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
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