REGISTER NOW for our 45th conference on the campus of Indiana University, October 23-25, 2018. The conference venue will be the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), and conference accommodations will be at the historic Biddle Hotel, which is part of the IMU complex.

This year’s theme is Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas. Environmental change is dramatically impacting the resilience of natural areas and their ability to rebound from disturbance while maintaining biologically important features, and continuing to provide fundamental support to human health. Regardless of region or type, the hope for natural areas rests on planned actions that promote resilient systems in the face of daunting environmental change. 

This annual event is three days of symposia, oral sessions, poster presentations, social networking events, Roundtables, ID Workshops, and field workshops, all aimed at bringing cutting-edge and emerging land management strategies to natural areas professionals. Sessions will focus on a variety of regions and climates—but will also offer strategies appropriate for Indiana’s varied natural areas and land management challenges, such as fragmented landscapes, the legacy of decades of logging & farming, and the role of private land conservation. 

Session Topic Areas:

Land Management in Light of Climate Change

Collaborative Approaches to Conservation

Native Plant Materials in Natural Areas Management

Pollinators in Natural Areas Management

Migration Corridors and Assisted Migration

Private Land Conservation

Karst Conservation

Fire Ecology

Genetic Diversity & Biodiversity

Invasive Species

Restoration Ecology

Working Landscapes Conservation

Urban and Wildland Interface Issues

Endangered Species Conservation

Monitoring Species Populations and Natural Areas

Maximizing Data and Technology to Inform Natural Areas Management  

The Role of Focal Species in Conservation Planning

Communicating the Importance of our Work

The Role of Humanities in Conservation

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