2010 Restoring the West Conference

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Register for USU’s 2010 Restoring the West Conference

Registration is in progress for the 2010 Restoring the West Conference slated for Oct. 26-27 at Utah State University’s Eccles Conference Center. Discounts are offered for students, landowners and participants registering by Oct. 4.

“Managing Plant and Animal Conflicts” is the theme for this year’s gathering, which features talks and workshops led by scientists and land managers from throughout the western United States.

Fred Provenza“This year’s conference examines management conflicts between animal populations and the plant communities they inhabit,” says Darren McAvoy, conference co-chair and USU Forestry Extension program associate. “Talks will focus on such topics as increasing elk populations, decreasing deer populations and the return of wolves to the landscapes of the Intermountain West. We see this gathering as an opportunity to explore, debate and propose solutions to contentious issues.”

Keynote speakers for the conference are USU emeritus professor Fred Provenza, recipient of the university’s 2010 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award, and Terry Bowyer, professor and chair of biological science at Idaho State University. While at USU, Provenza was a leader in the Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation and Ecosystem Management (BEHAVE) program. BEHAVE is a research and outreach program focused on principles that govern animals’ diets and habitat selection. The team’s aim is to enable people who manage land and animals to understand animal and human behavior to help reconcile differences and manage landscapes.

Cost to attend the two-day Restoring the West conference is $120 if registration is received by Oct. 4 and $140 after that date. Cost for students is $30 if registration is Terry Bowyerreceived by Oct. 4 and $40 after that date. Cost for landowners is $60 if registration is received by Oct. 4 and $70 thereafter. Conference cost includes materials, lunch and breaks on both days and a reception.

For registration information, visit restoringthewest.org or call USU Conference Registration Services at 1-800-538-2663 or 435-797-0423. For more complete information, please see the conference website http://restoringthewest.org/.

The gathering includes a poster session on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. The final abstract submission deadline for the poster session is Oct. 8. For poster submission guidelines, contact Darren McAvoy at darren.mcavoy@usu.edu or 435-797-0560.

Sponsors for this year’s conference include USU Department of Wildland Resources, USU College of Natural Resources, USU Ecology Center, U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry, USU Extension Forestry and the Western Aspen Alliance.