On this page, you'll find detailed instructions for how to put together a 2018 Natural Areas Conference Workshop Proposal. 

When you have read through the instructions and are ready to submit your proposal, scroll down this page and press the PROPOSAL SUBMISSION button to get started. 

Proposals are due by May 18, 2018

Thank you for considering the development of a workshop for the Natural Areas Conference! We appreciate your efforts to bring the very best of your knowledge and insight to a wider audience at the conference, and to help us make this event as engaging, collaborative and cutting-edge for your colleagues as possible. We are pleased to provide a venue for you to advance a broader discussion of natural areas topics to this audience.

We ask that you consider our audience, which is primarily people involved in on-the-ground management and adaptation work, when submitting your proposal.

NOTE: We collect and retain a nominal fee from attendees for registering for a workshop, in order to encourage those registering to commit to follow through and attend. This prevents workshop organizers from taking the trouble to organize a workshop for our conference for only a few interested attendees. For those who wish to attend a workshop who are NOT attendees of the conference, the cost will be $50, payable to NAA.

What is a Workshop?
Workshops are events that have a greater instructional component than symposia and individual presentations, and participants typically remain in the workshop for the entire session, rather than moving between sessions. They are also more in the hands of the organizer, in the sense that while we review proposals and list them in our registration and in our conference program, organizers are responsible for communicating with participants, and we ask that they take on some of the burden of promoting their workshop themselves.

At our conference, we typically schedule workshops before our regular program, although we sometimes schedule them after or during the time concurrent sessions are going on. The proposal submission form will ask you to choose when you want to hold your workshop, how long you want it to last (half day or whole day), your prospective attendance, your attendance limit, and what times/days are available. Participants sign up in advance for a workshop, and attendance is usually limited. 2018 Workshops will take place on MONDAY, October 22.

Who should consider submitting a proposal for a Workshop?
Workshops are perfect for organizers who are looking for a way to gather a group interested in an in-depth topic for an extended instructional experience. For example, we have had Workshops that deal with how to use tools of interest to land managers, or engage with a particular land management initiative or body of knowledge in a rigorous way. We expect Workshop organizers to be registered attendees at the Natural Areas Conference.
Proposal Submission
Our proposal submission form will ask for the following information, so please have everything assembled before beginning your electronic submission:
  • Workshop title
  • Organizer contact information
  • Proposed instructors/facilitators
  • Paragraph summary of workshop content and purpose. See below for an example *
  • Half day, full day or other
  • Indoor space, outdoor space, or both needed
  • Expected number of attendees and limit to the number of participants, if any
  • Invited guests only or open to all conference registrants
* Private forests, farms and ranches are increasingly vulnerable to a broad range of impacts from climate change, drought and wildfires. The risks of these unpredictable but potentially catastrophic events are profound. Building resilience on these lands can be accomplished through intentional site-specific design and management techniques. This workshop combines permaculture design principles and sustainable biomass management using affordable techniques to reduce the intensity of wildfires and drought on forest, brush, grass- and crop-lands – while enhancing ecosystem services. These techniques also improve soil quality, moisture conservation, wildlife habitat, water quality and income streams. Relying on a combination of traditional ecological and scientific practices and knowledge, practical, applicable solutions will be shared. We will also examine emerging climate change-related markets for carbon, nutrients and value-add opportunities from implemented practices. 
This proposal relates to the overarching conference themes of working across boundaries as the relationship between what happens on private lands and public lands is critical.  Collaboration is at the heart of this effort as private landowners enhance their properties, they become contagion and leaders for changes throughout their watersheds. Most actions private landowners undertake to build resilience on their properties requires coordination and collaboration with a host of other agencies and organizations to define and support their work. 
This workshop specifically addresses conservation across boundaries, the wildland/urban interface, the value of healthy land to water resources, the importance of natural areas, ecosystem services and working landscapes and forest and range management.  Agency personnel sometimes lack of practical, personal experience in the areas in which they lead. This workshop can help them ground themselves in the realities of private landowners and help them learn how to work effectively across public/private boundaries.  This is an excellent train-the-trainer opportunity as well.

Proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and accepted based on quality and relevance of proposed content, and overall fit with the conference program.




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