Riverside Restoration Professionals Gather in ABQ

Tamarisk Coalition
January 21st, 2015
For more information contact:
Cara Kukuraitis, Tamarisk Coalition

Riverside Restoration Professionals Gather in ABQ

Across the West, invasive plants such as tamarisk and Russian olive have formed dense thickets along rivers, crowding out native plants, degrading wildlife habitat and cutting off access to the water. On February 10, 11 and 12, the Tamarisk Coalition, a Colorado based nonprofit, will host their 12th Annual Conference “Advancing Riparian Restoration in the Western US”.  The event unites scientists, land managers, landowners, students, and other interested individuals in discussions on invasive plant management techniques and strategies for addressing other challenges impacting stream health.

Taking place at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM, conference presentations and workshops on February 10 and 11 will highlight recent advances and emerging issues in riparian invasive plant management and restoration.  Topics will include updates on the Colorado River pulse flow, the tamarisk beetle, restoration tools, structures, case studies and changes over time, restoring for birds, sustainable funding, planning and permitting, secondary weeds and herbicides, in-stream restoration structures, partnerships and community, and technology, and more.  Many local projects will also be highlighted, with presentations from river restoration professionals working on tribal lands, the San Juan River, the Rio Chama, and the Middle Rio Grande. 

On February 10, the morning will kick-off with a keynote address from Everette Chavez from the Santo Domingo Pueblo and the evening will conclude with a featured poster session/happy hour.  February 11 includes a peer-to-peer learning workshop called the “Cross-Watershed Network Workshop.” 

Conference attendees will also have the option of attending one of three half-day field trips on February 12.  These unique trip options range from exploring either 1) the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in South Albuquerque, 2) a restoration site at the Pueblo of Santa Ana, or 3) a restoration area at the Pueblo of Sandia. 

This conference offers land and resource managers, private land owners, researchers, students, conservation corps leaders, and others interested in riparian restoration the opportunity to convene in a collaborative venue to learn about and discuss the latest trends in riparian restoration and ecology.  

For complete details on the conference, including registration, exhibit space, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our conference page.

You can also call the Tamarisk Coalition at 970-256-7400. 



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