2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum

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2018 Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum
In partnership with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, NatureServe,
Southeast Conservation Partners, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC
6-8 March 2018

The Southeastern U.S. is the most biodiverse region in the US, but also faces the most severe threats to that biodiversity.  Our Southeast regional gathering will bring together key experts on biodiversity from all over the Southeast to develop strategies to better understand the imperiled species and ecosystem of this region and their status so we can ultimately do a better job of protecting their populations against these threats.

Every state in the Southeastern U.S. has a natural heritage program with a knowledgeable and committed team of scientists, but nature doesn’t stop at state boundaries, so cooperation is important to realize the shared goal of preserving the biodiversity of our region.  Natural heritage program strengths vary across the disciplines, and new technologies and techniques abound; this gathering will allow these experts to share their experiences and increase their knowledge and abilities through direct face-to-face contact.

Event Details

Schedule: The conference will begin with a half day on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 6, followed by an evening reception. Wednesday, March 7, will be a full day of workshops, trainings, and presentations and lunch provided. Thursday, March 8 will begin with a half day of trainings, with the option to attend local field trips in the afternoon.
View the full schedule of events here (Note: This is is still a draft agenda, subject to change)

Fieldtrips: The last day of the conference, Thursday March 8th, will conclude with an afternoon of various local fieldtrips. Fieldtrips are optional and an additional $25. Detailed descriptions of the field trips can be found in the full conference agenda.
Mason Farm TBD
North Carolina Botanical Garden 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Weymouth Woods TBD
Deep River 12:30 – 6:00 PM
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area 1:00 – 4:30 PM
Swift Creek and Hemlock Bluffs  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Willie Duke's Bluff Wildflowers 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Lodging:
There is a special event rate for rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill and Aloft Chapel Hill, both less than a 10 minute drive from the Botanical Garden. To book either of these, call the hotel of your choosing and inform them that you wish to reserve lodging for the Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum.

Courtyard by Marriot Chapel Hill (919) 883-0700
100 Marriott Way | Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate applies to March 6-8. The last day to book is February 4, 2018. Book your group rate for Southeast US Biodiversity Conservation Forum

Aloft Chapel Hill (919) 932-7772
1001 South Hamilton Road | Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Rate applies to March 6-8. The last day to book is February 15, 2018.

For attendees lacking adequate travel budgets, a limited number of spaces are available for people to be hosted in homes of local Network members (for free). If you wish to be hosted locally, please send your contact information to allison_kenlan@natureserve.org. A conference organizer will contact you to arrange lodging.

Mar 6th, 2018 1:00 PM   through   Mar 8th, 2018 12:00 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
United States
Standard Fee $ 125.00
Standard Fee + Field Trip $ 150.00