2021 Conference

February 17th, 2021 to February 26th, 2021
Since 2001, RiversEdge West has been hosting an annual conference that focuses on impacts to riparian habitat in the Southwestern U.S.  Due to COVID-19, our 19th conference will be held virtually over the course of two weeks; February 17-18, 2021, and February 23-25, 2021 from roughly 10 am - 3 pm MT each day.  
Connect with others in your field who are managing or studying riparian lands and stream environments and discover novel techniques, scientific findings, and lessons learned that make restoration successful! The conference will feature a mix of live sessions and panels with interactive discussion, pre-recorded presentations followed by live Q&A, field tours, and demonstrations, as well as plenty of virtual networking opportunities!

Register here.

Early bird pricing ends January 18th!
Registration Type           
(before 1/18/2021)     
(after 1/18/2021)
(15% discount for members
who give $120 and above) 
One Day
Scholarships are available. View the application hereScholarship applications are due before February 1, 2021. 
Poster Session Update
Abstracts for poster presentations are due January 27, 2021 
All are welcome to submit a poster for the poster session! Poster presenters will share their poster submissions (one pdf to be displayed while presenting) in 3-minutes or less. In an effort to emulate the poster concept as much as possible, presenters should create a single slide containing all information, with the possibility of zooming in on the section you are discussing. Posters will be accepted on a first-received and topic-specific basis and will be limited to 20 presentations.
Attention Students!
During the poster session, we will be hosting a Student Poster Session Contest! To encourage continued student development of not only your research but also your ability to present virtually, the contest will be exclusively for students. Attendees will judge the student poster/presentations and vote on their choice for the top three. First, second, and third winners will receive a cash scholarship of $150, $100, and $50 respectively.
Poster presenters should submit an abstract to ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org by January 27th, 2021. Abstracts should follow the template provided here.
The Zoom poster session will be on the afternoon of Feb 18th, the second day of our virtual conference. Presenting students do NOT have to pay a registration fee to present.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

Climate Change & Adaptation
How can we adapt restoration responses such that they are more likely to be successful in a rapidly changing climate? What tools, experiences, and monitoring can we use to develop climate-adapted stream and riparian restoration?
Wildlife & Restoration
Does restoration create quality aquatic and riparian habitat for wildlife? As we look to the future, what are the key challenges and opportunities for restoring riparian and aquatic habitat? What in-stream habitat improvements or impacts have you seen as a result of riparian restoration?
Lessons Learned & Failed Projects
What have we learned from past riparian restoration experiences?  It is much easier to discuss successes but there is a wealth of information gained from restoration efforts that were not able to meet their objectives. What worked and what didn’t? What could have been done better? We want to hear about those lessons and experiences.
What native riparian plants are you finding to be the most successful in your restoration projects or research? E.g. sourcing, successes, failures, alternatives, genetics of effective cultivars.
Tribal Perspectives on Restoration
What has worked and what hasn’t worked from both a historical standpoint as well as present-day? How do we manage a constantly changing landscape while incorporating traditional ecological knowledge, historical land management, and cultural considerations?
Science, Technology, & Monitoring
What technology/tools/guides/research is out there to make restoration tactics and monitoring of results more efficient and effective?
Public Engagement & Stewardship
How do you engage the public and elected officials throughout the life of your project and beyond? How have you adapted as a result of COVID-19?
Demonstrations from the Field
Show us (successful or unsuccessful) examples of post-fire restoration, weed control methods, revegetation techniques, etc. Presenters may pre-record their field demonstration or site tour in advance, present via a PowerPoint, or use a combination of the two presentation methods.
Continuing Education
  • The Wildlife Society: Conference attendees are eligible to receive a maximum of 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program.
Become a Sponsor
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 the online hosting platform and staff capacity. Willow Sponsors ($1,000) and above receive complimentary registration(s). 
To become a sponsor, make an online donation, mail in a check, or email Cara at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org.
To view our past conferences, click here.
Thank You to our 2021 Virtual Conference Sponsors:
R I V E R    C H A M P I O N    S P O N S O R S 


C O T T O N W O O D    S P O N S O R S


W I L L O W    S P O N S O R S 


S E E D L I N G   S P O N S O R S
Add your business here! Email Cara at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org

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