April 25-27, 2017
The conference is sold out. We are no longer offering online registration or on-site tickets in Wenatchee.
Wenatchee Convention Center Wenatchee, WA
Can you imagine Washington State without salmon?
When salmon got listed, the state of Washington and many tribal nations supported the unprecedented establishment of regional salmon recovery organizations and lead entities, the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to guide locally driven salmon recovery.
Seventeen years in, these organizations now coordinate the work of thousands of people across our state to restore our rivers, streams, forests, and shorelines. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board has funded more than 2,000 community-based projects, and invested almost $500 million across the state, demonstrating that habitat restoration and improved fish passage do in fact help salmon populations.
But it’s not enough. We continue to face an uphill battle for salmon recovery, made even steeper by increasing pressures from a growing human population and the impacts of climate change.
What will it take to fully implement the recovery plans and realize salmon recovery and all the additional benefits that it provides our communities?
What do we know today that we didn’t know when we launched this effort?
- What are our priorities for the next 15 years?
These are the questions we seek to address at the 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference. Will you add your voice, experience, and knowledge to the dialogue?
We are at a critical point in the journey. The 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference can help set the direction for the next 15 years. Be a part of it!
Who Attends the Conference?
Since 2007, the Salmon Recovery Conference has grown from a one-day event attended by 300 people to its current format of 2.5 days and over 750 attendees. Participants include:
- Salmon recovery project managers
- Staff from land trusts, fishery enhancement groups, watershed councils, and conservation districts
- Tribal members and staff
- State, federal, city, and county employees
- Hatchery workers, fishing professionals, sport fishers
- Fish scientists, restoration ecologists, wetland biologists, project engineers, hydrologists
- Educators, students, community volunteers
- Others active in salmon recovery in Washington, Oregon, and along the Pacific Coast.
The conference will begin at 8 a.m. on April 25 and wrap up by 12:30 p.m. on April 27. See the agenda.
Since 2007, the Salmon Recovery Conference has grown from a one-day event attended by 300 people to its current format of 2.5 days and over 750 attendees.
Breakout sessions will be two hours. We encourage excellent and engaging presentations that speak to the diverse experiences of the people attending the conference.
Most sessions will be standard format, with up to eight 15-minute presentations (10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for Q & A) on a common subject or theme. A session lead will welcome the audience, introduce the speakers, and coordinate the session including keeping time throughout.
Panel discussions are less structured than a standard format session, with panelists offering brief (3-5 minute) comments about the topic, and then responding to each other and to audience inquiries throughout the session.
Posters should be a maximum of 45” wide by 45” tall and use graphic elements such as charts, tables, graphs, photos, or drawings along with text. Simplicity makes more of an impact on the viewer than a cluttered poster with a lot of tiny text.
You will have a 4-foot x 4-foot bulletin board area to mount your poster. Poster presenters are expected to be available to discuss their posters with conference participants during the poster session (likely the late afternoon of the first or second day of the conference) and, if possible, during breaks over the course of the conference.
Representatives from the following organizations serve on the conference advisory committee:
Salmon Recovery Funding Board
Recreation and Conservation Office
Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
Washington Salmon Coalition
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups
Council of Regions
Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board
Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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