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                                      •THE          NEWSLET TER                OF      THE         NATURAL             AREAS            ASSOCIATION•

                                      VOL. 13 NO. 1                                                                                           FALL/WINTER 2009

Resource Management
Questions Spur Science
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Desert
and Dryland Forest Research Group
by Jill Craig

The invasion of non-native grasses
throughout the southwestern United States
has led to unprecedented frequencies and
                                                       LEFT: Long Point Preserve on Kelleys Island. Photo by Renee Boronka. RIGHT: Native lupine at North Kingsville Sand
intensities of wildfires throughout the Mojave         Barrens. Photo by Judy Semroc.
Desert. After the fires are extinguished,
area land managers are faced with charred
landscapes dotted with the singed remains              The Living Collection of The Cleveland
of plants that formerly provided vital
resources to a multitude of animals; notably,          Museum of Natural History
endangered tortoises. With little precipitation        By Renee Boronka, Associate Director of Conservation       has grown substantially. Currently, the Museum
and much uncertainty about how natural
                                                       Most people are surprised to hear that The                 protects more than 4,400 acres of land on 36
succession will transpire after wildfire
                                                       Cleveland Museum of Natural History preserves              natural areas and plans to preserve an additional
events, managers have the difficult job of
                                                       natural land, and that it has been doing so for            600 acres in 2009. Our preserves stretch across
determining how best to restore the function
                                                       over 50 years. The Museum obtained its first               northern Ohio, from Kelleys Island to the
and structure of the land.
                                                       official natural area in 1956, when it acquired            Pennsylvania border. The endangered ecosystems
                                                       Fern Lake Bog in Geauga County. Museum                     they contain harbor more than 200 species
                                                       leaders of the past, such as Harold T. Clark and           of rare plants and animals. Many uncommon
                                                       William E. Scheele, had great foresight. They              species on our preserves are not known to exist
                                                       recognized the threat of urban sprawl to our               anywhere else in Ohio or are globally at risk. In
                                                       native ecosystems. They established the Natural            addition, these properties regularly yield species
                                                       Areas Division in order to protect the array of            new to science.
                                                       natural community types found in northern                  The Museum’s North Kingsville Sand Barrens
                                                       Ohio. Their vision was to create a system of               (NKSB) is one of the gems of our living
                                                       nature preserves that best represent the broad             collection. Sand Barrens habitat once spanned
                                                       spectrum of biodiversity found in northern                 much of northeastern Ohio, but development
                                                       Ohio—a living collection of habitats.                      has destroyed most of it. Many of the
Research assistant Alex Suazo conducting research                                                                 inhabitants of Sand Barrens are themselves
on invasives in the desert seedbank.                   Today, the mission of the Natural Areas
                                                       Program remains the same: to identify and                  rare as they rely upon this imperiled habitat
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s                  protect the best remnants of native habitats               to survive. The Museum’s NKSB is home to a
Desert and Dryland Forest Research Group               present in the Lake Erie and Upper Ohio                    number of state-listed species, including native
strives to help resource managers answer               River drainage prior to settlement. Each of our            lupine, Bicknell’s geranium, the rare moss
the questions that arise as they determine             preserves harbors one or more distinct biotic              bug-on-a-stick and a variety of rare spiders,
best management practices. We have                     communities, including hardwood forest, Lake               dragonflies, beetles and birds.
established collaborative relationships                Erie island, fossil dune ridge, marsh, swamp               Our Singer Lake Preserve is the most pristine
with Lake Mead National Recreation                     and glacial wetland, among many others. The                bog system remaining in Ohio. Forty plants
Area, Joshua Tree National Park, Las Vegas             preserves serve as outstanding resources for               on the Ohio Rare Plant List occur at Singer
Bureau of Land Management, Desert                      studying and teaching about sustainability and             Lake and most of the rare plants are within the
