Since 2001, RiversEdge West has been conducting riparian restoration research conferences and symposiums with a focus on impacts to riverside habitat in the arid western U.S. These gatherings are driven by RiversEdge West's commitment to advance the knowledge and practice of riparian restoration.
The primary goal of these conferences is to share the latest scientific findings in the field of riparian restoration with practitioners, students, and researchers alike. Additionally, conferences serve to connect the people that manage impacted lands with the techniques, findings, and products that help make restoration successful. These venues also serve as a valuable networking opportunity to build relationships that foster innovation, collaboration, new projects, and advance research.
Biennial Format
Starting in 2023, RiversEdge West's conference will move to a biennial format, with the conference being hosted on even-numbered years. In the opposite years (odd-numbered), we will focus our efforts on hosting hands-on, local workshops, field tours, and interactive webinars that will be guided by the needs of our partners and the restoration community (you!).
Moving to a biennial format will allow us to present novel content and, in the opposing year, provide opportunities to reach new audiences with experiential local, regional, and state-driven workshops and training where it is needed most. Unlike our conference where we are committed to a central location with a large groundswell of support, these smaller workshops and webinars will have the ability to span a larger geography, focus on topics better tailored to a specific region, and reach a more diverse audience.
Our conference remains an important priority for us as a method to foster cross-sector collaboration and information sharing, and we can't wait to gather with you at our next conference in 2024! In the meantime, keep an eye out for upcoming workshops and webinars from us in 2023.
Most presentations of our past conferences and symposiums are recorded and made available for viewing online on our YouTube page as a video or PDF. These presentations are also organized by topic and application within the Resource Center.
Upcoming conference:
  • 2024 - coming soon!
View past conferences:
1st President's Award - In Honor of Pete Larson
RiversEdge West’s first Board President, Pete Larson, was recognized by many for his unflagging dedication to science and the stewardship of our natural environment as he positively influenced countless youth through his teaching at the high school level. 
The $500 1st President's Award is given in Pete's memory to an individual or organization present at our annual conference that exemplifies his values for science, education, and the natural environment.  The individual or organization is nominated for the award by conference attendees.  
Anna Schrenk, with Friends of the Verde River, accepts the 2018 1st President's Award from Board President, Tom Burke, and RiversEdge West's Director, Stacy Beaugh.
The following individuals have been recipients of the award through the years:
  • Shannon Hatch, Formerly with RiversEdge West - 2019 Conference
  • Anna Schrenk, Friends of the Verde River - 2018 Conference
  • Mike Wight, Conservation Legacy - 2017 Conference
  • Dolores River Restoration Partnership, in honor of Sparky (Mark) Taber, Bureau of Land Management - 2016 Conference
  • Tim Carlson, Walton Family Foundation - 2015 Conference 
  • Chip Norton, Friends of the Verde River Greenway - 2012 Conference
  • Colorado State Forest Service - 2010 Conference
  • High Plains Weed Management Association - 2007 Conference 
  • Friends of the Yampa - 2005 Conference
Take Our Survey
Have you ever attended one of our conferences or thought about attending?  We want to hear from you!  Take our conference survey and help us shape the direction of future conferences.  Your opinion is important to us!  
  • “RiversEdge West puts together a topnotch conference that attracts a wide range of relevant restoration presenters who are doing important work. Having the opportunity to not only hear from the experts but to actually interact with them between sessions is invaluable. If you are involved in riparian restoration in any capacity you need to clear your calendar to make room to attend this conference!"
  • “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 across a broad range of relevant topics.” 
  • “It is just inspirational and invigorating being around so many people doing similar work.  It was especially helpful meeting people who work in similar organizations but in different places.”
  • “[The Conference] provides a broad range of information and new research that is applicable to a variety of audiences including private landowners.”
  • “Getting a big picture view is critical when working in a small community.  These contacts will provide a wealth of information and inspiration!”
  • “I am walking away with a sense of how to foster collaboration at a watershed scale.”
  • “It is just inspirational and invigorating being around so many people doing similar work.  It was especially helpful for meeting people who work in similar organizations but in different places.” 
  • "The attendees and presentations at the Riparian Restoration Conference provided thought-provoking new ways of thinking about things.”
  • “This was my first conference in the area and the variety of attendees was fantastic; representatives from commercial companies, non-profits, cooperatives, academics, and state/federal agencies were all present.”
  • “It is easy to get down these days in our field.  I realized a lot of exciting things that were going on and that I need to push a bit harder.”
  • "My experience with the Riparian Restoration conference by far exceeded my expectations; the quality and depth of the science, the passion of the speakers and the location of the conference were all top-notch. I brought home many slices of information that I can immediately utilize in my workday and feel confident in the vetting process that proceeded it."
  • “I live in a rural town where it is difficult to convene with so many experts/practitioners/scientists/agency representatives.  The simple opportunity to meet and talk with people was hugely beneficial.”
  • "Having the opportunity to attend the Tamarisk Coalition conference this year was a fantastic experience. Because I work in a local watershed group tackling tamarisk and Russian-olive is a big part of my job, and the conference provided a valuable insight into the best practices and methods to reach our goals. This included sessions that not only covered the science of removing invasive species but also, covered important organizational tasks like how to recruit volunteers or raise money for our non-profit."  
  • “[The Conference] provides a broad range of information and new research that is applicable to a variety of audiences including private landowners.” 
  • “Learning about the quantity of research on riparian restoration was the most valuable to me.  It gave me some hope.” 
  • “I got to learn about restoration strategies that they just do not teach in school.”

RiversEdge West's

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