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Red Cedar Watershed Conference Keynote Judith Schwartz

2021 LAND Opening Keynote: The Art and Practice of Earth Repair; Stories from Around the World

Judith Schwartz, Author and journalist whose work explores nature-based solutions to global environmental and economic challenges. She is the author of Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight.

LAND Keynote Description
The Art and Practice of Earth Repair; Stories from Around the World

Description coming soon.

Judith Schwartz Biography

Judith Schwartz biography coming soon.

Adam Reimer
Red Cedar Watershed Conference Keynote Adam Reimer

2021 WATER Lunch Keynote: Charting a Path for a Socially Regenerative Agriculture

Adam Reimer, PhD
National Wildlife Federation

WATER Keynote Description
Charting a Path for a Socially Regenerative Agriculture

Tackling the water quality and conservation challenges in agriculture requires technical and economic knowledge and tools, but cannot stop there. A vibrant and resilient agricultural sector relies on an acknowledgement of the economic, social, and cultural components of farming and rural communities. A truly sustainable, regenerative food system will not only focus on the practices that build soil health and provide agronomic resilience, but also invest in the people and communities managing those systems. This work will require changes to the underlying economic, market, and policy structures that drive landscape and farm-scale decisions, as well as building a stronger sense of purpose and community in agricultural communities. Leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of what has worked, and not worked, in agricultural conservation, this talk will lay out a vision of what a socially regenerative agriculture would look like in Wisconsin and the broader global food system.

Adam Reimer Biography

Adam Reimer is a conservation outreach specialist at the National Wildlife Federation. After background training in wildlife ecology and management, he went on to establish himself as a leader in research on agricultural conservation decision-making at Purdue University and Michigan State University. With over 20 peer-reviewed publications, Adam’s research has focused on farmer decisions to adopt key conservation practices, including no-till, cover crops, field buffers, and nutrient management practices. He brings his experience in conservation behavior change to support the National Wildlife Federation’s sustainable agriculture and outreach programs, providing expertise in evaluating behavior change impacts of these programs. In addition to his research background, Adam held a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center in 2012, where he explored emerging rural policy issues, including water management and conservation policy. Adam has a B.S. in wildlife from Purdue University, an M.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in natural resources social science from Purdue University.

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Red Cedar Watershed Conference Keynote Tia Nelson

2021 PEOPLE Closing Keynote: United, We Can Solve This

Tia Nelson, Managing Director of Climate
Outrider, Madison, Wisconsin

PEOPLE Keynote Description
United, We Can Solve This

Description coming soon.

Tia Nelson Biography

Tia Nelson biography coming soon.

2021 Breakout Presentations

Morning Session Block
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Afternoon Session Block
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

LAND: Two Ways to Look at Working Landscapes; Permaculture D
Two Ways to Look at Working Landscapes; Permaculture Design and Holistic Management

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Presenter: Judith Schwartz

Presenter bio coming soon.

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LAND: Farming Success Stories on the Red Cedar River Basin
Farming Success Stories on the Red Cedar River Basin

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Presenter: Alex Smith
Water Resources Management Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Presenter bio coming soon.

TIME TBD

WATER: The Red Cedar Basin Assessment; Success Stories from
The Red Cedar Basin Assessment; Success Stories from the Partnerships of  Lake Associations, Land Conservation Departments, The DNR and Businesses

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Presenter: Alex Smith
Water Resources Management Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Presenter bio coming soon.

Rod Olson

Presenter: Rod Olson
Barron County Historical Activist
Rice Lake, Wisconsin

For 35 years Rod Olson worked as a family and emergency medicine physician in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He grew up on a farm in central Minnesota, married and raised two boys on Desair Lake. For 26 years, working with neighbors and the DNR, he developed innovative ways for water quality improvement. By kayaking the Red Cedar River and its major tributaries, Rod recorded the impact of our lifestyles on the land and water. He is Co-chair of the Red Cedar River Conference and a member of the Red Cedar River Partnership expanding his restoration skills to neighboring lakes and communities.

His latest efforts are to tie historical preservation, art and natural beauty to water stewardship. With a keen interest in local history and geology, he has helped to bring two sculptures to Rice Lake’s Lakeshore Drive. A steel mammoth named “Wooly” to tell the story of Ancient Times and “Trusty Rusty” a draft horse, who represents the arrival of Europeans and the building of Rice Lake. His committee will be working with the Ojibwa to bring the indigenous people’s past history alive along the Red Cedar River. “Knowing what happened along this River is another reason to save it”. 

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WATER: How Rivers Work
How Rivers Work

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Doug Falkner

Presenter: Doug Falkner
Professor, UW-Eau Claire

Presenter bio coming soon.

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PEOPLE: Making Changes in the Watershed one Student at a Tim
Making Changes in the Watershed one Student at a Time, Jarret Creek

8th-grade earth science students in the School District of Menomonie learn about the scientific process by taking part in a real-life science investigation.    For the past 10+ years, the students and staff at Menomonie Middle School have been monitoring the chemistry, streamflow, and biology of  Jarrett Creek, a small tributary to the Red Cedar River in Menomonie.  In the process, the students learn about watershed dynamics, sources of pollution, excess nutrients and algae bloom, and solutions to watershed pollution.  The presentation will summarize the investigation's findings and will include student thoughts and feelings regarding watershed pollution and solutions.

SDMA Students

SDMA Students

Paul Verdon

Presenter: M. Paul Verdon
Science Instructor

School District of the Menomonie Area

M. Paul Verdon has taught Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Menomonie School District for the past 30 years.  Mr. Verdon has served as K-12 Environmental Education Coordinator for the district and has been involved with coordinating Earth Day events and environmental service projects for more than 15 years.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in Earth Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  Mr. Verdon is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys canoeing, fishing, and hunting the Red Cedar River.

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PEOPLE: Eating the Watershed - Building a Local Marketplace
Eating the Watershed - Building a Local Marketplace that Links Consumers & Farmers for Clean Water

This workshop will explore community-based strategies for providing profitable markets for farms that use strong conservation and water quality practices. A conversation about successful models for building a regional marketing collaboration.

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Presenter: Tom Quinn

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