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GLIN==> Lake Superior conference announcement

Posted on behalf of Larry Wiland <LWiland@northland.edu>

Combined Conferences Bring Natural Resources Managers to Ashland

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center will host resource managers and
researchers from all over the Lake Superior region next week when the Lake
Superior National Parks Research Conference and Chequamegon Bay Area Natural
Resources Conference come to Ashland on March 15 and 16.  Presentations by
faculty and students from Northland College, Michigan Technological
University, and the University of Wisconsin are scheduled as well as talks
by staff from the Bad River Natural Resources Department, National Park
Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Chapter
of The Nature Conservancy.

The Lake Superior National Parks Research Conference began in 1979 as the
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Research Conference.  It was expanded to
include all of the National Park units within the Lake Superior basin in
1993 and has become an annual tradition to share information from the latest
research and monitoring in the federal parks.  The meeting location
circulates to a different park each year.

The Chequamegon Bay Conference is a semi-annual gathering of state, federal,
and tribal agencies that began in 1997.  Because this fourth Chequamegon Bay
meeting coincides with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's hosting of
the Lake Superior Parks Conference, the sessions have been combined with the
result being a well-rounded agenda both in topics and speakers.  Topics
range from rare plants, old-growth and edge effects to colonial waterbirds,
preserving a historic lodge, exotic fish, the Lake Superior Binational
Program, ecoregional planning, and mercury in rocks, soils, lakes, loons,
and otters.

Wednesday's meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day, with
the last presentation ending at 4:30 p.m..  Thursday's session runs from
8:30 a.m. until noon.  There is no
registration fee for the conference, and the meetings are open to the
public.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about what work is being
conducted around the Bay and across the lake is encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Conference, contact Julie Van Stappen at
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (715/779-3397, ext. 211) or Ted Gostomski
at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (715/682-1220).

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