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Plenary Sessions

The conference will include three plenary sessions in which regional speakers have been invited to address timely issues pertaining to monitoring and ecological restoration. Each of the speakers will address the conference theme from a different angle, with the goals of stimulating discussion among the conference participants and setting the stage for the technical sessions and symposia.


The Changing Role of History in Ecological Restoration

Eric Higgs, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

The emergence of hybrid and novel ecosystems forces a reconsideration of the role of history in ecological restoration. Are ecosystems changing so much and so quickly (climate change, nitrogen deposition, invasive species) that historical knowledge is no longer relevant in setting goals? Or, must we shift how we think about history to provide new insights for guiding restoration?






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Leading the conversation – using core knowledge to guide restoration and natural resource management designs.

Karen Bennett, Pacific Northwest Regional Soil Scientist, US Forest Service

Many natural resource professionals are hired to “manage” a specific resource, yet we often find that our predominant role is to “mitigate” the impacts of natural resource extraction or development activities.  It’s time to alter the discourse from one of minimizing the impacts of predetermined project designs to one of using our core knowledge of inherent landscape capabilities to design projects that meet integrated, long-term management objectives. This talk focuses on the need to alter the foundation of our participation in natural resource management and to lead the conversation.




Rx Restoration: Can restoration be a prescription for resilient communities?

Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership

There is evidence that restoration can improve human health, create economic value, and save energy. So why isn’t restoration a “must have” now? Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership’s Executive Director, will talk about how the restoration community can engage new communities and help decisionmakers treat restoration as part of this country’s critical infrastructure. He’ll bring Oregon examples of hospitals funding tree planting to reduce chronic disease, utilities restoring streams instead of pouring concrete water treatment, and the possibilities presented by better, faster, cheaper data to improve policy and action.

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