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EPA Symposium, July 1998



***Please Note: The Great Lakes region is one of this symposium's focus
areas.*** 

                      Ecosystem Restoration:
                                
             A National Symposium to Bring Together
                     Ecosystem Restoration
                 Practitioners and Researchers
                                
                        July 29-31, 1998
          Baltimore Marriott Hotel, Baltimore Maryland
                                
                       CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
(Due to schedule change, the revised due date for
abstracts is April 6, 1998)
                            U.S. EPA
               Office of Research and Development
          National Risk Management Research Laboratory
         Center for Environmental Research Information
                                
The EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory wishes to bring
together ecosystem restoration researchers and practitioners for a
mutually beneficial symposium to share information and experiences about
recent and ongoing projects, and to develop a set of common ideas and
goals for future work. Participants will hear technical presentations on
the current state-of-the-art in both research and real-world
applications. The symposium will focus on some key questions, such as:
What are the actual field experiences that can help
researchers more accurately focus their research? What are the latest
research findings that can help practitioners in their efforts to
restore damaged ecosystems? Of the actual techniques ecosystem
restoration practitioners now use, which ones work best, in which
situation and why? For specific ecoregions, what are the problems that
restoration should address? What are the research needs that should be
addressed?

The symposium will highlight ecosystem restoration activities in six
national priority areas:
     Mid-Atlantic/Chesapeake Bay
     South Florida
     Gulf of Mexico
     Great Lakes
     Great Plains
     Pacific Northwest

However, one goal of the symposium is to expose participants to the full
breadth of ecosystem restoration research and practices, including those
currently underway or recently completed. Therefore, all ecosystem
restoration researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit an
abstract for consideration. 

Presentations will reflect a wide range of ecosystem restoration
practices and approaches. Although the general focus of the symposium
will be on watershed approaches to ecosystem restoration, other contexts
also will be considered. Papers in the areas of terrestrial restoration,
aquatic restoration, and restoration of the land-water interface are
encouraged.

You are cordially invited and encouraged to participate in the
symposium. The symposium will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Hotel in
Baltimore, Maryland on July 29-31, 1998. You are encouraged to
contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. Interested
individuals should submit a one page, single spaced abstract, between
200 and 500 words, on or before April 6, 1998. You will receive
notification of selection by April 17, 1998. Your abstract should
include:
     paper title
     author(s)
     presenter
     objectives and brief overview of content

Submit abstracts to:
ATTN: Lisa Kulujian/SAIC
700 Elkins Ave., Ste. F3
Elkins Park, PA 19027
                       Fax (215) 635-9060
                          or via email
                 lisa.k.kulujian@cpmx.saic.com
For additional information, contact Sue Schock (513-569-7551) or Dan
Murray (513-569- 7522) at EPA's Center for Environmental Research
Information.

For information about CERI:
http://www.epa.gov/ttbnrmrl/ceri.htm
A note about the term "ecorestoration":
      Ecosystem restoration is the science of managing or manipulating
ecological and anthropogenic interactions with the intention of creating
an ecosystem that resembles naturally occurring ecosystems. The
resemblance should focus on the critical elements of landscape
juxtaposition, community structure and function, and energy flow.  An
integral component of an ecosystem restoration activity is an
understanding of the local water cycle, the interconnection of
precipitation, surface and ground water, recharge and discharge, and
storage.  Improved techniques to measure and monitor these components
can help diagnose problems and suggest solutions.