National Wildlife Refuge, the Ecological               biological diversity in northern Ohio. Museum              leatherleaf bogs or deep-water bog ponds. In
Restoration Institute, and the U.S. Forest             preserves are model scientific field laboratories          addition to more than 50 acres of leatherleaf
Service. The group is currently conducting             in which researchers can conduct long-term                 bog, the basin has a five-acre kettle lake
research related to desert wildfire, such as           studies in locations relatively free from human            surrounded by tamarack, cranberries and
testing seeding and transplant effectiveness           interference. They also serve as spectacular               sphagnum. Museum staff have found the largest
and vegetation regeneration. In addition,              locations to take Museum members and school                Ohio populations of the State-Endangered small
management questions regarding remote                  groups on naturalist-guided field trips.                   cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus) and bog
spring conditions, exotic plant life history                                                                      willow (Salix pedicellaris) in the Singer Lake
                                                       Under the leadership of Dr. James Bissell (1971
                             Continued on page 7       to present), the Museum’s Natural Areas Program                                              Continued on page 2                                               • NATURAL AREA NEWS •                                                                        PAGE 1
                                                   The Living Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
 Natural Areas Association                         (continuted from page 1)
 P.O. Box 1504, Bend, OR 97709                     basin. The basin also has huge populations of
 Telephone: .............. (541) 317-0199          the more common large cranberry (Vaccinium
                                                   macrocarpon). On their first visit to Singer Lake,
 Fax: ......................... (541) 317-0140     Museum Botany Department staff collected
 Email:.............          a moth, Variegated Orange Moth (Epelis
 Web:           truncataria), that was later identified as the first
                                                   collected in Ohio. One of the food plants for the
 Mission                                           caterpillar stage of the rare moth is cranberry.
 The mission of the Natural Areas                  Forty-one (41) dragonflies and 26 damselflies
 Association is to advance the preservation        have been found with the basin. Three of
 of natural diversity. The Association works to    the dragonflies are very rare in Ohio. Prior
 inform, unite, and support persons engaged        to the discovery of racket-tailed emerald
 in identifying, protecting, managing and                                                                  E. truncataria, a rare moth found at Singer Lake Bog.
                                                   (Dorocordulia libera) at Singer Lake, it was            Photo by Jay Cossey.
 studying natural areas and biological
 diversity across landscapes and ecosystems.       last reported in 1924 from Lake Kelso,
                                                   Geauga County. In June 2000, two more rare              some of our region’s worst invaders. Jim Bissell
                                                   dragonflies were found at Singer Lake. The              has long been concerned about the spread of
 Board Officers                                    State-Endangered elfin skimmer (Nannothemis             narrow-leaf cattail in our wetlands. It was at
                                                   bella) occurs at one other site in Ohio, Cedar          the 2003 Natural Areas Conference in Madison
 Lisa Smith, President
                                                   Bog in southwestern Ohio. The other dragonfly,          that he learned of a new technique to remove
 Consultant - Stahlstown, Pennsylvania
                                                   the chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona julia), was          narrow-leaf cattail; cutting the plants below the
 Randy R. Heidorn, Vice President                                                                          water line in the fall, thus suffocating it. Upon
 Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
                                                   reported for Portage County one hundred years
                                                   ago and is only extant at one site in Ohio, Mud         returning to Ohio, Jim and his staff cut the
 Pene Speaks, Secretary                                                                                    narrow-leaf cattail at our McCoy State Nature
                                                   Lake Bog in Williams County.
 Washington Department of Natural Resources                                                                Preserve (a fen system). The following year,
 Renee Kivikko, Treasurer                          Our most recent acquisition project is Geneva           there was a noticeable decrease in the density
 Land Trust Alliance                               Swamp. It is one of the largest remaining               of the stand. We continue to monitor and cut
                                                   unprotected swamp forests on the Lake Erie              the cattail, shrinking the stand each year.
                                                   Lake Plain and it supports several rare plant
 Board of Directors                                                                                        Over the last ten years, our stewardship program
