The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Jacklyn Gautsch, Natural Resources Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Her presentation will discuss Iowa DNR’s Wetland Monitoring Program that began in 2005 through grant funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since that time a statewide monitoring program has been developed to assess these valuable areas, and results from this monitoring will enable the Iowa DNR to determine the ecological condition of wetlands while documenting any contaminants and stressors found in these systems.
Jacklyn Gautsch is a Biologist with the Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She holds a BS in biology and earth science from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to the Iowa DNR Jackie participated in a variety of biological research projects including herpetological studies with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a study on caddisflies with the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a fish-monitoring program with the Upper Mississippi Long Term Resource Monitoring Program, the United States Geological Survey, and the Iowa DNR. She has also held a variety of positions with the Girl Scouts of Riverland Council and joined the Iowa DNR in 2000.
The ILF webinars are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer and Internet access. To participate, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ just before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Jacklyn by typing their questions in the chat box. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time. All past webinars are archived on the ILF website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.
Since January 2011, ILF has hosted a webinar every month. There are over 55 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.