Registration is now open for the first Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop.


Registration is now open for the first Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00am – 2:45pm at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, IL. The workshop will include numerous speakers with expertise on different aspects of landowner conservation, offering an opportunity for local land managers and landowners to learn, make connections, and ask questions. Full event agenda below

Topics include native plants, pollinator habitat, oak regeneration, pasture productivity, wetland restoration, and more!

Registration is $20 and lunch is included.

Please register online at

For more information, call the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center at 618-695-3383 or email Chris Evans at

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Program Agenda:

9-9:30 – Registration

9:30-9:35 – Welcome

9:35-10:20 Native Plants of Southern Illinois, Chris Benda, INPS

10:25-11:10 – Breakout Session 1

Track A: Providing Pollinator Habitat, Casey Bryan, USFWS and Margaret Anderson, NRCS
Track B: Managing Your Land for Turkeys and Deer, Matt Weegman, NWTF

11:15-12:00 – Breakout Session 2

Track A: Invasive Species ID and Control, Erin Medvecz, UIUC and Nick Seaton, River to River CWMA
Track B: Soil Health: An Ecological Perspective, Drew Scott, SIU

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-1:45 – Breakout Session 3

Track A: The Oak Regeneration Process, Mike Long, Long Forestry
Track B: Maximizing Pasture Productivity and Utilizing Cover Crops as Forage, Talon Becker, UIUC

1:50-2:35 – Breakout Session 4

Track A: Wetland Restoration Techniques, Nick George, USFWS
Track B: Prescribed Fire: Current Concerns, Timeless Techniques, Jesse Riechman, SIPBA