Welcome to Snowbird, Utah and the AWRA 2009 Second Summer Specialty conference on Adaptive Management! Many new and exciting adaptive management (AM) related developments have occurred since our first conference in Missoula, Montana. We look forward to reconvening here in Snowbird to continue our discussions on how we can best utilize AM to better manage our water resources.
We know that based on the submitted papers and the program developed by the Conference Committee there will be a focus on lessons learned, new technologies and methods, and many other important and interesting AM topics. Most importantly, together we will look ahead to see what opportunities and challenges are before us and how to best meet them through utilizing AM principles and tools.
The overall goal of this conference is to establish a forum
where more can be learned about the basis, theories, and practical
aspects of AM; where we can gain a better perspective about
national, regional and local directions, requirements and
needs; and where experiences can be shared to improve existing
programs and develop more rigorous, credible future programs.
In keeping with AWRA’s brand of “community, conversations, connections” we encourage you to spend time catching up with colleagues and friends as well as making new friends while here at Snowbird. We also hope that you’ll bring your family to spend some time enjoying all of the cultural and outdoor opportunities Utah has to offer! You can take a tram to the top of Hidden Peak (11,000 ft.), hike, bike, or horseback ride in Snowbird’s Mineral Basin and American Fork Canyon. You can visit Moab or one of Utah’s five national parks, fish the Provo River or white water raft through Split Mountain Gorge.
On behalf of the AWRA Adaptive Management Conference Committee we look forward to welcoming you to Snowbird! We hope that you will take a deep breath and relax, reconnect with friends and colleagues and enjoy the conference. See you there!