2019 Riparian Restoration Conference

RiversEdge West and the Desert Botanical Garden
February 5th, 2019 to February 7th, 2019
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Join us in Phoenix, Arizona this February! 
RiversEdge West's 17th Annual Conference, in partnership with the Desert Botanical Garden, will be held February 5-7, 2019 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ! 
Conference Highlights
A draft agenda will be released soon, but session topics may include:
  • Priority and secondary weeds
  • Tamarisk beetle and habitat impacts
  • Urban restoration
  • Adaptive management topics
  • Case studies from tribes
  • Integrated watershed management planning
  • A panel discussion on how to involve businesses in restoration called Navigating the World of Corporate Fundraising
  • Specific management implications, treatment prioritization, policy, and research advancements regarding Russian olive
  • Riparian grazing management
  • Restoring for wildlife
  • Techniques and lessons learned from riparian restoration projects
  • Long-term monitoring and data management
  • Watershed partnership and organizational health
Individual/Organizational Coaching Sessions will be Available! 
Strategic By Nature, a venture of Third Sector Innovations that draws on over 24 years of experience working with nonprofits and stakeholder groups, will be offering free one-hour coaching sessions during the conference with Stacy Beaugh. 
This session is geared toward individuals looking for support on topics such as leadership, team dynamics, and communication. Stacy can also provide advice on organizational management aspects of your work including goal setting, strategic planning, fundraising, board development and much more.
To schedule a time, please email Stacy at stacybeaugh@gmail.com.

Field trips on day three, February 7th, will include:

  • A panel and workshop discussing the state of the science pertaining to Russian olive control along western riparian systems
  • Restoration site visits at various locations (more information coming soon)
  • A guided tour of the Desert Botanic Garden's (DBG) labs, library, herbarium, greenhouses, and propagation area, led by Dr. Kevin Hultine with DBG's Department of Research, Conservation, and Collections.


About the Desert Botanical Garden
Nestled amid the Papago Buttes, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors, providing research, exhibits, and more for nearly 80 years.  
Connect, get inspired, and advance your skills at RiversEdge West's Riparian Restoration Conference and while you are here, enjoy the Garden's 140 acres and the 50,000+ plant displays showcased in beautiful outdoor exhibits.  
All conference attendees receive complimentary parking and admission to enjoy the gardens.    


Present your work at the 2019 Conference  
RiversEdge West is looking for individuals that can bring innovative ideas, case studies, lessons learned, challenges, adaptive management techniques, technologies, policy updates, and beyond, to the forefront of the riparian restoration community at our 17th Annual Riparian Restoration Conference. 
Submit an abstract by October 19, 2018, following the abstract format provided here
Email your abstract to Cara at Ckukuraitis@RiversEdgeWest.org.
(before 1/5/19)
(after 1/5/19)
Members (15% discount for members who give $120 and above) 
One Day
Exhibitor - Business
$585 $610
Exhibitor - Nonprofit
$435 $460
A light breakfast, morning snack, buffet lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided on February 5th and 6th.  Light snacks will be provided during the field trips and workshop on February 7th.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is December 14, 2018. Click here for the scholarship application.
A group of rooms has been reserved at two hotels near the Desert Botanical Gardens.  The deadline to reserve your rooms to be included in the reduced group rate is January 5, 2019:
$174/night + tax
4.5 miles from the conference venue 

$121/night + tax
1.5 miles from the conference venue | Bike or walk to the Gardens via the nearby bike path

  • To make your reservation at the DoubleTree within the Riparian Restoration Conference group room block, click here or call 800-528-6481 before January 5, 2019.  
  • Group Name: Riparian Restoration Conference
  • Group Code: RRC
  • Includes a shuttle service that runs every 30 minutes to/from Sky Harbor International Airport on a space available first-come-first-served basis. Arriving guests should call 480-967-1441 after retrieving their luggage and pick up directions will be provided. Departing guests should inform the front desk of their departure time the evening prior to their scheduled check out day to ensure availability on any given shuttle.
  • Local area transportation services for individual transfers are also provided on a space-available basis. 
  • To make a reservation at The Magnuson Hotel within the Riparian Restoration Conference group room block, call 480.947.7335 before January 5, 2019.
  • Group Name: Riparian Restoration Conference
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided at the Magnuson Hotel.
  • Includes hot complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, fitness center, guest laundry facility and business center.

Sponsor the 2019 Conference

Partner with us at the leading riparian restoration conference in the West by becoming a conference sponsor. 
Why Partner?  Our attendees are taking a leading role in restoring riparian ecosystems and are an important audience for your organization’s message.  Along with increased visibility, additional sponsor benefits include complimentary registration(s) and exhibit space.  Ask us about additional benefits for title sponsors and refer to the sponsor packet for more information. Your contribution will directly support all aspects of the conference - from scholarships for students and networking events, to cost of facility rental and meals.
To become a sponsor, make your contribution here, mail in a check, or contact Cara Kukuraitis, Conference Coordinator, at (970) 256-7400 or Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org.    


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors & Partners
River Champion Sponsors
Includes three conference registrations, a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and recognition in the Conference Program





Cottonwood Sponsor
Includes two conference registrations, a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and recognition in the Conference Program




Willow Sponsors
Includes one conference registration and recognition in the Conference Program
Seedling Sponsor
Includes recognition in the Conference Program

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.



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