We are excited to announce The Verde River State of the Watershed Conference will be held May 10-11th, 2017.
Hosted by the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC), the conference aims to bring attendees into the folds of the state of the Verde River Watershed, through themes of sustaining flows, restoring habitat, and promoting community.
Event tickets are $35 for entry to the two-day event. The ticket price includes access to field trips and conference activities, with only two of the 12 field trips planned having an extra cost (see registration for details).
This distinct event will bring together the broad network of partners, community members, local leadership, scientists, restoration practitioners, business owners, and all other river enthusiasts who have a vested interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed.
On day one, field trips will highlight the Verde River Watershed’s recreation, ecology, hydrology, restoration, wildlife, and community. Trips will take participants from the Verde River headwaters in Prescott, and throughout the watershed on the Verde Valley Railroad in Perkinsville, on guided tours of Oak Creek Canyon and Fossil Creek, and on a kayak trip on the Verde River in Clarkdale. Other trips include birding at Sedona Wetlands and Page Springs; the Verde River at Yavapai Apache Nation; a tour of Tavasci Marsh at Tuzigoot National Monument; and tours of Verde River restoration sites with VWRC and The Nature Conservancy.
Day two of the conference be welcomed by Mr. Vincent Randall, Elder of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and will also bring us keynote speaker Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy. The conference speakers and sessions will bring participants into the folds of the state of the Verde River Watershed centered around discussions on Sustaining Flows, Restoring Habitat, and Building Community.
VWRC invites all of you—our partners and friends—to join us for this inaugural event, and contribute to its success! VWRC is a public/private partnership that aims to remove invasive plants from the riparian habitat of the Verde Watershed, and a program of Friends of the Verde River Greenway. Click here to read about the Partnership’s merger with Friends.