2020 Virtual Convention

In this unique time, we are thrilled that there are great ways of linking together across the miles! Come be a part of the dialogue, attend interesting virtual educational sessions, "meet" colleagues from near and far. Join in our incredible community of natural resource advocates, pushing every day to further the mission of Michigan's Conservation Districts.

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Course Details

Day 1 Sessions - Monday 12/14/20
Event Welcome Message
Show Me the Money (Pre-Recorded)
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Making it Happen - Using Volunteers to Further the Work of Your CD
10:30 - 12:00 PM -- Conservation Connections (1.5 hr session)
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Native Grass & Pollinator Plantings from a Forester's Perspective
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Hunter Access Program (HAP) Update: What is the Future?
3:00 - 4:30 PM -- MAEAP Program Update & Database Demo (1.5 hr session)
Day 2 Sessions - Tuesday 12/15/20
CTAI Program Updates (Pre-Recorded)
Cleaning & Sanitizing Concepts for Fresh Produce & Equipment (Pre-Recorded)
Forestry & Climate Change (Pre-Recorded)
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Planning Your CD's Future: Developing a Natural Resource Assessment
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- CTAI Practice Standard Update + Q&A
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Part 1 of 2: System Stressors: High Great Lakes Levels & Record Wetness
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Part 2 of 2 System Stressors: High Great Lakes Levels & Record Wetness – A Conversation
3:00 - 4:00 PM -- Tech Roundtable: Challenges & Opportunities Associated with COVID-19
3:00 - 4:00 PM -- MSUE Manure Management Web-Based Tools
Day 3 Sessions - Wednesday 12/16/20
How to Create Financial Statements for District Managers (Pre-Recorded)
Directors' Roles & Responsibilities (Pre-Recorded)
Livestock Screening Tool & Mapping (Pre-Recorded)
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: How Did COVID Affect Your 2020 Tree Sale?
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Preparing for Spotted Lanternfly
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Part 1 of 2: CTAI Emergency Watershed Program
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Part 2 of 2: CTAI Emergency Watershed Program
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Michigan Septic Code Update
3:00 - 4:00 PM -- We're All Connected By Water
3:00 - 4:00 PM -- How to Create & Read Financial Statements for Managers **Live Q&A**
Day 4 Sessions - Thursday 12/17/20
Water Systems for Fresh Produce Production: Wells, Hydrants & Backflow, Oh My! (Pre-Recorded)
Farm Stress & Suicide Prevention (Pre-Recorded)
Engaging River Raisin Farmers in a Sub-surface Water Monitoring Program: A Look into Applicability, Efficacy, and Need (Pre-Recorded)
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Director Recruitment & Retention
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Operations Manual, Operations Review, & Grant Progress Review Pilot Project Update
10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Fruit & Vegetable Wash Water + Speaker Panel Q&A
1:00 - 2:30 PM -- A Social Conversation for Program Ambassadors (1.5 hr session)
1:00 - 2:00 PM -- CRP Prairie Strip Practices
3:00 - 4:00 PM -- The Endangered Species Act & Ecologically Sustainable Forests
Day 5 Sessions - Friday 12/18/20
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Preserve Where We Conserve: The Vital Role of CDs in Permanent Farmland Protection
9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Healthy Soils State Legislation & Policy + Discussion for Michigan Bill
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM -- Manager Forum: Conclusion & Resources from Monday-Thursday Sessions
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM -- Director Forum
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Quick Guide: Event + Session Descriptions at a Glance **UPDATED 12/15**
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