Potential Session Topics

Below are some potential topics that will be explored at the conference. If you plan to propose a session or submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please don't feel limited to these topical areas. NCER seeks to capture all emerging issues and ideas, and welcomes diverse perspectives.

Collaborative Landscape-Scale Restoration
  • Examples: Connecting restoration from watersheds and headwaters to the coast, determining benefits of restoration projects to larger landscapes, developing landscape-scale goals and ecological metrics
Ecosystem or Geography-Based Technical Sessions
  • Examples: Restoring old-growth forest characteristics to previously harvested forests, restoring habitat for sage grouse in western lands, reintroducing salmon into areas previously blocked by dams
Engagement of Non-Traditional Partners
  • Examples: Partnering with tribes to restore salmon habitat, incorporating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), working with hydropower operators to reduce ecological impacts, working with farmers to create functional habitat
Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships
  • Examples: Working with industry to expand the restoration funding portfolio, restoration on private lands
Linking Science to Decision-Making
  • Examples: Promoting actionable science, formal decision-making processes (e.g., Structured Decision Making)
Public Engagement and Education
  • Examples: Working with schools, implementing public outreach campaigns that increase restoration momentum
Restoration Challenges in Today’s Economic and Political Landscape
  • Example: Creating restoration programs that are resilient through leadership changes at all levels-local to national and beyond
Restoration in a Changing Climate
  • Examples: Implementing climate-smart conservation and restoration, designing restoration projects to incorporate anticipated future conditions
Restoration for People and Communities
  • Example: Incorporating benefits for communities in restoration planning and success metrics
Strategic Science Communication
  • Examples: Communicating the need for and importance of restoration, communicating science to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public
Urban and Suburban Restoration
  • Examples: urban greening, restoring urban rivers and streams
Other Emerging Restoration Topics
  • What other emerging restoration topics do you want to highlight at NCER?

When developing your session or presentation concept, keep in mind a key focus of NCER 2020 is how methods and approaches in the information presented 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; and be
  • Communicated in a strategic manner to a range of restoration practitioners.

NCER presenters should target their message for the ecosystem restoration community of practice (scientists, engineers, managers) as their primary audience. Thus, presentations should go beyond just providing technical information and project updates to link science to decision-making. Examples may include targeting presentations of restoration information as it relates to providing services to people and communities (e.g., mitigating extent of environmental disasters, provide socio-economic benefits, water resources to project beneficiaries, etc.). Presentations on ecosystem restoration that is ecosystem-type or geographic-based should include attention on transferability, scalability, and utility within this larger strategic communication context.

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