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Friday, March 17 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Resident Stewardship Programs

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Outside the boundaries of public land, a vast landscape of stewardship potential exists on private property.  Explore two programs that involve residents as informed stewards working to restore local landscapes. The Private Land Stewardship Program and Sourland Stewards have complementary approaches encompassing native plant restoration, deer management, invasive species removal, wildlife habitat, water management and more. Presenters from Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and the Sourland Conservancy will discuss promoting nature connection, ecological understanding, community, and stewardship through these two grassroots programs.

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Michael Van Clef

Stewardship Director, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Mike has a Ph.D. in ecology and 25 years of experience working on the stewardship of rare and invasive species, deer management, restorations, ecological health monitoring, and natural resource policy. He leads the Private Lands Stewardship Program (PLSP), regularly visiting participants and providing advice on topics ranging from native plants, deer management and restorations. The program has 125 participants accounting for 2,800 acres... Read More →

Caroline Katmann

Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy
Before becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the Sourland Conservancy in 2013, Caroline worked as a teacher, administrator and education consultant for 32 years.  “Sourland Stewards” began under Caroline’s leadership in 2014 and encompasses a variety of initiatives including hikes, “stewardshops” (practical and collaborative workshops on residents’ properties), habitat restoration projects... Read More →

Jared Rosenbaum

Owner, Wild Ridge Plants, LLC
Jared Rosenbaum is a botanist, native plant grower, and ecological restoration practitioner. He is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, a family business that grows native plants sustainably, from locally collected wild seeds. Jared provides consulting services and teaches classes related to native plant ecology, botany, wild edible and medicinal plants, and ecological restoration. Jared is presenting as the Naturalist Advisor for the... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference Room B Second Floor

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