This prestigious conference is brought to you by AquAlliance and will be held on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday April 12, 2018 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Field trips to explore some magnificent local sites will take place on Friday, April 13th.
The conference will assist planners, agency staff, ranchers, conservationists, and builders to understand the importance of the vernal pool ecosystem and what mechanisms exist or are currently under development to protect it. We highly encourage student attendance.
Eminent scholars, agency representatives, and other professionals will present research and case studies regarding plants, animals, and microbe species dependent on vernal pool landscapes, conservation efforts, legal cases, and management techniques that have been used to enhance the economic and biological viability of certain lands.
California has lost 95% of the estimated five million acres of wetlands that were present in the 1780’s (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2000). With urban expansion and the conversion of grasslands to intensive agriculture, vernal pool landscapes continue to be lost at an alarming rate.