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Program - 2011 Plenary Session
February 7 - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

9:00
Presentation of Flags (US and Canadian Flags)
 
9:10
Introduction and Master of Ceremonies - Russell Nemetz
Russell Nemetz is the Ag Director for Northern Broadcasting System and is a graduate of Montana State University - Billings.
 
9:20
Welcome - Michael P. Schellenberg, PhD
Michael P. Schellenberg, PhD is the President of the Northern Great Plains Section of the Society for Range Management and Range and Forage Plant Ecologist at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Branch in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
 
9:25
Opening Remarks - Jeff Mosley, PhD
Jeff Mosley, PhD is the President of the Society for Range Management and a Professor of Range Science and Extension Range Management Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
 
9:30
"Management considerations for the continually changing vegetation of the Northern Great Plains" - Edward (Shawn) Dekeyser, PhD
Edward (Shawn) Dekeyser, PhD is an Assistant Professor of the Range Program within the School of Natural Resources Sciences at North Dakota State University. He is currently the curator of the North Dakota State University Herbarium, Director of the Center for Natural Resource and Agroecosystem Studies, as well as active in teaching and research. He has conducted and collaborated on research throughout the Northern Great Plains on research covering wetland assessment and ecology, riparian assessment and management, wetland and prairie restoration, invasive species management, and fire ecology.
 
9:50
"Native American historical use of the Northern Great Plains" - Paige Baker, PhD
Paige Baker, PhD retired from the National Park Service as Superintendent of Badlands National Park. He also served as Superintendent of Casa Grande Ruins, Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Director of Extension with the University of Minnesota and has worked with the Philip-Stokes Foundation in New York and Washington, D.C.
 
10:10
"Contrasting Lewis and Clark's Trip through the Great Plains with present day" - John E. (Jack) Taylor, PhD
John E. (Jack) Taylor, PhD is a retired professor and emeritus faculty of Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. He is a frequent lecturer on Lewis and Clark.
 
10:30
"Historical Changes in rangeland management - traveling the Bozeman Trail (1860) through today: A rancher's perspective" - Chase Hibbard
Chase Hibbard is an active sheep and cattle rancher. He is the President of the Sieben Livestock Company and has been recognized as a Sustainable Steward by the Corporation for the Northern Rockies.
 
11:00
"Birds and Bugs, Popular Notions and The Range" - John Acorn
John Acorn teaches at the University of Alberta and is involved in entomological research focusing on biodiversity of various groups of Alberta insects, insects of dune environments and ecology of introduced species. He is best known as the writer and host of the television series "Acorn, The Nature Nut". He is author of 17 books and has been recognized for promotion of science with several awards.
 
11:45
Closing - Russell Nemetz