The Natural Areas Association will host the 49th Natural Areas Conference, September 6 - 9, 2022, on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota.
Superior Visions: Navigating Complexity Amid Constant Change will focus on the ecological dynamics unique to the landscapes surrounding Lake Superior as well as those in the greater region. Minnesota and Wisconsin are at the intersection of four of those regions: the Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parkland, Eastern Broadleaf Forests, and Laurentian Mixed Forest, which will provide a backdrop for discussing techniques and technologies crossing disciplines, ecosystems and administrative boundaries.
Science that informs practice does not advance in a vacuum, but relies on communication, collaboration, and information sharing as much as models and data analysis. The NAA’s Natural Areas Conference was founded to gather local, state, regional, and national partnerships among federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, private industry, and academic institutions in order to foster cooperation that would lead to solutions to overwhelming problems.
During the Natural Areas Conference, partners from nonprofit and community organizations, state, federal, and local governments, and colleges and universities come together to strengthen collaborations and tackle ever-evolving changes in natural area conservation, stewardship, and advocacy.
Scientists at the leading edge of ecology present their research. Practitioners who have developed innovations methods, techniques, and approaches to address conservation challenges share their work with in-depth discussions of often complex topics. Practitioners lead hands-on field workshops to advance skills, demonstrate new applications, and experience emerging practices that are relevant, practical and actionable.