Learn about native plants and water quality from a panel of professionals, Ronda Burnett, Dale Blevins, and Dr. Lisa Shulte Moore, as they break down the steps all of us can take to keep watersheds healthy. The webinar will begin with Stream Teams United’s new educational video, and the panelists, moderated by Stream Teams United Executive Director Mary Culler, will break down how native plants play an important role in clean water for all Missourians.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will be 45 minutes including a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
Moderator: Mary Culler, Stream Teams United
Mary has a B.S. in biology from Southwest Missouri State University and a M.S. in environmental science from Iowa State University. Mary worked for the state of Missouri for 11 years, first with the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Fisheries Management Biologist in Springfield, and as a watershed and community assistance coordinator for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Northeast Region in Macon. In 2018 she became the executive director of Stream Teams United. Mary has been a Stream Team member for over 10 years and is a member of Stream Team 3184.
Panelist: Ronda Burnett, Missouri Department of Conservation
Ronda Burnett has been a Community Conservation Planner with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2005. She helps communities connect to nature and enjoy the enhanced quality of life made possible by healthy fish, forest, and wildlife resources. She currently serves as the Chair of the Grow Native! committee. Ronda holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Master of Urban, Environmental, and Land Use Planning from the University of Kansas.
Panelist: Dale Blevins, USGS Hydrologist Emeritus and MPF Immediate Past President
Dale Blevins has a B.S. in physical geography, an M.S. in watershed management, and additional graduate work in fish and wildlife at the University of Missouri. He worked 31 years for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a hydrologist and supervisory hydrologist, mostly in Missouri. Blevins manages about 1,100 acres of farm land, some of which has been converted to native grasses and forbs. He is a past president of MPF and has been on the board of directors for over 10 years. Dale’s interests include water-quality of prairie streams, wet (wetland) prairies and restoration of native landscapes.
Panelist: Dr. Lisa Shulte Moore, Iowa State University
Lisa Schulte Moore is a professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of agriculture, ecology, forestry and human-landscape interactions. Her research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to support new markets and to meet societal goals for clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife and inspiring recreational opportunities. Dr. Schulte Moore lives in Ames, Iowa, with her husband and two sons, and also spends time at their family farm near Strum, Wisconsin.