2013 Upper Columbia Science Conference Call for Abstract

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) is pleased to announce the 2013 Upper Columbia Science Conference being held November 13-14, 2013 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in downtown Wenatchee, Washington. Science themes will focus on issues that pertain to listed fish species and their habitat in the Upper Columbia region. The theme of this year's conference is "Salmon Recovery Science in Practice."
Science plays a critical role in the continued process of implementation and evaluation of our regional salmon and steelhead recovery plan. Communication and understanding of current scientific findings amongst scientists, project implementers, and managers is essential to our success. The 2013 Upper Columbia Science Conference is an opportunity to forge and strengthen relationships among various practitioners within the salmon recovery community and the Columbia Basin at large, and to provide a forum for the exchange and discussion of information and key issues.

  • Information on spring Chinook, steelhead, bull trout, and lamprey
  • Monitoring the effects of habitat restoration
  • Integrated modeling
  • Restoration strategies and practices
  • Hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower
  • Emerging issues (e.g. climate change, aquatic invasive species, and food webs)

All abstract must be submitted electronically by Monday, September 16th at 5pm through http://www.ucscience.org/index.php?conference=2013conf&schedConf=2013conf

After abstracts are approved notifications of acceptance and assignment to specific sessions will be sent out by September 30th and accepted speakers must register and confirm their attendance by October 7th.

Salmon Recovery Science in Practice

The Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan is built on a solid foundation of science. It relies on ongoing monitoring and research efforts in the Upper Columbia for planning and prioritizing future implementation, and for evaluating and understanding the benefits of past accomplishments. An ongoing regional challenge is the incorporation of science into the decision-making process and the integration of science into recovery plan implementation. Long-term or broad-scale research and monitoring can be difficult to interpret or apply at the project scale of restoration. The focus of this year’s Upper Columbia Science Conference is to explore the science that is being generated in the region, or is applicable to the region, and facilitate discussion about how and if this science can be used in the practice of salmon recovery efforts.