                                                   and animal species. This rich swamp forest
 Brian Bowen                                       is dominated by beech, yellow birch, tupelo,            has included herbicide spraying of acres of
 Tennessee Natural Areas Program                   swamp white oak, and pin oak. There are many            garlic mustard, canary grass and Japanese
                                                   buttonbush ponds on the property with Wood              knotweed. We implemented our garlic mustard,
 Ruark Cleary
 Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission   Frogs and Smallmouth Salamanders. Another               canary grass and knotweed attack at 20 of
                                                   unique feature of the property is its sandy knolls.     our preserves. The initial blanket sprays were
 Pete Colverson
                                                   In the past, these sandy knolls were left open          done by a contractor, costing approximately
 Pandion Systems, Inc.
                                                   and sunny and provided habitat for the Regal            $30,000 annually. Once the stands were brought
 Nate Fuller                                                                                               under control, we followed up with a crew of
 Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy               Fritillary butterfly, which was last seen in Ohio
                                                   in the 1980s. The knolls are now covered with           conservation interns (about 6 each field season)
 Alex Glazer                                                                                               to monitor and spot spray. This process has
                                                   forest thickets. Removal of the trees will allow
 University of California, Berkeley                                                                        increased the diversity at sites that once were
                                                   recovery of the sagittate-leaved violet, once a
 Thomas Meyer                                      very common plant in the swamp and a host               monocultures of non-native species. Finding a
 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources                                                                 native species in a woods once dominated by
                                                   plant of the Regal Fritillary caterpillar. Protection
 Timothy Nigh                                      of Geneva Swamp will allow the Regal Fritillary         garlic mustard is a true reward.
 Missouri Department of Conservation               an opportunity to be restored at this site.             The Museum is proud to protect some of the
 Karen Smith                                                                                               Cleveland region’s finest and most sustainable
 Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
                                                   In addition to protecting land, the Museum
                                                   actively stewards its preserves. As is the case for     natural areas for present and future generations
 Lisa Thomas                                                                                               to have the opportunity to appreciate. Visit the
                                                   most resource managers, our biggest challenge
 Northern Arizona University                                                                               Museum’s Web site at to learn
                                                   is the invasion of non-native species. Each
                                                   growing season, the Museum’s land steward               more about the Natural Areas Program. If you have
 Appointments & Liaisons                           and a crew of interns monitor and remove                further question regarding our program, please
                                                   invasive plants. It is far easier and cost-effective    contact Renee Boronka by phone at 216-231-
 Dr. Charles “Chuck” Williams,                                                                             4600, ext. 3505 or email,
 Natural Areas Journal Editor                      to remove invasives when they first invade
 Western Pennsylvania Conservancy                  than to attempt removal of acres of established         Renee Boronka is Associate Director of the
                                                   Phragmites, canary grass or purple loosestrife.         Center for Conservation & Biodiversity at The
 Steve Shelly (Liaison)
                                                   Years ago, a single occurrence of purple                Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She has
 USDA Forest Service, Missoula, Montana
                                                   loosestrife was found and removed at Singer             been a member of the Natural Areas Association
                                                   Lake Bog. Since then, a volunteer has returned          since 2003. Renee is an enthusiastic supporter
 Natural Area News                                 each year to pull any returning plants. Through         of NAA’s annual conference, which she views as
 Co-Editors: Ruark Cleary/Deb Kraus
                                                   monitoring, we have managed to keep the                 the ideal setting in which to network with fellow
                                                   loosestrife out of the bog.                             natural resources professionals.
                                                   Our stewardship program has been very
                                                   successful. We are winning the battle with

