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Posted on behalf of Travis Olson <<Travis.Olson@doa.state.wi.us>

Restore America's Estuaries
Inaugural National Conference on
Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
April 13-16, 2003
Baltimore, MD
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor
See our website http://www.estuaries.org/ for more information!

Call for Presentations

We invite you to address the first national gathering of the
coastal and estuarine habitat restoration community.

The Inaugural National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat
Restoration will be the first nationwide forum focused solely on the goals
and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration. Restore America'
s Estuaries will host the Conference, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, at
the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel. Incorporating the non-profit,
government, business and academic sectors, the Conference will enable
networking and communication throughout this growing movement.

The purpose of the Conference is to mobilize the coastal and estuarine
habitat restoration community to advance our knowledge, practice, pace and
success in habitat restoration. We will convene people with diverse
perspectives and experiences to focus on setting priorities for, planning
and executing, and monitoring progress of coastal and estuarine habitat
restoration. Program focus will include restoration best practices,
information and resource needs, community outreach, national and regional
policy strategies, funding opportunities, partnerships, and restoration
science and practice - including monitoring, evaluation and adaptive
management. The Conference will address habitat restoration in coastal and
estuarine areas of the United States, including the Great Lakes region, as
well as transboundary initiatives and issues.

Coastal and estuarine habitats, such as sea grass beds, oyster reefs, salt
marshes, mud flats, mangroves, kelp beds, open waters and rocky shores, are
uniquely productive and essential natural systems. They create and nurture
abundant life, and enrich the economies of coastal communities, as well as
the human spirit. Habitat restoration - manipulation of the physical,
chemical or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning
self-sustaining natural or historic structure and functions to former or
degraded habitat - offers great promise for reversing trends of habitat loss
and degradation. The Conference will explore all aspects of coastal and
estuarine habitat restoration.

Conference Themes

All proposals should relate specifically to one or more of the following
conference themes:

Best Practices in Restoration:
The focus of this theme is on-the-ground application of habitat restoration
techniques. Presentations are encouraged that address new restoration
methods or explore case studies that place restoration actions in the
context of site-specific conditions and project goals. Presenters should
discuss both successes and failures, as a complete understanding of the
restoration process depends on learning from both what works and what does
not. Sessions within this theme will cover restoration practices at both
project and regional levels - including techniques such as transplanting
eelgrass, removing eelgrass and creating oyster reefs.

Community Involvement:
Community participation is often a critical component of successful habitat
restoration. The community involvement theme provides an opportunity for
community leaders, teachers, businesses, conservation groups and others to
share successes, frustrations and lessons learned. Suggested topics include,
but are not limited to: building community support for restoration of local
estuaries; forging restoration partnerships among diverse groups; using the
arts and other non-traditional approaches to galvanize community action;
determining whether or not your restoration project is ripe for community
involvement; strategically engaging communities during the planning,
implementation and monitoring stages of restoration; and involving youth in
restoration efforts through schools, outdoor education and volunteer

Planning and Priority-Setting:
Identifying restoration opportunities and priority needs, and designing and
selecting projects that contribute to the goals of restoration plans, is
essential to strategic habitat restoration. This theme focuses on setting
and achieving strategic restoration goals at the project, estuary, watershed
and regional levels of planning. Presentation themes might include: setting
goals that are consistent with diverse estuarine uses, seeking consensus on
goals and priorities, identifying obstacles and adapting goals, and
strategies to achieve time sensitive, high-priority goals. Presentations in
this theme will take a comprehensive look at priority - setting, including
the role of fundraising, communications and partnerships in the planning
process, as well as the effects of organizational structure and political
issues. Examples of successful restoration plans that incorporate some or
all of these factors are encouraged. Proposals that highlight transboundary
initiatives - projects that cross over state or national boundaries - are
encouraged, as are presentations that explore the relationship between
conservation and restoration.

