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CLS Work Featured on Bionic Planet Podcast

CLS Associate Consultant Joe Krischon and Project Developer Dave Neu were recently interviewed by journalist Steve Zwick for his podcast Bionic Planet. They discussed the challenges and unexpected joys of restoring Lake Michigan bluffs and ravines, the benefits of using native plants, and the plight of native insects in the “Bees, Trees and Burning Bluffs” episode.

Conservation Land Stewardship has completed a variety of projects on public and private lands within this unique ecosystem. Because of the sensitive nature of the plants and topography, specialized management and highly trained crews are necessary. In the podcast, Krischon explains how he prepares his crews and equipment to accomplish the project goals while protecting the sites.

Joe Krischon has over 9 years of experience in vegetation management and ecosystem restoration. His work includes invasive species control, habitat restoration, native plant installation, and prescribed burning.

Also discussed in the podcast is the alarming decline of pollinators, and the essential roles they play in natural systems. Neu Illustrates the need to utilize native plants not only in large restorations, but in home landscaping as well. He highlights an emerging market in community solar fields as an opportunity for native plantings.

Dave Neu is a natural resources leader serving for over 30 years in both government and non-profit roles. His work has included native prairie and wetland restorations, wildlife surveys and population management, public outreach and education, strategic partnerships, and planning. He has led the management of tens of thousands of acres of public and private properties, as well as conservation initiatives throughout the Midwest.

Moderator Steve Zwick is the Managing Editor of Ecosystem Marketplace. Before joining EM, he covered European business and security issues for Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to editing EM, he currently blogs on Forbes.com.