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Steward of the Land Seminar: “Recognizing Your Ecosystem’s Health”

Sponsored by: Valley Stewardship Network and the Round River Institute LLC.

Want to learn how to evaluate the vitality of the ecosystem on your land?

Then don’t miss the rare opportunity to join internationally known restoration ecologist Steve Apfelbaum , author of the acclaimed book “Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm” and co-author of “Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land”, when he conducts the hands-on seminar “Recognizing Your Ecosystem’s Health” Saturday, August 21 at Round River Institute, Romance, WI.

Co-sponsored by Valley Stewardship Network and Round River as a signature community

outreach event, the seminar will feature a presentation followed by a field demonstration of

signs of health and balance with a chance to ask specific questions of Steven and his

colleagues. From prairies to wetlands to woodlands, the Round River Institute’s property

has nearly every ecosystem type found in Wisconsin.

Apfelbaum, Senior and Principal Ecologist of Applied Ecological Systems in Broadhead, WI,

is a much sought after speaker at educational events focusing on ecological restoration,

ecosystem assessment, and conservation development and is noted for providing broadranging

technical restoration advice and win-win solutions where ecological and land

development conflicts arise.

Many years ago Apfelbaum was inspired by Aldo Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac”, and

founded Stone Prairie Farm on 80 acres in Southern Wisconsin, where he lived simply and

became deeply involved with his land. His book “Nature’s Second Chance” recounts a 30-year adventure

of restoring the farm to prairie, as he befriended neighbors and inspired the local

community to consider a more ecologically friendly and spiritually satisfying relationship

with the land.

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is a practical guidebook to give restorationists, and

would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background, “how to”

information and knowledge to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The

book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and

refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes

and ecosystems.

Two sessions of the 3-hour seminar will be offered; one from 9 a.m. to noon and the other

from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost of the half-day seminar is $25 per person. Space is limited in order to

provide an optimum learning environment for participants. Round River Institute is located

on Newton Valley Road near Romance, WI. For more information and to reserve a place in

the seminar, contact Valley Stewardship Network at (608) 637-3615. All proceeds to

benefit the environmental restoration and protection work of the Valley Stewardship Netwrok.

How to register:

Click here for a registration form you can print and mail
or register by phone at at (608) 483-2730