Science and Technology:
This theme highlights how science can be used as a tool to assist in the
restoration planning phase, to develop and execute restoration projects, and
to implement effective monitoring and adaptive management techniques.
Sessions in this theme will illuminate broadly-applicable analyses and
techniques in restoration, including explanations of both restoration
successes and failures. Quantitative and qualitative results of comparative
approaches and empirical testing of theory or hypotheses are encouraged, as
are demonstrations of new, innovative or alternative methods. Examples of
suitable session topics include an analysis of the costs and benefits of sea
grass restoration in Chesapeake Bay from 1990 to 2000; a quantitative
analysis of hydrologic restoration for 12 coastal restoration projects in
Tampa Bay; the role of groundwater flows in six restoration case histories;
and a comparison of reef dimensions for successful oyster restoration
projects. Proposals that highlight both transboundary and multi-year
approaches are encouraged.

Monitoring and Evaluation:
Project and ecosystem level monitoring are critical in determining the
effects of a project and the overall recovery of function within the
watershed. The monitoring of appropriate parameters allows restoration
practitioners to gauge the success of their efforts, enabling midterm
corrections to be applied, and lessons learned to be shared with colleagues
undertaking similar efforts. This theme addresses identification of the best
means of project-level and ecosystem monitoring, development of appropriate
monitoring protocol and standards, and the integration of adaptive
management into restoration work at a variety of scales. Topics may include
methods for assessing change across diverse and variable habitats, the role
of long term reference sites in project and ecosystem monitoring, new
technologies for cost effective data collection, challenges offered by
extreme events, and how to determine project success.

Policy and Funding:
Negotiating the policy and finance mazes associated with habitat restoration
can be among the most challenging aspects of restoration projects. This
theme highlights policies and funding initiatives around the country that
have advanced restoration opportunities. Presentations within this theme
will provide opportunities for groups that have worked to catalyze or shape
policy on the local, state, regional or federal levels to share lessons
learned, and offer tools and suggestions. Presentations will also explore
creative funding opportunities-including unique ways to raise the necessary
"matching" funds.

Conference Audience

This conference will be a seminal gathering of the coastal and estuarine
habitat restoration community, including participants from both public and
private sectors. Non-profit organizations, businesses and corporations from
supporting industries, academic and research institutions, and agencies from
all levels of government will be represented. Restoration project planners,
practitioners, program managers, field staff, regulators, contractors,
consultants, scientists, educators, community leaders, volunteers and others
involved in restoration efforts are all encouraged to participate.

Conference participants will vary widely in terms of areas of interest and
experience level, and we plan to offer presentations of specific interest to
each group. For this reason, it is very important to clearly indicate your
target audience - in terms of both interest area and skill level - in your
proposal. We expect 500 people will attend the conference, and 4-6 sessions
will run concurrently. Some presentations will be designed for smaller
audiences than others, depending on format, so please also indicate the
ideal number of participants for your presentation.

Presentation Format

We encourage proposals for a variety of presentation formats - including
interactive workshops, facilitated discussions, panel presentations,
lectures and outdoor learning opportunities. Conference sessions will last
approximately 90-minutes and may include one or more presentations.
Proposals for shorter presentations are welcome and will be combined with
other topically relevant presentations when appropriate.

If you are proposing an outdoor learning opportunity, please clearly
indicate proposed site and transportation information. Full-day field trips
will be offered on Sunday, April 13th, and half-day outdoor workshops will
be offered on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 15th, concurrent with indoor
conference sessions. We are primarily accepting proposals for the half-day
outdoor workshops, but we also welcome ideas for the full-day field trips on
April 13th.

Audio-visual equipment will be provided as needed. Standard A/V equipment
will include an overhead projector, a screen, and a flip chart or white
board. TV/VCRs, slide projectors, and LCD projectors will be available upon

Call-for-Presentations Timeline:

September 13, 2002 - Proposals due
November, 2002 - Potential speakers are notified of proposal status
January 20, 2003 - Finalized biographical information and presentation
descriptions due
February 14, 2003 - Speaker materials due - including audio-visual needs,
outlines and handouts
March 24, 2003 - PowerPoint presentations due, if applicable

Selection Process

Presenters should submit proposals consisting of the attached form, a brief
description of the presentation (500-word maximum) and the presenter's
qualifications. Please submit a 1-2 paragraph biographical sketch only,
rather than a full resume. A program committee will review proposals in
conjunction with Restore America's Estuaries' staff, and proposals will be
evaluated for their significance to the habitat restoration community,
relevance to conference themes and credentials of presenters. We will notify
presenters of the status of their proposal during November, 2002.

