Shoreline and Shallows Conference to
Highlight Shoreline Restoration and Habitats

Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The third annual Shoreline and Shallows Conference, a program of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP), will be presented Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.  Titled “Natural Shorelines and the Habitat Connection,” the conference will highlight lake shore habitats, shoreline restoration and habitat improvement, as well as wave energy in relation to plant selection.

Featured speakers will be Bob Kirschner, Director of Restoration Ecology at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Michael Meyer, Research Scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Dennis Albert, Landscape and Wetlands Ecologist formerly with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory and now at Oregon State University. Jim Brueck, Certified Natural Shoreline Professional and owner of Native Lakescapes, LLC will share case studies about balancing native plant selection and design with fluctuating lake levels and aesthetics, and Jane Herbert with MSU Extension will discuss the current status of the Natural Shoreline Demonstration Sites that have been installed as part of the Certified Natural Shoreline program.

The cost to attend is $35, which includes lunch and coffee breaks. Three Certified Natural Shoreline Professional continuing education units will be available for attending this conference.  The conference co-sponsors along with the MNSP include the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division; Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University; MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute; Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., and the Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society.

For more information, contact Lois Wolfson, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University at wolfson1@msu.edu, 517-353-9222. Additional information and registration is now available at www.mishorelinepartnership.org.

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