October 10-12, 2017

Hilton Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado

Call for Papers is now Open!

Join us for the 2017 Natural Areas Conference, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Colorado’s Front Range. The 44th annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Fort Collins, on the edge of the Colorado State University Campus. Our theme this year is Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management.

Deadline for the Call for Proposals is May 12.

We invite proposals related to these topics:

  • Conservation Across (Natural/Political/Cultural) Boundaries
  • Urban/Wildland Interface
  • Wilderness and Research Natural Areas Management
  • Value of Healthy Land in Water Resource Management
  • Role of Native Plant Materials in Restoration & Rehabilitation
  • Role of Natural Areas in Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation
  • Natural Areas Management in Light of Climate Change
  • Value of Ecosystem Services and Working Landscapes
  • Restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Communicating About Natural Areas Conservation
  • Technology for Land Management Success
  • Forest and Range Management
  • Wildland Fire as a Management Tool
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Species Re/Introductions & Assisted Migration
  • Rare Species Management

Visit our conference website to find more details about proposal types and to submit your proposal.

Types of proposals we are seeking:

Special Sessions

  • Organized oral sessions
  • Symposia
  • Workshops

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations

We especially encourage students to submit abstracts for General Session oral and poster presentations. Students will be eligible to compete for prizes in the student presentation competition. Find out more about what the 2017 Natural Areas Conference offers students.

Colorado, Fort Collins and Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado is the cultural capital of northern Colorado. It’s also the state’s craft brewery capital, with more than 20 local breweries, including the nationally famous New Belgium brewery, maker of Fat Tire beers. Fort Collins is conveniently located near Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, and Pawnee National Grassland, as well as one of the many natural areas owned by the city of Fort Collins: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. Fort Collins is also the home of Colorado State University and its nationally recognized Warner College of Natural Resources.

Colorado’s natural areas offer numerous models for successful conservation and collaboration, including the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, which manages more than 36,000 acres.


The Hilton Fort Collins is a newly renovated hotel within walking distance of Colorado State University, the U.S. Forest Service, Black Bottle Brewery, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Division, and close to downtown restaurants and nightlife.

Partners so far include: U.S. Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, the Bureau of Land Management, and Fort Collins Natural Areas.

View a presentation on some of the unique natural areas and attractions in the Fort Collins area. 


Find out more about our 2016 Natural Areas Conference, on Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action.