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Trip to attend
the Natural Areas Association conference in
Vancouver, USA in September 2009
Dean Impson, freshwater fish scientist, CapeNature, South Africa   Chum salmon in this huge river
My interest in this conference arose whilst                        system, with only one river still
reading a report-back from colleagues (Kerry te                    having a decent run of a once
Roller, Kerry Purnell) who attended the 2008                       prolific species. It was however
conference. They made very positive remarks                        good to see that the work we saw
and appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed their                      was based on improving habitat
visit. I decided to apply and was fortunate to                     quality for this sensitive species,
receive a sponsorship after my presentation was                    rather than just looking at fish
accepted. Prior to the conference, I established                   hatcheries as the answer to a
contact with Rook Cleary, about possibilities of                   variety of environmental ills.
post-conference travel. Rook informed me that he                   The only negatives I experienced Ruark Cleary and Dean Impson on the Olympic Penninsula, Washington
was very keen to see the Olympic Peninsula and                     during the conference was the                       and was delighted to catch a wild cutthroat trout
Olympic National Park and invited me to visit the                  poor turn-out for my talk (about 20 people)         from one of the beautiful local rivers. It was
area with him.                                                     and the exorbitant cost of a glass of wine (great   wonderful to experience the temperate rainforest
With airtickets booked, I embarked on the rather                   quality though). In South Africa, expect to pay     of the Olympic National Park. The old wood
unpleasant task of an Atlantic crossing of 14                      around $1.50 for a glass of wine at a conference.   coniferous forests and the gorgeous autumn light
hours and some 8 time zones later I arrived in                     Often the first 2-3 drinks are complimentary,       shining on the mosses of the Sipra Spruces will
Vancouver and booked into the Hilton Vancouver                     probably to speed up the pace and success of        remain an abiding memory.
to share a room, generously offered by Stephen                     networking.
                                                                                                                       Just before I left, I had the pleasure of listening
Thomas, a NAA member from Chicago.                                 The post conference tour with Rook was              on radio to your President Obama address the
The conference proved to be worthwhile and                         excellent and it was a pleasure to visit the        United Nations. It was an inspiring speech and
the plenaries and field trip were particularly                     beautiful and relatively pristine Olympic           I was thrilled to hear repeated references to the
insightful. Conservation conferences in South                      Peninsula. Seeing tree-covered landscapes with      urgent need for the global powers, including the
Africa rarely, if ever, have prominent naturalists                 an abundance of rivers and lakes was novel for      USA, to tackle major environmental problems,
and authors (e.g. Robert Pyle) give plenaries. Nor                 me, as my part of the world is relatively tree-less including climate change.
are there environmental poets and photographers                    (apart from Australian invasive plants!) and dry
                                                                   by international standards. We do, however,         I would like to especially thank Rook, Stephen
giving presentations of their excellent work.
                                                                   have several global conservation hotspots (Cape     and Blanche Sobottke (always helpful and
I enjoyed the mid week trip to a salmon
                                                                   Floristic Region, Succulent Karoo biome), which     friendly) for making my trip an affordable,
rehabilitation area on the Columbia River. It was
                                                                   we are rather proud of! I am a keen flyfisherman    enjoyable and valuable experience.
quite depressing to hear about the plight of the

