Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Stewardship Network to host webcast discussing CWMAs.

Join the Stewardship Network during the eastern time zone's lunch hour (11:45am to 1pm EST) on the second Wednesday of each month for a free interactive online discussion and presentation about various topics relating to caring for natural lands and waters.

Wednesday November 12, 2008

Time: 11:45am to 1pm Eastern

"Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA)"

Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) are local organizations that integrate invasive plant management resources across jurisdictional boundaries to benefit entire communities. They allow partners to share and leverage limited resources, raise awareness about invasive plant problems, and provide a mechanism for collaborative problem-solving on both public and private lands. Each one of the Stewardship Network Clusters is a CWMA. Join Kate Howe and Lisa Brush to learn more about how to form a cooperative effort to combat invasives and what the benefits are.

Location: www.stewardshipnetworkwebcast.org (this link becomes live the day of the webcast, until then it will just take you back to the Stewardship Network website.)

Webcast led by the following experts:

Kate Howe- Coordinator, Midwest Invasive Plant Network Kate Howe works for Purdue University as the Coordinator of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN), an organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of invasive plant species in the Midwest. Kate has worked as MIPN Coordinator since January 2005. Her previous jobs include working as Statewide Environmental Biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife, and doing scientific research on the causes and consequences of plant invasions in prairies and forests. She has a M.S. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated the Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program.