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 Posted on behalf of Heather Bradley <hbradley@estuaries.org>

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Inaugural National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
Call for Presentations now available!

The Inaugural National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat
Restoration will be held April 13-16, 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Restore
America's Estuaries will host the conference, to be held at the Hyatt
Regency Inner Harbor Hotel.  This will be the first nationwide forum focused
solely on the goals and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat
restoration.  Incorporating the non-profit, government, business and
academic sectors, the Conference will enable networking and communication
throughout this growing movement. Visit our website at www.estuaries.org for
more conference information and the full "Call for Presentations."  Session
proposals are due by September 13, 2002.

The purpose of the Conference is to mobilize the coastal and estuarine
habitat restoration community to advance our knowledge, practice, pace and
success in habitat restoration. We will convene people with diverse
perspectives and experiences to focus on setting priorities for, planning
and executing, and monitoring progress of coastal and estuarine habitat
restoration. The Conference will address habitat restoration in coastal and
estuarine areas of the United States, including the Great Lakes region, as
well as transboundary initiatives and issues.

Conference Audience

This conference will be a seminal gathering of the coastal and estuarine
habitat restoration community, including participants from both public and
private sectors. Non-profit organizations, businesses and corporations from
supporting industries, academic and research institutions, and agencies from
all levels of government will be represented. Restoration project planners,
practitioners, program managers, field staff, regulators, contractors,
consultants, scientists, educators, community leaders, volunteers and others
involved in restoration efforts are all encouraged to submit session
proposals.

Conference Themes

All conference proposals should relate specifically to one or more of the
following conference themes:

Best Practices in Restoration:

The focus of this theme is on-the-ground application of habitat restoration
techniques. Presentations are encouraged that address new restoration
methods or explore case studies that place restoration actions in the
context of site-specific conditions and project goals.

Community Involvement:

The community involvement theme provides an opportunity for community
leaders, teachers, businesses, conservation groups and others to share
successes, frustrations and lessons learned. Suggested topics include, but
are not limited to: building community support for restoration of local
estuaries; forging restoration partnerships among diverse groups; and
involving youth in restoration efforts.

Planning and Priority-Setting:

This theme focuses on setting and achieving strategic restoration goals at
the project, estuary, watershed and regional levels of planning.
Presentation themes might include: setting goals that are consistent with
diverse estuarine uses, seeking consensus on goals and priorities,
identifying obstacles and adapting goals, and strategies to achieve time
sensitive, high-priority goals.

Science and Technology:

This theme highlights how science can be used as a tool to assist in the
restoration planning phase, to develop and execute restoration projects, and
to implement effective monitoring and adaptive management techniques.
Sessions in this theme will illuminate broadly-applicable analyses and
techniques in restoration, including explanations of both restoration
successes and failures.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Project and ecosystem level monitoring are critical in determining the
effects of a project and the overall recovery of function within the
watershed.  This theme addresses identification of the best means of
project-level and ecosystem monitoring, development of appropriate
monitoring protocol and standards, and the integration of adaptive
management into restoration work at a variety of scales.

Policy and Funding:

This theme highlights policies and funding initiatives around the country
that have advanced restoration opportunities. Presentations within this
theme will provide opportunities for groups that have worked to catalyze or
shape policy on the local, state, regional or federal levels to share
lessons learned, and offer tools and suggestions.

Current Conference Partners

Conference partners include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources
Conservation Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Coastal
Management Branch, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological
Survey, Coastal America, American Littoral Society, Association of National
Estuary Programs, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal
Louisiana, Coastal States Organization, Conservation Law Foundation,
Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, Dredging Contractors of America,
Ducks Unlimited, Estuarine Research Federation, Galveston Bay Foundation,
Gulf Restoration Network, National Environmental Trust, National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation, North Carolina Coastal Federation, People for Puget
Sound, Save the Bay - Narragansett Bay, Save San Francisco Bay Association,
Save the Sound - Long Island Sound, Tampa Bay Watch, and Tip of the Mitt
Watershed Council.

For more information, contact Heather Bradley, Conference Coordinator, at
703-524-0248, or hbradley@estuaries.org.



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