The Natural Resources of the Coteau Region of North Dakota,
Past, Present, and Future


Central Grasslands Research Extension Center Conference Room
June 26th, 2008. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(This is a tentative agenda, and the titles of the talks may change. Those not yet confirmed are listed as Invited)

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Refreshments in the CGREC conference room

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Paul Nyren, Director, CGREC

9:45 a.m.

Opening comments & MC for morning session

Ms. Kathy Tweeten, NDSU Extension

Director, Center for Community Vitality

10:00 a.m.

The Geology of the Coteau

Dr. Allan Ashworth, Department of Geosciences, NDSU

10:20 a.m.

Archeology in the Coteau

Dr. Tom Riley, Arts and Humanities, NDSU

10:40 a.m.

Native Americans on the Coteau - the past 500 years

Dr. Phil Baird, VP of Academic, Career, and Technical Education, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck

11:00 a.m.

Newcomers to the Coteau

Dr. Tom Isern, NDSU History Dept.

11:20 a.m.

The wildlife of the Coteau -TBA

11:40 a.m.

The impact of invasive species on the mixed grass prairie

Dr. Chuck Lura, MSU Bottineau


Lunch provided by CGREC


Comments & MC for afternoon session

Mr. Lance Brower, Stutsman County Extension

1:00 p.m.

The spirit of the Coteau

Prof. Catherine Wiley, NDSU Landscape Architecture

1:20 p.m.

Tourism opportunities in the Coteau

Annette Schilling, Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Director

1:40 p.m.

New opportunities for economic  use of coteau resources: renewable energy and nature tourism

Dr. Larry Leistritz, AES Agribusiness & Applied Economics

2:00 p.m.

Agriculture in the Coteau

Mr. Timothy Faller, Assoc. Director, ND Ag. Experiment Station

2:20 p.m.

Legislators' perspective: The future of natural resources of the Coteau

Senators: Erbele and Wanzek

Representatives: Brandenburg, Kretschmar, DeKrey, and others

2:40 p.m.

NDSU’s role in natural resource development for the 21ST century

Dr. D.C. Coston, VP for Ag/University Extension

3:00 p.m.


The future of natural resource development and  native people of the Coteau

Ms. Dawn Charging, Director - Office of Native American Programs, USDA ?


Coteau history tour of the native grasslands

NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center