Presenter Responsibilities

Once a presentation has been accepted, presenters are responsible for
providing information to Restore America's Estuaries by the due dates above.
Presenter biographical information and presentation descriptions for the
conference program are due by January 20, 2003. Specific audio-visual needs
and outlines/handouts for the conference proceedings are due by February 14,
2003. All presenters are responsible for registering for the conference and
should be prepared to cover their own registration and travel costs. Some
scholarships may be available. Restore America's Estuaries will not
reimburse presenters for expenses incurred during the preparation of
presentations or for presentation materials.

Current Conference Partners

Conference partners include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources
Conservation Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Coastal
Management Branch, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological
Survey, Coastal America, American Littoral Society, Association of National
Estuary Programs, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal
Louisiana, Coastal States Organization, Conservation Law Foundation,
Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, Dredging Contractors of America,
Ducks Unlimited, Estuarine Research Federation, Galveston Bay Foundation,
Gulf Restoration Network, National Environmental Trust, National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation, North Carolina Coastal Federation, People for Puget
Sound, Save the Bay - Narragansett Bay, Save San Francisco Bay Association,
Save the Sound - Long Island Sound, Tampa Bay Watch, and Tip of the Mitt
Watershed Council.

About Restore America's Estuaries

Restore America's Estuaries, established in 1995, is a nonprofit
organization working to save America's coastal heritage. Its mission is to
preserve the nation's network of estuaries by protecting and restoring the
lands and waters essential to the richness and diversity of coastal life.
Restore America's Estuaries and its affiliate members collectively represent
more than 250,000 citizens in all coastal regions of the United States.
Restore America's Estuaries authored and championed passage of the Estuary
Restoration Act of 2000 - groundbreaking federal legislation providing
strong federal commitment and resources toward a goal of restoring function
to one million acres of estuarine habitat by 2010. Restore America's
Estuaries led in the design of A National Strategy to Restore Coastal and
Estuarine Habitat, and defined and published the Principles of Estuarine
Habitat Restoration in partnership with the Estuarine Research Federation.

If you are interested in sponsoring a session track at the conference,
please contact Rick Bates, Development Director at Restore America's
Estuaries, at (703) 524-0248 or rickbates@estuaries.org

Presentation Proposal for the Inaugural Conference
on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
April 13-16, 2003
Baltimore, MD
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel

I.  Contact Information

E-mail address:
Organization's website address (if applicable):

II.  Proposal Information

Presentation title:

Co-presenter(s) (name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, e-mail address):

Target audience (area of interest, skill level and optimal size):

Presentation format (e.g. lecture, interactive, outdoor learning, panel

Presentation length (90-minute maximum):

Which room set-up would be most effective for your presentation?
_round tables
_classroom (long tables in rows)
_hollow-square (long tables in a square)
_theater (chairs in rows)

Which A/V equipment would be used in your presentation?
Have you given this presentation before?
If so, where and when?

III.  Please attach to this form:
1) Presentation description (500-word maximum)
2) Presenter bio/qualifications  (No resumes, please)

Mail, fax, or e-mail (preferred method) your proposal to:
Heather Bradley, Conference Coordinator
Restore America's Estuaries
3801 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 53
Arlington, VA  22203
(703) 524-0248 (phone)
(703) 524-0287 (fax)

Heather Bradley
Conference Coordinator
Restore America's Estuaries
3801 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 53
Arlington, VA  22203
(703) 524-0248
(703) 524-0287 (fax)

Save the date for the "Inaugural National Conference
on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration"
April 13-16, 2003 - Baltimore, Maryland
Check our website for more details, www.estuaries.org.

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