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2021 Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop

The fourth annual Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop is back as an in-person workshop at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, IL. This workshop brings together professionals with expertise on different aspects of landowner conservation to offer an opportunity for local land managers and landowners to learn, make connections, and ask questions. 

The registration fee for the event is $20.  Lunch will be provided (Roast beef sandwiches, spinach/strawberry salad, pasta salad, dessert, drinks. Coffee provided in the morning).

Concurrent session topics include native and invasive woodland plant identification and management, how to take care of tree plantings, preparing your land for a burn, erosion control in agricultural lands, bats of southern Illinois, and the latest research on ticks. This year’s workshop includes a panel of landowners sharing their experiences converting lawns and/or old agricultural fields into pollinator habitat.

Event speakers include

  • Ryan Pankau, Chris Evans, Talon Becker, Kevin Rohling, and Holly Tuten (University of Illinois)
  • Christina Feng (Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
  • Jen Behnken (Missouri Department of Conservation)
  • Mark Vukovich (Shawnee National Forest)
  • Nick Seaton (River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area)
  • Anne Parmley (Illinois Master Naturalist)


If you need reasonable accommodations to attend this program, please contact Erin Garrett at emedvecz@illinois.edu or 618-524-2270. 

*Please note that we will be following the current COVID-19 policies at the time of the event.*