Riparian Restoration Conference

Tamarisk Coalition and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University
February 6th, 2018 to February 7th, 2018
University Center
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Join Tamarisk Coalition and the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University for the 16th annual Riparian Restoration Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado, a premier destination on Colorado’s Western Slope.  

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View the Draft Agenda or the full Program.

Despite the name, Tamarisk Coalition's annual conference is not just about tamarisk; attendees and presentations cover the gamut of all things riparian!  Connection, collaboration, and innovation abound at this yearly gathering. Join us February 6-8, 2018 for:
  • Novel presentations covering all things riparian. A few of the session topics include
    • Large-scale planning considerations, emerging research on tamarisk, Russian olive, and other riparian vegetation, restoring for wildlife, remote sensing, mapping and technological advancements, adapting to changing climates and planning for healthy river systems, community and partnership engagement, and more!
  • Four interactive panels covering:
    1. Grazing: panelists will explore grazing policy on public lands and riparian management practices on private lands, with an emphasis on conservation and restoration practices beneficial to riparian ecosystems and landowners/land managers alike;
    2. Selenium Impacts to Restoration: panelists will discuss the impacts/ramifications of selenium on riparian and wetland restoration;
    3. Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Private Funding: learn how to fundraise for your projects and effectively connect with funders and donors, and;
    4. The Escalante River Watershed Partnership: panelists will cover the journey of engaging private landowners, public lands managers, and highlight the value they’ve seen in matching the workforce to the project to achieve lasting outcomes.
  • Three field trip options, including a: 
    • Hands-on demonstration of EDDMapS;
    • Fundraising workshop aimed to help you master common challenges to private fundraising, and in keeping up with our tradition, a;
    • Tour of the Palisade Insectary
  • Ample time to connect with those in your field:  
    • Enjoy a happy hour on the first night with over 20 poster presenters, exhibitors, and free beer and wine 
    • Return to our local watering hole, Baron's Bar and Grill, for the second evening. You won't want to miss it!  
  • Continuing Education Credits: The conference has been approved for continuing education credits from the:​
  • Special fundraising consultations:
    • Schedule a time with Illene Roggensack of Third Sector Innovations, consultant to the TC Restore Our Rivers Initiative, for a one-on-one session to discuss your organization’s specific challenges, needs, and next steps.  Invest an hour as part of your conference to tap the assistance of a professional with the expertise to help you with your biggest concerns in fundraising, board development, strategic planning or other aspects of organizational development. 
    • Email Illene Roggensack at to set up a time.
Who should attend?
River restoration professionals, land managers, scientists, non-profit organizations, watershed groups, private landowners, consultants, students, river enthusiasts, biologists, YOU!
  Early (before 1/6/18) Late (starting 1/7/18)


$285 $310
Non-Member $310 $335
Student $80 $100
One Day $200 $225

Other conference Details:

Abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted until December 31, 2017.  
Click here for poster abstract details.  Abstracts should be sent to following the abstract guidelines in the attached document.
What Attendees are Saying:
  • "Having the opportunity to attend the Tamarisk Coalition conference this year was a fantastic experience. Because I work in a local watershed group tackling tamarisk and Russian-olive is a big part of my job, and the conference provided a valuable insight into the best practices and methods to reach our goals. This included sessions that not only covered the science of removing invasive species but also, covered important organizational tasks like how to recruit volunteers or raise money for our non-profit."  - Non-profit staff member
  • “It is just inspirational and invigorating being around so many people doing similar work.  It was especially helpful meeting people who work in similar organizations but in different places” - Non-profit/Watershed Group Manager
  • “[The Conference] provides a broad range of information and new research that is applicable to a variety of audiences including private landowners” - Private Landowner
  • “I am walking away with a sense of how to foster collaboration at a watershed scale” - Student
  • “Learning about the quantity of research on riparian restoration was the most valuable to me.  It gave me some hope” - Land Manager
  • “I got to learn about restoration strategies that they just do not teach in school” - Scholarship recipient
  • “Getting a big picture view is critical when working in a small community.  These contacts will provide a wealth of information and inspiration!”
  • “It is easy to get down these days in our field.  I realized a lot of exciting things that were going on and that I need to push a bit harder.”
  • “This was my first conference in the area and the variety of attendees was fantastic; representatives from commercial companies, non-profits, cooperatives, academics, and state/federal agencies were all present.”
  • “I live in a rural town where it is difficult to convene with so many experts/practitioners/scientists/agency representatives.  The simple opportunity to meet and talk with people was hugely beneficial.”
Sponsors & Partners:

Tamarisk Coalition's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.