Riparian Restoration Conference

Tamarisk Coalition
February 6th, 2018 to February 8th, 2018
University Center
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Join Tamarisk Coalition for the 16th annual Riparian Restoration Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado, a premier destination on Colorado’s Western Slope.  

Register Here.

Despite the name, Tamarisk Coalition's annual conference is not just about tamarisk; attendees and presentations cover the gamut of all things riparian!  Connection, collaboration, and innovation abound at this yearly gathering. A draft agenda will be released at the end of November, please check back soon.
Along with taking in the breathtaking red rock scenery and outdoor adventure that Grand Junction has to offer, you'll network with your peers and learn about the latest advancements in riparian restoration, ranging from local to regional initiatives as highlighted in case studies and success stories addressing the challenges of restoration, funding, planning, monitoring, and implementation. Novel tools, techniques, and research will be also be discussed.
Who should attend?
River restoration professionals, land managers, scientists, non-profit organizations, watershed groups, private landowners, consultants, students, river enthusiasts, biologists, YOU!
  Early (before 1/6/18) Late (starting 1/7/18)


$285 $310
Non-Member $310 $335
Student $80 $100
One Day $200 $225

A limited number of scholarships are available.  Click here for scholarship information (scholarship deadline is December 18, 2017).

Other conference Details:
Abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted until December 31, 2017.  
Click here for details.  Abstracts should be sent to following the abstract guidelines in the attached document.
Session topics discussing case studies, lessons learned, research or practical applications typically include:
  • Restoration resources and challenges (e.g. post-fire resources in tamarisk and Russian olive, working with challenging soils)
  • Adaptation (e.g. responses to changing climate and ecosystems)
  • Revegetation techniques (e.g. cottonwood and willow survival, strategies for successful reseeding of native grasses)
  • Riparian grazing management (e.g. best practices and challenges with grazing in riparian areas)
  • Russian olive management and other invasives
  • Technology (e.g. databases, mapping, using drones)
  • Private lands (e.g. fee for service, engagement)
  • Community (e.g. stewardship, urban restoration, diversifying volunteer groups, changing volunteer patterns, citizen science projects and engagement strategies)
  • Biocontrol (e.g. tamarisk beetle)
  • Permitting (e.g. endangered species, status updates)
  • Restoring for wildlife (e.g. tools to prioritize restoration for wildlife, long-term monitoring/evaluation efforts)
  • Funding (e.g. capacity building, new funding initiatives, donor development)
  • Partnerships (e.g. addressing staff turnover, defining goals, creating project synergy between state/local agencies and federal agencies)
  • River and stream aspects (e.g. flow regime, channel dynamics, native and invasive vegetation, geomorphology, sedimentation and water quality)
Check back for the 2018 RRC agenda, to be released mid-December of 2017 or view the past agenda from 2017 or 2016.  Please direct any questions about the conference to Cara at
What Attendees are Saying:
  • "Having the opportunity to attend the Tamarisk Coalition conference this year was a fantastic experience. Because I work in a local watershed group tackling tamarisk and Russian-olive is a big part of my job, and the conference provided a valuable insight into the best practices and methods to reach our goals. This included sessions that not only covered the science of removing invasive species but also, covered important organizational tasks like how to recruit volunteers or raise money for our non-profit."  - Non-profit staff member
  • “It is just inspirational and invigorating being around so many people doing similar work.  It was especially helpful meeting people who work in similar organizations but in different places” - Non-profit/Watershed Group Manager
  • “[The Conference] provides a broad range of information and new research that is applicable to a variety of audiences including private landowners” - Private Landowner
  • “I am walking away with a sense of how to foster collaboration at a watershed scale” - Student
  • “Learning about the quantity of research on riparian restoration was the most valuable to me.  It gave me some hope” - Land Manager
  • “I got to learn about restoration strategies that they just do not teach in school” - Scholarship recipient
  • “Getting a big picture view is critical when working in a small community.  These contacts will provide a wealth of information and inspiration!”
  • “It is easy to get down these days in our field.  I realized a lot of exciting things that were going on and that I need to push a bit harder.”
  • “This was my first conference in the area and the variety of attendees was fantastic; representatives from commercial companies, non-profits, cooperatives, academics, and state/federal agencies were all present.”
  • “I live in a rural town where it is difficult to convene with so many experts/practitioners/scientists/agency representatives.  The simple opportunity to meet and talk with people was hugely beneficial.”
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Tamarisk Coalition's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.