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Itinerary subject to slight modification. 


Pre-Symposium Breakfast

8:00 - 8:50

Welcoming Statements 

9:00 - 9:10

Speaker Session 1


Dwayne Estes (Botanical Research Institute of Texas & Austin Peay State University) Introduction to the Grasslands of the Mid-South
9:40-10:30 Alyssa Nyberg (The Nature Conservancy of Indiana) Kankakee Sands, the marvels and mistakes of a restoration 19 years in the making
10:30-10:50 Theo Witsell (Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission) "Diamonds in the coal bin: the importance of small, high-quality remnants to large-scale grassland restoration"
10:50-11:10 Paul Nelson (Central Hardwoods Joint Venture) "The Central Hardwoods Joint Venture Glade Conservation Assessment and Glade Inventory"
11:10-11:30 Allison Vaughn (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) "Emulating natural disturbance factors: 33 Years of ecosystem restoration in Missouri state parks"


11:30 - 12:30

Speaker Session 2


John Seymour (Roundstone Native Seed) **Title coming soon**


Joe Woolbright (Ozark Ecological Restoration, Inc.) In need of TLC: tried and tested methods of managing and restoring small prairies"
1:10-1:30 Jeff Matthews (University of Illinois) “Defining targets and anticipating outcomes for prairie wetland restoration”
1:30-1:50 Mark Masteller (Iowa Department of Transportation) "Iowa's interstate prairies, leading the nation in restoration of grasslands along transportation corridors"
1:50-2:10 John Barone (Columbus State University) and Jovonn Hill (Mississippi State University) Black Belt Prairies: Biodiversity, Ecology and Restoration


2:10 - 2:40

Speaker Session 3 


Mike Black (Shortleaf Pine Initiative) "The Role of Shortleaf Pine in Savanna and Woodland Management"
3:00-3:20 Clarence Coffey (Shortleaf Pine Initiative and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, ret.) "Observations by early settlers provides evidence of grasslands on the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau"
3:20-3:40 Andy Vander Yacht (Center for Native Grasslands Management, The University of Tennessee) “Restoration of shortleaf pine-oak savanna at  Catoosa Wildlife Management Area on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee"
3:40-4:00 Paul Gagnon (Murray State University) Lessons for canebrake restoration from historical accounts and from disturbance ecology experiments
4:00-4:20 Pat Keyser (Center for Native Grasslands Management, The University of Tennessee) “Restoration of grasslands on working landscapes: pieces, parts, and process”
4:20-4:40 Craig Harper (The University of Tennessee) **title coming soon**
4:40-5:00 John Cain Carter (Alianca da Terra) "Against the tide, frontier conservation"

Poster Session & Pre-Dinner Social

5:00 - 6:00


6:00 - 6:45

Keynote Address 


Reed Noss (University of Central Florida)                        

"Natural history, ecology, and evolution can tell us how to protect, restore, and manage our grasslands"

Day 2

Speaker Session 1 


Julian Campbell (Bluegrass Woodland Restoration Center)

"The Pennyroyal Region: New Hope for a Lost World" 

8:20-8:40 Michael Homoya (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) "An Overview of Naturally Occurring Grasslands in the Interior Low Plateaus of Indiana"

Brian Yahn (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission) 

"Kentucky’s Vanishing Grasslands: Significant Remnants Without Conservation Protection"
9:00-9:20 Edward W. Chester (Austin Peay State University, ret.) "Cultural History and Summary of Research on the Barrens at Fort Campbell Military Reservation, Kentucky and Tennessee"

Martina Hines (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission)

"An overview of the grassland-associated wetlands of the Pennyroyal Plain and adjacent ecoregions"

Break (9:40 - 10:10) 

Speaker Session 2 


Tara Littlefield (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission)

"The rarest plants in Kentucky’s glades, barrens and prairies: current status and conversation measures" 

10:30-10:50 Joyce Bender (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission) "Managing the 'Middle Ground'–Pyne’s 'fire-catalyzed patches' in Kentucky"

John Rissler (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)

"NRCS conservation programs for grassland restoration on private lands"
11:10-11:30 Mike Berkeley (Growild) "Using native plants to create backyard prairies and urban grasslands"

Jennifer Ceska (Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance)

"The underutilized role of volunteers in grassland conservation and restoration"
11:50-12:00 Dwayne Estes Concluding Remarks

Fieldtrip to Fort Campbell Army Base (12:00 - 5:30)

Evening Mixer at Dunbar Cave State Park (5:30 - 10:30)

Day 3


8:00 - 10:30 -- Field trip to Raymond Athey Barrens and Baker Natural Area, Russellville, KY

10:30-12:00 -- Field trip to Mammoth Cave National Park to see barrens restoration project

12:00 - 4:30 -- Field trip to Roundstone Native Seed's farm, Munfordville, KY