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              Announcing the
         37 Natural Areas Conference

               nec ting For the Futu
          C on                      re:

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                      enerations and Disc

           October 26-29, 2010
          Tan-Tar-A Resort ~ Osage Beach, MO

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A South-African Experience of the
Savage Gulf Wilderness Area
We arrived in Nashville after a 24-hour flight        contributed to the richness of this wilderness.
from Cape Town, South Africa. Theoretically, we       Moonshine has its place even in South Africa,
were supposed to have jet lag, but excitement         where the final product is called mampoer and
to finally be in the U.S. overrode theories of        witblitz (white lightening).
this nature. We even explored the streets of
                                                      We learned about new plants and our “what is
Nashville after the long flight (where none of us
                                                      this” questions were eagerly answered by our
really had the luxury of sleeping) and discovered
                                                      companions, even though it was the umpteenth
Broadway Street, “pulled pork” and “Fat tyres”.                                                           Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN. Group photo from
                                                      question for exactly the same tree! Even the        35th Natural Areas Conference field trip.
The next morning, in front of the DoubleTree          “do-not-ever-touch” poison-ivy was forgotten
Hotel, we met the rest of the group and our           on day two, fortunately with no consequences        the Savage Gulf Wilderness Area.
trip leaders for the next few days, Ranger            for the perpetrator. Sassafras albidum, the         As we returned from our rugged weekend,
Randy and Fran. We left for the Savage Gulf           different oaks, the sycamore maple (Acer            back to the now seemingly lap of luxury at
Wilderness Area in a double-sized Zola Budd,          pseudoplatanus), and the Canadian flag maple        the DoubleTree Hotel, we felt sad leaving
our local word for a Toyota Minibus Taxi—and          were all new to us. While looking at the            the beauty, splendour, and rich history we
a word to consider memorizing if you want to          last remains of colossal American chestnuts         only but got a taste of, yet excited by the new
visit South Africa in 2010 during the Soccer          (Castanea dentate), Ranger Randy told us about      friendships made, knowledge acquired, and
World Cup! We also noticed that Ranger Randy          the terrible plight of these icons caused by        looking forward to a promising week ahead of
sits on the wrong side of the bus and drives on       the chestnut blight, a fungal disease caused        learning and sharing.
the wrong side of the road!                           by a sac fungus originating from the Far East.
                                                      Another first for us was seeing “Earth Stars” (a    To team leaders Ranger Randy and Fran, thank
On our way, we passed houses displaying                                                                   you for taking excellent care of us and showing
                                                      beautiful mushroom)–something seemingly
pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours,                                                                us so much, as well as to the rest of the group—
                                                      from another world!
and some quite elaborate displays of scenes                                                               Steve, Canadian Rob, Bill, Theresa and Kurt, Deb
reminiscent of the scariest horror movie, all         We were overwhelmed by the range of the             and Henry, thanks for welcoming us so heartily.
ready for Halloween. To Theresa’s dismay,             changing colours of the forest. During the          It’s definitely an experience we won’t soon forget.
she learned that we had never tasted a Dr.            stops, we took time to assimilate the splendour
Pepper before! This gap in our education was          of the autumn colours and tried to memorize         Thanks again for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
quickly filled under the watchful eyes of those       it for future recollection. A picture says a        Louise, Arnelle, Kerry, and Ben
who wanted to see what changes we might               thousand words, but even pictures fail to
                                                                                                          P.S. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2010
undergo while drinking our first one. A series        capture some the moments we experienced in
                                                                                                          at the Soccer World Cup!
of questions then followed to discover what
else was new to us; the group eager to have us
experience as many ‘firsts’ as possible! Some of
us even had our first bagel experience!                 Report on Screening Trade in Live Animals
Finally arriving at our base camp, we were
                                                        A workshop titled Expert Workshop on Preventing Biological Invasions: Best Practices in
sent into the forest to ‘claim’ a campsite. We
                                                        Pre-Import Risk Screening for Species of Live Animals In International Trade was held at
pitched our tents (some more easily than
                                                        the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, during April 9-11, 2008. It was
others), collected lunch, and started the first
                                                        organized by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), the Invasive Species Specialist
day’s walk along the Cumberland Plateau,
                                                        Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN, and the Secretariat of the Convention
which rises like a crow’s foot out of Tennessee.
                                                        on Biological Diversity (SCBD), in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and
Beautiful forests with stunning autumn foliage
                                                        Defenders of Wildlife. The workshop focused on best practices that can be applied to address
had us in awe from the onset, as it differs so
                                                        the risks associated with live animal imports (and their associated parasites and pathogens)
much to what we know in South Africa—not
                                                        in international trade; these are species imported primarily for the pet, aquarium/terrarium,
much forest and mostly evergreen. We learnt so
                                                        aquaculture/mariculture, live bait, game farming, fur farming and live food industries.
much from everyone in the group, experienced
incredible viewsheds, and discovered                    The workshop participants addressed the often complex intertwining of science, economics,
numerous bluffs (both terms not used back               culture, social norms, practical implementation, and international laws and institutions.
home). Ranger Randy kept warning about                  They considered and discussed a range of tools, processes/procedures and regulations that
rattlesnakes, but alas, yes alas, we saw none.          have been developed and adopted by different countries, and discussed their applicability
                                                        to pre-import risk screening for species of live animals in international trade. It is important
Our last day consisted of a bit of ‘bundu bashing’,
                                                        to keep in mind that alien animals and their parasites and pathogens are being introduced
our way of explaining going off the beaten track!
                                                        into countries both unintentionally and intentionally, but that this workshop focused only on
This was probably one of the most rewarding
                                                        addressing the risks associated with the intentional introduction of live animals.
parts of the entire weekend, climbing down into
a picturesque ravine. We were fortunate to spend        De Poorter M., Browne M., Lodge D., Shimura J. Jenkins P., Burgiel S. (2009). Rapporteur’s
time in the company of experts on the old growth        Final Report: Expert Workshop on Preventing Biological Invasions: Best Practices in Pre-
forests. A bonus was that Ranger Randy spent a          Import Risk Screening for Species of Live Animals In International Trade. University of Notre
considerable portion of his career in Savage Gulf       Dame, Indiana, USA, 9-11 April 2008. 44pp. Available online at
and knows the area intimately. He treated us            Animal%20Imports%20Webpage/Electronic%20References/FinalReport.pdf
with his stories on the area, the trees, and even       Source: The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
the characters and the moonshine activities that                                            • NATURAL AREA NEWS •                                                                 PAGE 5
Announcing the New NAA Membership Structure
November 1, 2009
Dear NAA Members and Friends,                                                   MEMBERSHIP TyPE                       BENEFITS                     DUES

