WakeNature offering Open Lands Workshop: Stewardship Between the Trees

Open Lands Workshop: Stewardship Between the Trees

A Workshop on Managing Fields, Meadows, Prairies, Early Successional Habitat & Other Open Areas

When: November 1, 2013

Where: The Cottage, Anderson Point Park, Raleigh NC

Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Our Piedmont parks and protected areas are home to small and large swaths of “open” lands. Many of these lands are remnants of old fields and pastures; others are kept open through natural processes; and some have been created to attract specific wildlife, establish scenic vistas, or provide open play areas.

These areas play a large role in the health of the overall landscape, and through management can provide important habitat for native plants and animals.

This FREE workshop is focused on providing parks and land managers with objectives and strategies for managing these open areas. We will cover “what” these habitat communities entail, “why” they are important components of the Piedmont landscape, and “how” land managers can incorporate various techniques to establish and manage these habitats.

Speakers will include Michael Schafale of the NC Natural Heritage Program, Chris Matthews of Mecklenburg County Parks, Jeff Marcus of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Jimmy Dodson of the NC Division of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Program. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned from managing these habitats and explore local examples.

For more information about the workshop and to register please visit:

http://wakenature.wikispaces.com/OpenLandsWorkshop.2013.11.01

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