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Wednesday, January 31 • 10:40am - 11:00am
GENERAL FISHERIES & WILDLIFE: Developing and Sustaining a Lakeshore Habitat Restoration Training for Professionals in Wisconsin, USA

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AUTHORS. Patrick Goggin, Wisconsin Lakes Partnership/UW-Extension Lakes, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

ABSTRACT. The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership embarked on offering a certification program on “Lakeshore habitat restoration training for professionals” in 2014. One-hundred and thirty people have been certified in the program over the first four years as part of Crews 1-4. Participants experienceda two-day classroom session that reviewed state standards and regulations, permitting needs, designing and implementing conservation best practices, strategies for forming partnerships and working effectively with lakefront property owners on projects, and basics of restoring habitat along lakeshores including soils ID, native plant selection, and other site analysis steps. Cost-share funding and grant resources that support lakeshore restoration were featured as well, as were partner profiles, monitoring and maintenance strategies, and a primer on erosion control assessment and techniques. An optional third day of the training involved participation in a field day as part of the North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association-Wisconsin Chapter’s fall field day at the American Excelsior Lab in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Field day participants were taken through assorted field stations that demonstrated erosion control products and allowed attendees to speak with product representatives. Partakers also were shown various bmp’s properly and improperly installed and other habitat restoration techniques in a hands on forum. Future directions of the program include refining the course materials into an online training format, widening participation by business and tribal partners, and bolstering support to practitioners of lakeshore habitat restoration in Wisconsin.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:00am CST