Gain the strategies and planning principles needed to effectively manage underground drain tile systems. For several decades, The Morton Arboretum has been engaged in managing drain tiles throughout the Arboretum, including locating them, assessing their condition, and adjusting them to meet Arboretum conservation goals. In this morning workshop for land managers and professionals, discuss the history of drainage management and drain tile use and how to adapt existing drain tile systems to maintain or modify current land use or to support natural areas restoration. We’ll go over the drain tile mapping and adjustment projects at the Arboretum, and visit the sites to take a hands-on look at the process and see the striking results.
Instructor: Kurt Dreisilker, head of natural resources, The Morton Arboretum, and Tom Huddleston, partner, Huddleston McBride Land Drainage Company
Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Limit 24
Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, materials for taking notes outdoors, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over wet or uneven terrain. Fee includes all workshop handouts, coffee and morning refreshments.
Certificate information: Can be used as a Naturalist Certificate, WSP elective (3 hours)
Friday, August 15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
New location! Botany Lab, Research Center
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.