2020 Riparian Restoration Conference

RiversEdge West
February 4th, 2020 to February 6th, 2020
Colorado Mesa University
University Center - Ballrooms on 2nd floor
Grand Junction, CO
Registration is open for RiversEdge West's 18th Annual Riparian Restoration Conference (RRC), to be held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, February 4-6, 2020. Hosted in partnership with the Ruth Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, the RRC will feature concurrent sessions that cover both research and management topics related to riparian restoration and ecosystem health, with ample opportunities for networking with professionals in the riparian restoration field. 
The last two years have sold out - register early!
Photo by Ray Hennessy
View the first draft of the conference agenda. Check back soon for more updates!
Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference, with an informal poster session, happy hour, and silent auction taking place the evening of February 4th.
Click here to view the poster lineup. Click on each title to view their associated abstracts.
Miss the call for abstracts deadline? We may still be able to fit your talk on the agenda.  Email Cara at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org.
Presenter information is available here.
Pricing - Discounted Pricing Ends January 4th
Registration Type
(before 1/4/20)
(after 1/4/20)
(15% discount for members who give $120 and above) 







One Day



Exhibitor - Business



Exhibitor - Nonprofit



Scholarships - Due December 9, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of conference sponsors, a limited number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration. Preference will be given to students, private landowners, and employees of nonprofit organizations. Scholarship recipients are required to volunteer a portion of their time either before or during the conference to assist with a variety of conference-related tasks. 
To apply, view and complete the scholarship application before December 9, 2019.
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). Cottonwood Sponsors ($2,500) and above also receive complimentary 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.  
Our attendees are taking a leading role in restoring riparian ecosystems and are an important audience for your organization’s message. Your presence as an exhibitor increases your visibility at the 2020 RRC and provides the opportunity to interact with 150-200 restoration-minded professionals from across the West; from land managers and researchers to landowners, non-profits, agencies, and private individuals. In both 2018 and 2019, the RRC sold out with over 200 riparian restoration professionals in attendance. One conference registration is included per exhibit table.
To reserve your exhibit space, select the appropriate exhibitor category during your conference registration.
View the Exhibit Packet for more information.
Lodging - Reserve by January 11, 2019
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.
A light breakfast, morning snack, buffet lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided on February 4th and 5th.  Light snacks will be provided during the field trips and workshops on February 6th.
Conference attendees may choose between the following options on day three, February 6th:
  1. Palisade Insectary and Riverbend Park - Tour and Site Visit
  2. Using Mycorrhizal Fungi in Restoration - Workshop and Site Visit
  3. Post-Fire Restoration - Site Visit
  4. Collaborative Restoration with Private Lands - Workshop and Panel
View detailed field trip and workshop descriptions here
Free Fundraising Consultations  
Strategic By Nature is offering complimentary one-on-one sessions for individuals and groups looking for professional or organizational support! The session is customized to the participant’s needs and can cover topics such as leadership, team dynamics, communication, project outcomes, fundraising, board development and much more.
Formed in 2018 by Stacy Beaugh and Illene Roggensack of Third Sector Innovations, Strategic By Nature provides expertise and support to organizations striving for impact and effective outcomes around land and water resources, and outdoor recreation endeavors.
Stacy is available to meet on-site by appointment during the conference on Tuesday (2/4) and Wednesday (2/5). Please email Stacy directly at stacybeaugh@gmail.com to schedule a time. Space is limited! 

Silent Auction
Do you have a talent that you'd be willing to share or know a business that would donate their services? We are looking for donations for our silent auction that will take place during the Conference on February 4th!
If you are interested in donating an item to the silent auction, please email Cara at ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org. Ideas include art, tools, hand-made crafts, gift cards, or vouchers.
All proceeds will go to RiversEdge West's conference scholarship program.
First President's Award
Each year, RiversEdge West awards $500 to a colleague or organization as part of RiversEdge West's First President's Award. This award is given in memory of Pete Larson, RiversEdge West’s first board president, to honor his dedication to restoring natural resources through education, science, and volunteerism. 
Nominate a colleague or organization for the First President's Award by filling out the form here! The individual or organizational representative that you nominate must be present at the conference to win.  
Email your nomination to Cara at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org before January 20th or submit your nomination form in person to the conference registration table by the end of the afternoon break on Tuesday, February 4th.  
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:

R I V E R    C H A M P I O N    S P O N S O R S 

River Champion sponsors receive three conference registrations, a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and recognition in the Conference Program


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

Cottonwood sponsors receive two conference registrations, a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and recognition in the Conference Program



W I L L O W    S P O N S O R S 

Willow sponsors receive one conference registration and recognition in the Conference Program






S E E D L I N G   S P O N S O R 

Seedling sponsors receive recognition in the Conference Program



Facility and AV support provided by:


RiversEdge West's

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