Rocky Mountain National Park’s 2017 Biennial Research Conference “People and Stewardship: Using Research for Management” will be held on March 1-2 at the Estes Park Town Hall. The park hosts one of the largest research programs in the National Park System, with more than 100 research permits active each year. Park partners in research come from other federal agencies, the State of Colorado and universities around the world. Last year, citizen scientists volunteered thousands of hours to research projects. In addition, hundreds of students participate in field data collections and lab analysis. More than one-hundred scientists are expected to attend this two-day meeting to discuss a variety of research projects.
The conference is free and open to all interested members of the community. No registration is required. The conference begins on Wednesday, March 1, at 8:15 a.m. Sessions will end by 4:00 p.m. each day. A complete schedule is available at: www.nps.gov/rlc/continentaldivide/research-conference.htm
Researchers will present for 20 minutes each. Talks are organized into sessions covering related subjects. Wednesday sessions will focus on visitor use, youth relevancy, wetlands and rivers, and the Grand Ditch breach restoration. These sessions will include presentations on Longs Peak history, monitoring visitor use, citizen science, willow restoration, streams and student projects.
Thursday sessions will focus on climate change, archaeology, wildlife, vegetation, environmental contaminants, and public health. These sessions will include presentations on ice patch archaeology, tree migration, macroinvertebrates, subalpine forests, invasive species, restoration, air quality, birds, ticks, elk, and toads. In addition to presentations, posters on a rich variety of subjects will be presented during a poster session on Thursday afternoon.
The 2017 Research Conference celebrates research at Rocky Mountain National Park, promotes collaboration between the park and its partners, provides a forum for researchers and park staff to share discoveries, highlights the current issues relevant to park management, creates opportunities for young professionals and scientists to engage with park staff and the public and encourages dialogue between the park, the public, students and scientists.
The Town Board Room is in the Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Avenue. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.