Planning for the 2020 Keystone Coldwater Conference is well underway, and proposals are now being accepted for presentations and posters. The conference will be held on February 28-29, 2020 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. The conference theme is “Coldwater Resource Conservation and Education: Resilience in a Changing Environment.” A primary objective of the conference is to promote collaboration and an exchange of ideas among diverse groups with shared interests in conservation of coldwater resources.
Conference Topics: Proposals are welcome on topics related both to today’s challenges to conservation, protection, restoration and stewardship of coldwater resources and to examples of success in meeting these goals. We welcome presentations that address such challenges as a changing climate, impacts of new and proposed policy changes, threats associated with exotic and invasive species, water quality and habitat impacts associated with development, as well as projects directed at conserving and restoring coldwater resources and their watersheds. We also are interested in proposals about successful, innovative and non-traditional education, and outreach and stewardship initiatives for both youth and adults.
We want to hear about: -Current Research -Successful on-the-ground projects -Effective monitoring efforts -Community stewardship successes -Outreach and advocacy efforts and outcomes -Unique approaches to environmental education -Innovative funding sources and partnerships -Measuring and building upon successes
Target Audience: Conference attendees include representatives from the entire spectrum of the conservation community – conservation organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, and business and industry. Upwards of 200 people typically attend the conference.
Sessions and Speaker Information: Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes, with at least 10 minutes for questions and answers. One speaker for each presentation will receive a free conference registration.
Poster Session and Student Poster Contest: There will also be a poster session on the evening of February 28. Trout Unlimited Chapters, watershed organizations, agency staff, students, and any other groups that have research projects to share with the conference participants are invited to present a poster. A separate Student Poster Contest for university and college students will be held. Do not use the form below for student poster submissions. A separate announcement will appear on www.coldwaterconference.org in November.