National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

NCER 2020

2020 Vision: Focusing Restoration for Success Across Diverse Landscapes

The National Conference on Ecoststem Restoration (NCER) will be held on August 2 – 6, 2020, in Portland, Oregon at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach on the Columbia River.

You are invited to submit an abstract for a talk or poster. Abstracts are due Friday, February 7. The abstract template and submission instructions are posted here.

All presenters are asked to show how methods and approaches used in their work can be:

  • Transferred for use in other regions or ecosystem types
  • Utilized in eliminating issues of uncertainty in restoration implementation
  • Scaled for use in smaller and/or larger restoration projects
  • Communicated in a strategic manner to a range of restoration practitioners

Discussion periods are scheduled at the end of each session so you can ask questions and explore how the work presented can be applied to your area of practice.

Announcing NCER Plenary Sessions

In addition to breakouts with technical presentations, NCER features daily plenaries addressing the many pressing challenges restoration professionals face across the country. We are pleased to announce an impressive lineup of accomplished individuals who will inform us, inspire us, and sharpen our vision for future restoration success across diverse landscapes.

Monday, August 3, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Plenary
Our opening keynote speakers – Hilary Franz, the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands and Jerry Franklin, a world-renowned forest ecologist who has been called “the father of new forestry” will welcome attendees and introduce us to the geography, geology, climate and hydrology of the Pacific Northwest.

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific Northwest Regional Plenary
After the morning break, a Regional Plenary features four presentations on floodplains, salmon, fire, and first foods to show how understanding the human dimensions of degradation and restoration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems is critical for successful ecosystem restoration. The geographic scope encompasses the Columbia River and Salish Sea basins, and the Pacific coast watersheds of Oregon and Washington. While this plenary is focused on the Pacific Northwest, there will be plenty of time to discuss how these efforts can be applied to your region and the broader NCER community.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Prioritizing Ecosystem Restoration on Expanding Scales
At all scales, programs must implement restoration intelligently to maximize the benefits of unlimited funding. Prioritization includes what actions and where. This session provides examples and lessons learned from Prioritizing restoration investments to address the diverse challenges we face.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Storytelling, Visualization, and Strategic Communications
Sustainable restoration programs depend on developing and maintaining support from funders, policymakers, and communities — people. Restoration partnerships are increasingly working with storytellers who draw upon human dimensions and social science to deliver powerful messages across diverse types of media. Three compelling presenters will share how strategic communication is accelerating the pace of restoration across Norther America.

Thursday, August 6, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Partnerships and Mechanisms to Develop Sustainable Funding
To address restoration at the scale of challenges we face, we must increase the geographic scope of our efforts to support resources, habitat, and species that cross geopolitical boundaries. This plenary session shares innovative strategies used to create long-term partnerships and sustainably fund restoration at scale.

Check out the Detailed Plenary Speaker Lineup here

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