Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Save the Hills Alliance: Event on Reclamation

Perspectives on Prairie, Forest, and Farmland
Reclamation, Restoration, and Mitigation

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Veteran’s Center of Menomonie
E4710 Co. Rd. BB, Menomonie, WI
(1 mile North of I-94 on State Hwy. 25)

Speaker, Dan Masterpole, is the County Conservationist and the Dept. Director of the Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Department of Land Conservation & Forest Management. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and graduate degrees in Water Resources Management and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dan will lay out the basic rules and regulations of local and state laws related to reclamation standards.

Our Keynote Speaker, Katherine Denning, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. She has conducted research in the fields of plant conservation, plant evolution, and plant and insect ecology. Kathy will discuss her current work, which focuses on assessing the extent to which tall grass prairie habitat reconstruction can restore communities of native insect pollinators.

Speaker, Katie Himanga, has a degree in forest resources from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Forester. She served as mayor of the City of Lake City, Minnesota, from 2004-2008 and recently served on the Minnesota Silica Sand Rule-Making Advisory Panel. Katie will focus on rehabilitating mining sites, what you need to know about reclamation plans, natural and cultural resources, what to advocate for during the permitting process, and what to watch for once mining is underway. Katie will explain how modern, science-based rehabilitation goes beyond stable and green slopes and considers restoration of ecological function and landscape character.

A question and answer session will follow with the presenters.

This year’s program will be a science-based course on the pros and cons of prairie, forest, and farmland reclamation and restoration.
Presented by: Save The Hills Alliance, Inc. STHA, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable tax-exempt non-profit organization. Our mission is to protect the natural environment and promote the ecologically sound use of land through public awareness, education, and advocacy.