Collaborative Conservation in the Urban Landscape
Capacity: 150 (1% booked)
You are invited to attend a one-day conference focusing on the greater Forest Park ecosystem.
This is your chance to learn about the ecology and restoration efforts in the area and to meet others who share your interests. others
This conference will highlight the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative (GFPCI), a 20-year, collaborative strategy to restore and protect over 15,000 acres of public and private land within the greater Forest Park ecosystem. Spearheaded by the Forest Park Conservancy in cooperation with public and non-profit agencies, the GFPCI addresses the serious threats to the health of this critical ecosystem.
Come learn about the work by public, private and non-profit partners that are working to protect and restore our urban landscape right here in Portland! Speakers will be sharing their work on four main topics, including s treams and watershed health, wildlife and connectivity, forest health and community engagement.
Agenda for the 2017 Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative Conference
8:00 am Registration
8:30 Welcoming Remarks - Renee Myers, Forest Park Conservancy, Paul Ries, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Kendra Petersen-Morgan, Portland Parks & Recreation, Jeff Merrill, Metro, Jim Cathcart, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
9:00 Keynote Address: Collaborative Conservation in the Urban Landscape - Doug Decker, retired State Forester for Oregon and local Portland historian, will share thoughts about our conference theme.
10:00 Streams and Watershed Health - Water is the lifeblood of the greater Forest Park ecosystem. Speakers will highlight issues and projects focused on protecting and improving hydrologic processes and water quality in area streams to safeguard watershed functions and human health.
11:00 Wildlife and Connectivity - An important part of the GFPCI is to maintain and protect native wildlife diversity by improving connectivity between Forest Park, the Tualatin Mountains, the Coast Range, and the Willamette River
1:00 pm Forest Health - This afternoon session will provide a glimpse into successful restoration projects on public and private land that link people with their urban forest landscapes and enhance native habitat.
2:00 Community Engagement - People working together to advance conservation efforts is key to the success of the GFPCI. Speakers will highlight projects and opportunities for collaborative work in the region.
3:00 Conclusion Session – Renee Myers, Executive Director of the Forest Park Conservancy, will lead the attendees in a wrap-up session discussing the day’s highlights and future opportunities for the GFPCI.
3:30 Conference Adjourns
COST: Early registration Before May 1st: $50 * After May 1st: $60 * Student Registration: $25