2014 Tamarisk Coalition's Research and Management Conference

February 18th, 2014 to February 20th, 2014
The University Center at Colorado Mesa University
1455 North 12th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Riparian Restoration in the Western US

On February 18-20, the Tamarisk Coalition and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University hosted the research and management conference: Riparian Restoration in the Western U.S..   Over 175 scientists, land and water managers, researchers, students, and consultants were in attendance.  Through diverse presentations, interactive workshops, a field trip and other networking opportunities, participants connected with one another and shared important resources, methods, and solutions necessary for restoring riparian landscapes in the American West.   We look forward to seeing you in 2015 at our next conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Conference Highlights

  • Bridging the Gap Between Land Manager Needs and Scientific Research Workshop:
    • Tamarisk Coalition partnered with the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) and held a half-day workshop that was devoted to connecting land managers with scientists to help get key natural resource management questions answered.
    • The workshop covered current research topics of LCC-funded scientists, land manager presentations on current challenges, funding opportunities for research scientists, and an interactive discussion between scientists and land managers to help improve the communication gap.  See the workshop flyer for more information.
  • Cross-Watershed Network Workshop
    • The Cross-Watershed Network’s (XWN) mission is to connect practitioners through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration across watersheds.  The XWN team hosted a peer-to-peer learning workshop on restoration topics most important to attendee's watershed.
    • To learn more about XWN, visit http://crosswatershed.net/.
  • First President's Award winner
    • The First President’s Award is given in honor of Pete Larson, the Tamarisk Coalition’s first Board President.  Pete was recognized by many for his unflagging dedication to science and the stewardship of our natural environment and he positively influenced countless youth through his teaching at the high school level.  This award was given in his memory to an individual or organization that exemplifies Pete’s values for science, education, and the natural environment.  
    • This year, the Tamarisk Coalition honored Tim Carlson.  Tim, consultant to the Walton Family Foundation, was nominated for his dedication to helping the watershed partnerships of the Verde, Escalante, Dolores, and Gila Rivers to succeed in their riparian restoration efforts. Over fifteen of the watershed partners undersigned his nomination. Congrats, Tim and thank you for the work you do! 
  • Gardening for Insects – or Not!  
    • The Tri River Area Extension and the Tamarisk Coalition hosted a presentation by Colorado State University Extension's Entomologist, Dr. Whitney Cranshaw.  
    • Attendees discovered the various ways that gardening practices can encourage or discourage certain kinds of insects and learned about one of the many insects making news in the state: the emerald ash borer.  Please see the presentation flyer.
  • Continuing Education
    • Attendees of Tamarisk Coalition's 2014 Conference qualified for education credits with the Society of Range Management and the Colorado Department of Agriculture for licensed Colorado qualified supervisors, certified operators, and private applicators.  


Conference Testimonials:

“I will be able to apply new information from this conference to my work in the future, knowing how to balance riparian restoration work with the ultimate habitat goals, economics, and data gaps.”
“I learned about funding opportunities, got contacts on specific projects to follow up on, and got motivated.”
“My biggest take-away was to learn how many passionate people are truly behind restoration and that a great group is continually responsible for bringing us all together.” 
“I learned new information about what’s going on in the restoration community and made new connections.”
“There was a wide range of topics/speakers presenting cutting edge research.”


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