considerations to help ensure the success of your restoration project.

10:45 – Break and visit exhibitors

11:00 – Doug Ladd, retired Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy: Pyromaniacs or Ecological Saviors? Prescribed Fire in Woodlands
• Exploration of the role of fire in Missouri woodlands through time, and what this means for land managers and restorationists.

11:45 – Dr. James Trager, Biologist, Shaw Nature Reserve: Woodland Insect and Plant Relationships
• A review of the impacts of fire on arthropods, especially insects, as related to their ecological characteristics, with implications for fire management of woodlands.

12:30 – Lunch

1:15 – Ryan Diener, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist II, Quail Forever: Prescribed Burn Associations & Cost-Share for Private Lands
• Learn how to get help, equipment, and funding to complete woodland restoration on your property.

2:00 – Mike Saxton, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Shaw Nature Reserve: Effective Strategies for Invasive Plant Control
• Detailed presentation of how to identify and control common invasive plants in Missouri woodlands.

2:45 – Scott Woodbury, Curator, Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve: West Savanna Woodland Restoration
• This photo essay depicts a woodland restoration that began as a dense patch of bush honeysuckle in an overgrown woodland that could not carry fire and now is a diverse open, grassy woodland that is burned regularly.

3:00 – Break and visit exhibitors: Dessert and drinks provided by Native Landscape Solutions

3:15 – Walking tour of IMLS Woodland and West Savanna Restoration
• Interactive on-site Q&A with speakers.

About the Speakers:

Quinn Long: Quinn Long is the incoming Director of the Shaw Nature Reserve. His career has been dedicated to conservation and restoration throughout the Midwest, Great Plains, and Mid-South, with research interests including fire ecology, invasive species control, and restoration of grasslands and woodlands. He has 20 years of firsthand experience with woodland restoration and private lands conservation on his family property in northwestern Franklin County.

Mike Saxton:
Mike Saxton joined Shaw Nature Reserve in April 2016 as the Ecological Restoration Specialist, the first position at SNR focused solely on land management and restoration. Mike earned a Master’s of Science degree in biological geography from Northern Illinois University and conducted his thesis research on oak savanna restoration. Prior to joining SNR, Mike spent the first seven years of his career working with The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and with Audubon Chicago Region.  

Scott Woodbury: Scott Woodbury is the Manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve, where he has been developing the garden for 26 years. Scott spends much time speaking, writing and consulting throughout the region on native landscape planning. He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked at various public gardens.

Dr. James Trager: Dr. James Trager has worked as biologist/naturalist, instructor, restorationist, and an integral part of the prescribed fire crew at Shaw Nature Reserve since 1991. After completion of his Ph. D., Dr. Trager worked as a research entomologist studying taxonomy and community ecology of ants through 1990.

In his years at Shaw Nature Reserve, James has maintained his interest in insects, their ecology, and the relationship of insects inhabiting natural communities to the fire ecology of those communities.

Gus Raeker: Gus Raeker has been with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 18 years. He currently serves as Forestry District Supervisor in St. Louis, Franklin, Washington, and Crawford Counties – managing about 30,000 acres of public land and working with private forest landowners. Prior to that, he spent two years developing Missouri’s Forest Action Plan, and eight years as a Resource Forester in Warrenton. Gus has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Missouri and an M.S. in Natural Resources Leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Stephens Point. He lives in Washington, MO with his wife and three kids.

Douglas Ladd: Douglas Ladd is Conservation Biologist for The Nature Conservancy in Missouri.    He has been involved with fire management and fire ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research for more than thirty-five years, with emphasis on vegetation, ecological restoration and fire ecology.  A federally certified prescribed fire leader, he has led hundreds of successful ecological burns and taught fire training courses in the United States and Central America.

Casey Bergthold: Casey earned his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri in 2006 and received a MS in Biology from Tennessee Technological University in 2008. He has worked for Pheasants Forever, Inc & Quail Forever since 2011 and actively manages the woodlands and grasslands on his own property. He was intimately involved in the formation of four of Missouri’s prescribed burn associations and works on a daily basis to connect private landowners with appropriate federal, state and local conservation assistance programs.