Evansville Hosting Native Grass Symposium August 29-31

This just in from the USDA…and our own Ellen Jacquart (INPAWS Invasives Education Team) will be speaking…

Indiana will be the host of the Eastern Native Grass Symposium (ENGS) for the very first time this year.  We have some excellent speakers lined up to talk about utilizing and managing native forbs, pollinators, and grasses here in Indiana.  The ENGS will be August 29-31st, 2016 at the Tropicana at Evansville, Indiana.  

Registrations are being accepted two ways – by paying online through Eventbrite or by mail with an Eventbrite ticket. Follow the link to register:


Eastern Native Grass Symposium Public Group on Facebook: 


Hotel registration can be made by calling 1-800-544-0120 and using group code: GEGGSYM.  This block of rooms has been set aside for Monday-Tuesday night on a first come first serve basis if needed.  The symposium rate is $89 per night and reservations need to be made by July 29th.

Victor R. Shelton
State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Indianapolis, Indiana
Phone:  317-295-5895
Cell:  317-341-3065


10th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
August 29 – 31, 2016
Tropicana, Evansville, Indiana
*all times central*
10:00am – 12:30pm Registration & Hotel check-in Registration to take place top of escalators
12:00pm – 5:00pm Vendor Row open
1:00pm – 2:30pm Welcome & Introduction (Everything in the Walnut A & B rooms)
followed by
Ray Archuleta -“Improving Soil Health with Native Forages”
2:30pm – 3:00pm Break – visit with vendors / snacks provided
3:00pm – 4:30pm Landscaping with Natives
Ellen Jacquart – “Strategies for Addressing Invasive Plants in Restorations”
Warm Season Grasses as Forage
Steve Clubine – “Utilizing Native Warm Season Grasses for Grazing”
4:30pm – 4:45pm Break
4:45pm – 5:30 Burning for Management
Chuck Stanley – “Burning as a Management Tool”
5:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner on your own & hotel room check-in – over six restaurants on site to choose from!
7:30pm – 9:00pm Symposium Summer Social – come mingle with fellow enthusiasts at the cash bar
7:00am – 9:00am Registration (Registration to take place top of escalators)
7:00am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast (sponsored)
7:00am – 6:00pm Vendor Row – stop by and visit with vendors!
9:00am – 9:45am Dr. Pat Keyser – “A Place for Warm Season Grasses”
9:45am – 10:15am Jef Hodges – “Natives First” and Q&A for Keyser and Hodges
10:15am – 10:45am Break – visit with vendors
10:45am – 11:30am Ted Anchor and Tony Capizzo – “Kankakee TNC Bison Project”
11:30am – 12:30pm Networking Buffet Lunch
12:00pm – 12:15pm Meal presentation – Jef Hodges – “National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative”
12:30pm – 2:00pm Pollinators
John Foster – “The Art of Using Pollinators”
Dr. Cris Hochwender –”Sustaining Insect Wildlife by Enhancing Native Plant Diversity”
2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:45pm Wildlife
Dave Howell – “Improving Older Native Grass and Forb Stands for Wildlife”
Glades/Savannas Woodlands
John Shuey – “Oak Savannas – Restoration and Management”
3:45pm – 4:15pm Break – visit with vendors / snacks
4:15pm – 5:00pm Dr. Stephen Ball – “What is Natural? An archaeologist’s perspective.”
5:00pm – 5:15pm Break
5:15pm – 6:00pm Successful Restoration
Kevin Tungesvick – “Establishing a Forb-rich Prairie Planting”
6:30pm Casual BBQ Dinner & Cash Bar
7:00am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast
8:30am Board busses for tours
8:30am – 12:00pm Tours (depart from First Street Entrance – meet in Conference Lobby)
1. Grazing & Wildlife Tour (Jeff McGuire, Dave Howell, Victor Shelton moderator)
2. Patoka Fish & Wildlife Refuge Tour (Heath Hamilton, Brian Kruse Moderator)
3. Angel Mounds/Pollinators/WSG/GreenRoof (Stephen Ball, John Foster, Mark Cambron Moderator)
12:00pm Dismiss for home as busses arrive back to Tropicana


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