The Grassland Manager’s Toolbox field trip will provide basic training in grassland management concepts and techniques, allowing participants to experience hands-on instruction in weed control, prescribed fire, and re-seeding. Grasslands in North America go by many names, depending on the local environmental factors, land use history, and management objectives. Depending on your career goals and where you find employment, you may be responsible for managing rangelands, remnant prairies, planted prairies, old fields, or pasture. This workshop will provide a mix of classroom and field instruction in grassland sampling and management techniques that can be applied to any grassland, though local conditions, species, and management objectives will vary. Presentations will cover grassland ecology and management, including grazing, fire, woody species control, and re-seeding. The outdoor components of this workshop will take place in Brecksville Prairie, a reconstructed tallgrass prairie planted in the 1980s and maintained as a grassland through frequent burning. Participants will get hands-on practice in grassland sampling techniques, and field instruction will also include demonstration of equipment used for prescribed fire, herbicide treatment, and seeding. Partners for this adventure include Cleveland Metroparks and the Ohio Prescribed Fire Council, and is sponsored by TWS Rangelands Working Group, the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium, and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange.
Organizers: Bill Vodehnal, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Bassett, NE; Megan Clayton, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, Corpus Christi, TX; Carol Baldwin, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Manhattan, KS; Craig Maier, Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah Fire Science Consortium, Madison, WI; Erik Shaffer, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, OH
Supported by: TWS Rangeland Wildlife Working Group; Great Plains Fire Science Exchange; Tallgrass Prairie adn Oak Savannah Fire Science Consortium