The Board of Directors of the NAA has worked hard over the last                 Student/Retiree        One hardcopy Journal, one log-               $35
several years to maintain our traditionally low membership costs while                                 in, one discounted conference
providing consistent value to our members. Our Individual membership                                   registration, newsletter
dues were (and still are) among the lowest of any comparable national
conservation organization or professional society. However, today we            Individual             One hardcopy Journal, one log-               $60
find ourselves in an unsustainable financial position resulting from                                   in, one discounted conference
                                                                                                       registration, newsletter
a changing market for scientific organizations as well as cut backs
resulting from an exceptionally poor economy. In an effort to meet the
                                                                                Family                 One hardcopy Journal, two log-               $90
serious financial challenges facing the NAA, the Board recommended                                     ins, two discounted conference
and the NAA Membership just approved a revised membership structure                                    registrations, newsletter
that includes new membership levels as well as increased dues that
still provide great value for members. This is designed to keep the NAA         Agency/                Up to five hardcopy Journals, five          $240
operational, to better serve our diverse constituency, and to provide           Non-profit             log-ins, five discounted conference
essential upgrades and increased benefits such as access to an electronic       Organization/          registrations, newsletter
version of the Journal (E-Journal).                                             Institution/
Why increase the dues now? Conference revenues had increased over               Business
the last couple of years, but this year were significantly down, and
                                                                                Partner Agency/        Negotiated benefits and costs starting at
may be for the foreseeable future given that the recession is severely                                 Agency rate
limiting everyone’s travel budgets. Many state and private natural areas
programs are in severe financial trouble and travel is always one of            Sponsors               Negotiated costs starting at $2500, recognition
the first activities to be cut. The NAA’s endowment value has been                                     in the Journal and on website
decreasing consistent with financial market trends, and cannot sustain
significant withdrawals each year. The last very moderate dues increase         Lifetime               Same as Individual—for life                 $1,000
was over 4 years ago, and other income from NAA programs has been
small and variable. Lastly, member-based donations, though very much            Library                Journal subscription only—not a             $175
appreciated, have in the past accounted for only 2% of NAA’s total              subscription           membership.
budget (although we will be doing a better job of asking you to include
the NAA in your year-end tax-deductible donations).
                                                                               serve our diverse constituency through improved web-driven products
                                                        At the same time       and membership services, as well as to provide better support for the
                                                        that revenues have
    ...access to good information                       decreased, NAA
                                                                               organization overall. It will include both printed and electronic access
                                                                               to the Journal for members. It also provides new membership levels to
    and opportunities to discuss                        has experienced        meet the needs of specific members and groups. For example, group
                                                        increased costs.       memberships for institutions, non-profit organizations and agencies will
    issues with like-minded                             The current cost       allow up to five employees to receive membership benefits (up from
    individuals are a need that the                     to produce and         three; see below). And for the first time ever, national or other larger
                                                        publish the Natural    organizations will have the opportunity to negotiate custom membership
    NAA can help fulfill.                               Areas Journal is       packages tailored to their organization’s needs. We also will offer a
                                                        approximately $53/     Sponsorship package, for those organizations that have both the financial
member per year. This means that an individual’s dues primarily go to          means and desire to support the NAA beyond actual membership
cover the cost of their subscription, and very little is leftover to support   costs. And finally, the new membership structure will include Family
the organization’s other activities or overhead. Modernizing our website       memberships for the first time, and we will continue our practice of
and preparing to deliver the electronic Journal is expensive both in time      providing greatly reduced membership rates for students and retirees.
of staff and product. Though counterintuitive, the Journal’s publication
costs will not decrease with the launch of the E-Journal, as the fixed cost    We believe the NAA is needed now more than ever. Natural area
to develop and produce the Journal through the printing stage does not         programs are being cut or eliminated for economic reasons, and access
change. As we modernize, copyright, web design and other consulting            to good information and opportunities to discuss issues with like-minded
services have been necessary, plus staff time, to continue to provide          individuals are a need that the NAA can help fulfill. We hope your
excellent membership services and to keep our national office in Bend,         support for natural area protection and management remains strong, and
Oregon functioning. The end result is an operating deficit, which forces       that you will continue to support our efforts and understand that the needs
us to cut certain programs, defer new programs, cut staff hours, and to        of an effective organization required these changes. The NAA remains as
take money from the endowment which further weakens its viability.             committed as ever to serving you, and all of our members.

