Best Practices for Pollinators in the Real World Summit. 
for Minnesota Counties, Municipalities, Leaders

Date:  March 9, 2017 | Time: 8:00 AM to Noon | Place: Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stasson Lane, West St. Paul

Are you ready for 2017? Public concern over pollinator decline is on the rise, and justifiably so.  Both native bees and honey bees are struggling, putting natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. Governor Dayton’s 2016 Executive Order to restore pollinator health will affect local, county and state land management practices.  The Best Practices for Pollinators Summit will provide resources and innovative ideas for leaders in developing best practices. 

Who should attend:  Public Works and Parks Directors, Managers and Lead Workers, Environmental & Parks Commissions, Road Maintenance Managers & Supervisors, Parks & Trails Managers & Supervisors, County Commissioners, City Council, City and County Planners, Local and State Policymakers.

Limited seating. Registration includes refreshments and materials. Certificate of completion available to participants day of the summit.

•DIVERSITY, BIOLOGY and RESOURCE CONCERNS of MINNESOTA POLLINATORS. Spotlight on two at-risk species, the rusty patched bumble bee and monarch. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Society



•WHAT IS INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) & WHAT IS PESTICIDE FREE? Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Society & Russ Henry, New Land

•PUTTING INTO PRACTICE. INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT APPROACHES. Dan MacSwain-Washington County Parks on IPM and Innovative Management Approaches; Meghan Manhatton-Dakota County Parks on Monitoring; Russ Henry-New Land on Soil Health for Better Management; Jamison Scholer-MN Dept. of Agriculture on Executive Order for Pollinator Protection Update; Lori Cox-Roots Return Heritage Farm on Working Together & Farmer Successes.

•MANAGEMENT OF COMMON INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES. Tara Kelly, Landscape Restoration Specialist, Washington Conservation District.


•RESOURCE TABLES OPEN:  Experts and Resources.

Sponsors:  Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Stantec, Food Building.

Endorsing Organizations: Washington County Pollinator Consortium, Washington County & Ramsey County Conservation Districts, Dakota County Parks, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Xerces Society, Board of Water & Soil Resources BWSR, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Pesticide Action Network.

Summit Presenters:

SARAH FOLTZ JORDAN, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society. Sarah leads Xerces' Midwest native bee and monarch habitat restoration projects, working with farmers & land managers to identify and address pollinator resource concerns. Sarah also leads Xerces' Midwest pollinator outreach efforts, engaging and motivating a diversity of farmers and citizens to take action for pollinators. She has recently authored several new pollinator conservation resources, including a monitoring guide for native bees in the Upper Midwest, and a habitat installation guide focused on organic (non-herbicide) site prep methods. Sarah is a member of Governor Dayton's Committee on Pollinator Protection.  

RUSS HENRY, New Land Founder of Giving Tree Gardens, an organic environmental services company that focuses on rebuilding local ecosystems while growing beautiful landscapes including soil health, composting, rain gardens, butterfly gardens, pollinator friendly landscapes, shoreline restoration, organic lawn care, and landscape design. Russ is currently working in development of New Land a business which performs soil health consulting for area farmers and growers.

LEX HORAN, Midwest Organizer with Pesticide Action NetworkLex works along side communities harmed by pesticides to reclaim the future of food and farming from the pesticide and biotech corporations. Lex is a member of Governor Dayton’s Committee on Pollinator Protection.

TARA KELLY, Washington Conservation District. The Conservation District works to enhance, protect and preserve the natural resources through conservation projects, technical guidance and educational services to citizens and local government. For over 10 years, Kelly has worked with NGO’s and government agencies in the St. Croix River Valley. As a Landscape Restoration Specialist with Washington Conservation District, her focus is on restoring native landscapes and improving sustainability of working lands. Tara received her B.S. in Botany and M.S. in Land Resources, from U of Wisconsin-Madison.

DAN MACSWAIN, Natural Resources Coordinator, Washington County Parks.  MacSwain’s background is in environment science and natural resources including practical experience ranging from farming to scientific-based ecology at the DNR and Parks. Dan oversees management of 4100 acres of Washington Parks and is involved with roadside vegetation management. Dan is a member of Governor Dayton’s Committee on Pollinator Protection.

MEGHAN MANHATTON, Natural Resources Specialist, Dakota County Parks. Dakota County Parks enriches lives by providing high quality recreation and education opportunities in harmony with natural resource preservation and stewardship. The Natural Resources team manages 4,700 acres of natural area and is currently implementing over $2 million in natural resource restoration projects on 800 acres throughout the system.

LAURIE SCHNEIDER, Co-Executive Director of Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Schneider is the Founder of the Pollinator Friendly Alliance, a leading grassroots pollinator conservation organization working with Minnesota communities to help restore and protect pollinators.

JAMISON SCHOLER, Research Scientist, MN Dept. of Agriculture.  Jamison received a Master’s in Entomology from the U of Minnesota. As a Research Scientist, he is tasked with evaluating specific concerns regarding pesticides registered in the state including federal risk assessments and primary literature for new pesticide active ingredients or uses, creating summaries of pesticides projected use and environmental fate, in addition to translating scientific information into a usable form for the public, regulators and policy-makers.

DAN SHAW, Senior Ecologist/Vegetation Specialist at Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).  BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency and administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Dan is part of Minnesota’s Interagency Pollinator Protection Team and leads BWSR’s Pollinator Initiative.

STEVE THOMFORDE, Ecologist.  Steve has designed and implemented over 8000 acres of restoration. His research (UW-Madison) reveals intricate feedbacks between herbivores, nutrient availability, and floral configurations. This information has led to the development of a "Working Lands Model" to achieve more diverse and functional restorations. His contributions to restoration include haying prairie to maximize floral diversity, viewing herbivory as the keystone grassland process, implementing multiple seed rains, and linking invasion to excessive nutrient loads. His current focus is on "Terrestrial Eutrophication and Afforestation" (TEA) as a significant threat to ecological integrity.