Congress on Sustaining Natural Resources and Conservation Science

December 13-14, 2012
Washington, DC

Pressures to significantly reduce federal expenditures have resulted from concerns about the growing national debt and a prolonged sluggish economy. Anticipated budget cuts could have far-reaching impacts on the environment. Professionals and scientists who have knowledge about conservation science, natural resources management, and environmental protection have an opportunity to inform this process by sharing their expertise.

Federal programs and activities have longstanding records of benefiting the integrity of America’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the quality of air and water, built infrastructure that allows us to manage and conserve essential water resources, and scientific research. Thus, it is in this context that Renewable Natural Resources Foundation  (RNRF) and its member organizations are sponsoring an interdisciplinary dialog to assess program choices. Participants from government, industry, the NGO community, and academia are being invited to participate.

The primary goal of the meeting is to identify essential programs and activities that support the management and use of land resources, coastal and ocean resources, inland water resources, and atmospheric resources. Congress participants also will identify the risk of loss associated with diminished financial support.

Summaries of presentations, findings, and recommendations of participants will be incorporated in a special edition of the Renewable Resources Journal. The congress report will be completed as early as possible in 2013 (mid-February). It will be widely distributed and posted online as an educational resource.

The registration fee for the two-day meeting is $150 (through December 1; $200 thereafter). To enhance opportunities for delegate participation, RNRF is limiting attendance to 150 delegates.

To register, please fill out and return the registration form (available here) with a check made payable to “Renewable Natural Resources Foundation” to the following address:

RNRF
Attn: Melissa Montagna, Program Director
5430 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Payment can also be made online via PayPal

Conference Location:
American Geophysical Union Conference Facility
2000 Florida Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

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Renewable Natural Resources Foundation