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39th Annual Natural Areas Conference

Join conservation professionals from around the country in Norfolk, Virginia, for the 2012 Natural Areas Conference: Keeping Natural Areas Relevant and Resilient.
When Oct 09, 2012 09:00 AM UTC to
Oct 12, 2012 05:00 PM UTC
Where Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Norfolk, VA
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Hosted by the Natural Areas Association, with co-hosts Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and NAEPPC.

This year's conference will address keeping natural areas programs relevant in today's world and natural areas resilient in the face of change.

We'll share conservation ideas, learn about the latest techniques and technologies, and make connections that will last a lifetime

The Natural Areas Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to learn about new research, receive valuable training and make important connections with other professionals in conservation-related fields.


Discover the latest research results for species and habitat management. Learn about the challenges, successes and pitfalls of conservation site management.

Stewardship & Training

Attend thought-provoking plenary sessions, symposia, workshops and hands-on field trips to natural areas and features unique to the region. This year’s conference features many specialized training opportunities, including a daylong Phragmites workshop and State and Natural Area Roundtables. NA-EPPC will be featuring dedicated tracks to sharpen the saw on invasive species management.


Share your story of conservation stewardship and learn from more than 300 of our nation’s conservation leaders. A can’t-miss opportunity to meet face-to-face with peers to share successes and to problem-solve.

Session Topics

  • Natural areas program resiliency
  • Connecting with the public through marketing and communications
  • Rare species conservation
  • Invasive species management
  • Conservation of marine systems
  • Measuring success of natural areas programs
  • Phragmites control workshop
  • Cave and karst management
  • Managing natural areas on Department of Defense lands and NERRS sites
  • Managing cultural resources on natural areas
  • Fire refresher training

Special Student Sessions

  • Student-to-Professional Speed Networking
  • Student Awards

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