2020 Riparian Restoration Conference

RiversEdge West
February 4th, 2020 to February 6th, 2020
Grand Junction, CO
Save the date for RiversEdge West's 18th Annual Riparian Restoration Conference (RRC) to be held in Grand Junction, Colorado, February 4-6, 2020. The RRC features concurrent sessions covering both research and management topics related to riparian restoration and ecosystem health, with ample opportunities for networking with professionals in the riparian restoration field. 
Call for Abstracts and Symposia - due Oct. 31, 2019
We are currently accepting abstracts for sessions and individual presentations.  Abstracts for both are due October 31, 2019. 
  • Symposia: Symposia are comprised of a series of presentations that address aspects of a single topic.  Organizers can request sessions that are 5 or 10 talks in duration.  Each talk is 20-minutes. Symposia may include panel discussions as part of their session.  Symposia are scheduled to run concurrently with other conference sessions. Attendance is open to all conference registrants. You may suggest your preferred format (e.g. multiple presentations surrounding a specific theme, panel discussion, workshop) for symposia structure.
  • Panel Discussions: Panel Discussions are a forum for interactive discussion of a topic among a panel of experts and an interested audience. Typically, a panel of four to eight speakers makes introductory remarks.  The audience is then invited to make comments and question the panel.  Panel discussions are scheduled for 100 minutes and will run concurrently with other conference sessions.  Attendance is open to all conference registrants.
  • Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length (15 minutes for your presentation with 5 minutes for questions). Please note that the length of each presentation is subject to change. 
  • Poster Presentations: Poster presentations are strongly encouraged as they allow extended informal discussions and active participation of co-authors.  There will be a dedicated poster session on Tuesday, February 4 from 5-7pm in addition to the posters being displayed throughout the duration of the conference.
  • Registration Policy: All presenters are required to register for the conference by January 4, 2020. Conference registration will open in June.
  • Cancellation Policy: Please do not submit an abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference and make the presentation. Cancellations impose a serious burden on the Conference Committee and negatively impact the overall quality of the program. If your presentation has been accepted but extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, we ask that you attempt to find another individual to make the presentation and notify us of this change as soon as possible.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will receive additional information regarding presentation logistics and guidelines. 
Oral & Poster Abstract Template
Title:  Size 12 Calibri font, bold, centered, title case (e.g. Capitalize the First Letter of Each Word)
Author names: Size 11 Calibri font, centered. Note the presenting author(s) with an asterisk after their last name, all authors should be accompanied with a superscript linking to their contact information in the subsequent line. For multi-author abstracts, place an asterisk only next to the person(s) who will be presenting. First and last name required, no middle initial.
Affiliations: Size 10 Calibri font, justified left. State the Organization/Company Name, City/Town, State/Province, Country; Email Address   
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Abstract Content: Size 11 Calibri font, justified left.
Please begin with a concise statement of the topic and end with a substantive conclusion about what major takeaways attendees will learn from this presentation or session.
  • Please italicize Latin species names.
  • Spell out acronyms.
  • If you are suggesting a session topic, include potential speakers, affiliations, and contact information for each presenter
Abstract Type: Please indicate 1) whether you would like this considered for an oral or poster presentation (or both) and 2) what session topics best suit your presentation.
Session Proposals
For session proposals, please include the information outlined below. If you have a suggested symposia topic but do not yet know who may be best to present on the topic, please submit your proposal and supply as much of the requested information as you can.
  • Name and affiliation of symposium Chair.
  • The title and goal of the proposed symposium. Please specify the extent to which your symposium contributes an innovative and/or integrative view to the field of riparian restoration or invasive plant management.
  • The basic theme or area the symposium represents.
  • A list of the proposed speakers and a brief (1-2 sentence) statement of how their work fits into the topic of the symposium.
  • A short (3-4 sentences) statement of how the symposium meets the criteria listed above.
  • A statement as to which of the proposed speakers has agreed to participate.
  • Please be aware that the Program Committee may suggest revisions to ensure the relevancy and non-duplication issues suggested above. Symposium chairs should not make commitments to speakers regarding financial support. Although we work to raise funds for the conference, no promises can be made at this time to support speaker costs.
Submission of Proposals
Please email your proposal by October 31, 2019, to Conference Coordinator, Cara Kukuraitis at ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org. Please attach the proposal as a word document.
(before 1/4/20)
(after 1/4/20)
(15% discount for members who give $120 and above) 
One Day
Exhibitor - Business
Exhibitor - Nonprofit
Conference registration will open during Fall 2019. We encourage you to check back so that you can register and make hotel reservations before the early registration deadline on January 4th. 
Partner with us at the leading riparian restoration conference in the West. 
Your sponsorship and/or exhibit space will directly support all aspects of the conference - from scholarships for students and networking events to the cost of facility rental and meals. Willow Sponsors ($1,000) and above receive complimentary registration(s). Exhibitors receive one complimentary registration with the purchase of exhibit space.
To become a sponsor, make an online donation, mail in a check, call us at (970) 256-7400 or email Cara at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org.  
A room block has been reserved at two hotels in Historic Downtown Grand Junction at the GSA rate of $94/night (pending price change in October). Breakfast buffet, internet access, exercise room, newspaper, pool/spa is complimentary at both hotels.
  1. Tru by Hilton. The online booking code at Tru is REW.
  2. Springhill Suites by Marriott The online booking code at Springhill for one king is REWREWA and for two queens is REWREWB.

Please ask for the RiversEdge West rate when making your reservation. The deadline to reserve your room in the discounted room block is January 11, 2020. 


What people said about our last conference in 2019:
"[The Riparian Restoration Conference is] one of the most informative and useful conferences I have ever attended in my career in that it brings together scientists, resource managers, and practitioners with ample opportunity to share and discuss information, goals, and methods. Broad range of relevant topics."
"This is the best Riparian Restoration Conference I've been to yet in the 6 or 7 years I've attended, but they've gotten better every year. Through these conferences, I've found an engaged, passionate, scientific community that continues to advance strategies and understanding of the many dimensions of riparian restoration. Amazing, inspiring work!"
"This was one of the most interesting and well-run conferences I have attended in over a year."
Thank You to our 2020 Conference Sponsors
River Champions
Cottonwood Sponsors

RiversEdge West's

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