[PCA] Spring 2021 Conferences and Webinars that may be of Interest

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Mon Apr 12 19:48:20 CDT 2021

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NatureServe: Biodiversity without Boundaries 2021 Conference
Dates: April 26-May 5

What will you learn?
Join for four days of sessions featuring leading scientists, policy makers, biodiversity, & conservation scientists and other professionals who strive to ensure shared lands and waters are thriving now and in the future. Working with all sectors of society, from scientific research institutions and government agencies to non-profit organization and private industry. NatureServe's role of connecting science with conservation has never been more in-demand. This year the conference will explore topics showcasing the latest data, tools, and technology to support decision-making, Most importantly, speakers will highlight hot new initiatives and collaborations with the Network and stakeholders will advance the shared mission to solidify NatureServe and the Network at the core of conservation in the areas of which they operate

More info and registration here<https://www.natureserve.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=44>

SER 2021: A New Global Trajectory Catalyzing Change Through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; The 9th World Conference on Ecosystem Restoration
Dates: June 21-24, 2021

What will you learn?

As we enter the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration there has never been a more important time to bring together scientists, academics, researchers and experts from the fields of rehabilitation and environmental restoration, alongside practitioners and industry leaders to tackle the vast environmental challenges that we face today. This four-day meeting will bring together restoration professionals and students from around the world and provide a lively forum for networking and knowledge exchange. We invite participants from across the field of ecological restoration, including academics, researchers, practitioners, students, artists, economists, advocates, legislators, regulators, and others who support the field to join us virtually to connect, learn, and work towards catalyzing global change as we start the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Register here<http://www.ser2021.org/registration-0>

Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) Northwest Series: Inclusion in Ecological Restoration; Tribal Leadership and Sovereignty, and Restoration Planning (Recorded)
Speaker: Dezarae Hayes, Sound Transit Director of Tribal Relations, and the Director of Transportation for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Watch here<https://www.ser.org/news/558315/>

SER: Rocky Mountains Webinar: Tree Regeneration Following Wildfires in High Elevation Forests of the Southern Rocky Mountains (Recording)
What will you learn?
Across the Western United States, wildfires are increasingly posing significant risks to ecosystems and society, largely due to climate warming, increases in human, past land management practices, and increasing development in the wildland urban interface (WUI). Notably, this past an unprecedented series of large wildfires burned extensively in areas of subalpine forest in the Southern Rocky Mountains. To provide insight into how these forests may respond, here I will review recent research that examines the drivers of post-fire regeneration in Colorado’s subalpine forests and the implications for forest management.

Speaker: Sarah Hart, Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University

Watch here<https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6699715088494929421>

SER: Kukulu Ke Ea A Kanaloa - Restoring the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve
Wednesday, May 5, 2021; 7:00-8:00PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour

What will you learn?
Paul Higashino will be discussing the past and present restoration efforts on island, as well as future directions for the work. Paul will share the innovative and unconventional planting methods one must employ when attempting to reforest a former bombing range, where digging into the ground is impossible.  He will also discuss the use of erosion control devices, like gabions and wattles, in areas of hardpan to help slow the flow of water and minimize sedimentation in the nearby marine ecosystems.

Speaker: Paul Higashino, Restoration Program Manager with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission

Register here<https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7984062315958114831>

SER: Invasive Japanese knotweed (Retnoutria japonica Houtt.) and related knotweeds as catalysts for streambank erosion
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021; 10-11AM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour

What will you learn?
Once established, knotweed s.l. can displace riparian plants, meaning that soil stability once provided by displaced roots is lost, carrying significant knock-on implications for watershed management. They propose that knotweed s.l. rhizomes both displace roots and the structure they provide to soil, and also amplify bank-erosion forces, especially during floods. Further, erosive forces create vegetative propagules, with larger flow events creating larger numbers of propagules and providing the vector for short- and long-distance downstream spread within the watershed. Induced erosion is therefore the main driver of knotweed s.l. invasions along waterways. As some hydrological regimes shift towards more frequent and severe storm events in response to climate change, positive feedback loops may develop in these regions between existing knotweed s.l. populations, sudden riverbank failure, and increased flood-related damage, with presumably significant impacts on riparian infrastructure. While the continued spread of this invasive could have significant riparian flood resiliency consequences if left unchecked, mindful action to control these plants is likely to be beneficial financially, socially, and ecologically within any invaded watershed.

Register here<https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3382144358832723213>
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