Best Practices for Pollinators in the Real World 
for Minnesota Counties, Municipalities, Leaders, Land Managers, Policymakers

Date tbd:  February, 2018 | Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 pm | Place: tbd

Are you ready for 2018? 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 Executive Order to restore pollinator health affects local, county and state land management practices.  An independent statewide survey found 87% of the public is concerned and wants pollinator protections improved. The Best Practices for Pollinators Summit will provide resources and innovative ideas for leaders to implement pollinator and ecologically sound 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, Legislators.

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

Sample of topics covered. Stay tuned for 2018 topics.

•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

•PESTICIDES AND THEIR IMPACTS ON PEOPLE AND POLLINATORS. 

•STRATEGIES FOR RESTORING & MANAGING HABITAT IN URBAN & RURAL LANDSCAPES.  Steve Thomforde, Ecologist.

•WHAT IS INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) & WHAT IS PESTICIDE FREE? Russ Henry, New Land

•PUTTING INTO PRACTICE. INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT APPROACHES. 

•PRAIRIE RESTORATION without pesticides. Keith Johnson, Horst Farm Project.

•POLLINATOR HABITAT MAPPINGDan Shaw, Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR).

Sponsors:  Pollinator Friendly Alliance, (needed)

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, Governor's Office, Pesticide Action Network.

TBA for 2018 - 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.

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.

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.