April Program: Local Forest Ecosystems by Michael Reisner

By Michael Wilcox

Michael Reisner is currently the Director of Augustana Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities. He earned his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems from Oregon State University in 2010. He also earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon in with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources law. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, WI. His teaching and research focus is interdisciplinary and cuts across the natural sciences and human dimensions of natural resource sustainability challenges. Professor Reisner is interested in gaining a better understanding of how to conserve and restore the resilience and adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems. He enjoys spending time mountain biking and hiking with his wife and three daughters.

His talk will focus on the health of Rock Island and Moline’s Hardwood Riparian Forest Ecosystems. He will also talk about stream water quality and the indicator carabid beetle community. The talk will close with recommendations for enhancing the resilience of these systems in the face of ongoing urbanization related disturbances, disease invasions (Emerald Ash borer) and climate change.

The program will be held on Monday April 17th in the Bronze Room of Moline Public Library at 6:30.

Growing Grassroots Activism Together Workshop

By Emily Clever

Sierra Club has a long history of being politically active and is encouraging citizens to do the same.   Are you wanting to find ways to be more active? We have created this workshop just for you.  

Eagle View Group Sierra Club will be hosting a training session provided by the IL State Chapter.  We will be covering three topics; Federal Lay of the Land, Personal Narrative and Campaign Planning.  Federal Lay of the Land will be a crash course in U.S. government.  It never hurts to have a refresher on our legislative processes.  Personal narrative and campaign planning will help you develop strategies and tools to become more confident and effective when engaging with elected officials and other active citizens.   

Training begins at 10 and will end at 1:30.  Each topic will last approximately 1 hour.  There will be 15 minute breaks between each topic.  Beverages and snacks will be provided.  RSVP for your seat at http://www.sierraclub.org/illinois/eagle-view

We will be in the WIU Quad Cities Complex building A rooms 103/104.  Please park in the Ben Butterworth Parkway lot across the street.  Directions and maps can be found at http://www.wiu.edu/qc/maps/  All state universities in Illinois are SMOKE FREE.  That means there is no smoking anywhere on campus property including parking lots or in your car if it is on a campus lot.