Connect with land managers, ecologists, and other experts from around the region as we tour several managed natural areas and restoration sites and learn about the various components of the Arkansas Native Seed Program, a statewide, multi-organization partnership working to develop commercially available ecoregional-genotype seed resources. Participants will see how this program uses volunteers to collect seeds from remnant natural areas, partners with private industry to propagate plants, and works with local farmers who multiply seeds in propagation fields and sell them on the open market. Along the way we will discuss important considerations for pollinators in our management of natural areas. Field trip sites will include:
- The Camp Robinson Special Use Area, a complex of high quality woodlands, savannas, and prairies with a 70+ year history of prescribed fire
- Barnhill Farms, a producer for the Native Seed Program
- Remnant and restored prairies on natural areas in the Grand Prairie Ecoregion
- The Lake Maumelle Wildlife Management Area
- Sites in the Ouachita National Forest.
We will also tour a farm producing seed as part of the Native Seed Program. Participants will meet and interact with experts from around the region and explore a number of interesting habitats in the Ouachita Mountains and Mississippi Alluvial Plain including tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, and oak and shortleaf pine-oak woodlands.
This workshop is geared towards practitioners who are managing similar systems in this region.
The cost it $65 for NAA members and $85 for non-members and includes lunch both days.
NAA’s goal is to create an opportunity for practitioners to come together as a community, support each other and share tested methodologies and expertise – as well as challenges - in a collaborative atmosphere.
Location: Camp Robinson Special Use Area, 331 Clinton Road, Conway, AR 72032
Registration ends on May 1, 2019