In an effort to meet this financial challenge, a revised membership            For more background and information on the membership restructure
structure and dues increase has been implemented. It is designed to            including dues, please email Deb Kraus at
keep the NAA operating for the near-term and will allow us to make
critical upgrades and to support programs, as mentioned above. Until
the economy improves and/or other funding sources come to fruition,
we are taking one step at a time.
The good news is that the new membership structure is designed to

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require—you guessed it—your                          E-mail the NAA at and let
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As an active NAA member, you will soon be able to:
                                                     If your membership renewal is now due (re-           Supporting Nature’s Caretakers…
• Access the Electronic version of the Natural       check that stack of mail that’s been sitting on     Providing Tools, Sharing Knowledge.
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                                                                                                         announce that Dr. Charles “Chuck” Williams
  (the hardcopy is being discontinued)                                                                   has accepted the position as Editor of its
                                                                                                         Natural Areas Journal. Some of you may
                                                                                                         remember that he was the Journal Editor from

  *Cyber-space                is a metaphor for describing the non-physical terrain created by
  computer systems. Online systems, for example, create a cyberspace within which people can
                                                                                                         1999 to 2002. Chuck is a Regional Ecologist
                                                                                                         at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
                                                                                                         Prior to this position, he chaired the
  communicate with one another (via e-mail), do research, or simply window shop. Like physical
                                                                                                         Department of Biology at Clarion University
  space, cyberspace contains objects (files, mail messages, graphics, etc.) and different modes of
                                                                                                         of Pennsylvania.
  transportation and delivery. Unlike real space, though, exploring cyberspace does not require
  any physical movement other than pressing keys on a keyboard or moving a mouse.                        Chuck brings a new life to the Natural
                                                                                                         Areas Journal. He plans to reinvigorate the
                                                                                                         Journal by expanding its topics and using
                                                                                                         our annual Natural Areas conference to
                                                                                                         solicit the articles our members desire.
                                                                                                         Chuck hopes to bring back the Steward’s
Resource Management Questions Spur Science                                                               Circle to give our members the
                                                                                                         information they need to perform on-the-
(continued from page 1)                                                                                  ground. He also plans to streamline the
and control, and relationships of exotics to         reaching a broader audience, as is evident by       submission process.
microsites and roadways are being studied and        the 15 conference presentations and 16 peer-        The NAA is excited to have Chuck on
synthesized. We have also provided resource          reviewed and popular publications produced by       board. We hope you, our members,
managers with monitoring plans, installed            the group in the past year. Please contact us for   continue to use our Journal as a means to
monitoring plot networks for park systems, and       more information about the Desert and Dryland       disseminate your hands-on knowledge,
conducted literature reviews that have resulted      Forest Research Group through email (scott.         share your valued research, and learn
in the publication of synthesis articles.   or phone (702.895.5163).           about techniques and research from other
The Desert and Dryland Forest Research Group         Jill Craig coordinates an early detection, rapid    natural resource professionals. Watch for
is coordinated by Assistant Research Professor,      response weed program for the Public Lands          changes to the journal in spring 2010.
Scott Abella, (UNLV Environmental Studies            Institute of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Department and Public Lands Institute), and          She received her MS in Landscape Architecture
includes six research assistants, three seasonal     focusing on Restoration Ecology from the
botanists, and three graduate students. Along        University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006 and
with providing information to land managers,         has been an NAA member for three years.
we recognize the importance of research
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