Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy and The Ohio State University, the event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road in Columbus.
The symposium will feature two keynote speakers:
- Dr. Reed Noss will be speaking about the different prairie habitats in unglaciated Ohio and eastern United States. He will talk about the ecology, importance to biodiversity and management of these unique landscapes.
- David Nolin will be speaking about one of Ohio’s best and largest remaining prairies, Huffman Prairie, which is located in southwest Ohio. A state natural landmark, the Five Rivers MetroParks, working with partners, has been restoring the site since the 1980s. Nolin will discuss Huffman Prairie’s history, diversity and restoration efforts.
This biennial event will also feature a media show and displays from several private and public conservation organizations, as well as vendors offering conservation-related items for purchase.
The $45 attendance fee includes conference materials, buffet lunch with vegetarian options and break refreshments. Registrations will be accepted until Tuesday, March 26, or until the conference is full. For registration form and more details, visit naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/obs or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419.