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New England Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Chapter Meeting and Field Trip

Coastal Restoration in the Face of Climate Change 
May 4 – 5, 2018
Providence Area, Rhode Island

Meeting logistics
On Friday, May 4, there will be a field trip to examine salt marsh restoration through thin layer deposition projects at two National Wildlife Refuges. We recommend carpooling as we drive to each site – stay tuned for more details. Attendees will gather at Sachuest Point NWR between 9:30-10:00am, and the program will start at 10:00am, with a presentation followed by a restoration site visit. We will then drive over to the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge for lunch (provided), followed by restoration viewing and discussion.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
769 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge
43 Crest Ave, Narragansett, RI 02882

On Saturday, May 5, starting at 8:30am, join us for a full day of conference talks and networking opportunities at Save the Bay Conference Center. The day will include presentations on the previous day’s field trip, living shoreline design, IPCC update on salt marsh response to climate change, salt marsh restoration at Plum Island Ecosystems LTER and more. Additionally, we will have an update from our 2017 student grant winner on the impacts of road salt on the function and structure of forested wetlands. We will also give an update on current SWS activities, at the international and chapter level, and announce the 2018 student grant recipients.

Need directions? Visit the website for more information.
Save the Bay Conference Center
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905

The Save the Bay Conference Center, location for the Saturday meeting, is equidistance between Downtown Providence and Warwick, RI. Below are two hotel options we recommend, one in each area:

Omni Providence Hotel
Courtyard Providence Warwick

Friday, May 4 - Field Trip (capacity: 30)

9:00am-10:00am – Early arrival and explore trails at Sachuest Point NWR
9:30am-10:00am – Field trip registration and check in (Please bring your own breakfast and coffee!)
10:00am-10:30am – Presentation by Jennifer White (USFWS)
10:30am-11:30am – Visit to Sachuest Point Restoration Area
11:30am-12:00pm – Drive to John H. Chaffee NWR, Narrow River restoration site
12:00pm-12:30pn – Lunch (provided)
12:30pm-1:30pm – Viewing of restoration site
1:30pm-2:15pm – Drive back to Sachuset or Providence

Saturday, May 5 - Conference (capacity: 60)
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Fee Regular Member Regular Nonmember Student Member Student Nonmember
Conference & Field Trip $65 $85 $35 $35
Conference Only $50 $70 $25 $25
Field Trip Only $15 $15 $10 $10



Interested in attending just the field trip? Contact Kara Miller at kmiller@sws.org to register.

Register online by April 30, 2018. Miss the deadline? Bring a check to register at the meeting. Make sure to email swsnewengland@gmail.com after April 30 to ask about space on the field trip.

Call for Sponsors
The Annual Chapter Meeting and Field Trip brings together practitioners, scientists and educators, working in all areas of wetlands in ME, NH, VT, MA, CT and RI. This meeting provides an opportunity to present and share current research in wetland restoration, management and mitigation, as well as sharing practical, on-the-ground successes and failures in wetland work. 

In 2018, the meeting will take place around Providence, RI, with a full field trip day to Sachuset Point NWR and John H. Cafee NWR to examine salt marsh restoration and thin layer deposition. This field trip day will be followed by a full day of talks and networking, focused on coastal wetlands and restoration, and will be hosted at Save the Bay in Providence, RI.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Conference sponsors get visibility for their companies, a chance to distribute information about products and research, as well as support New England wetlands work and the success of this conference.

Sponsorship $100

In-kind sponsorships that directly defray the cost of the conference are also welcome (for example, sponsorship for student travel and conference fees, conference day coffee breaks, etc.)

Sponsorship Benefits:
All sponsors will be listed in the conference program guide and acknowledged during opening remarks and on the conference welcome presentation. Additionally, sponsors will be acknowledged on the chapter website and social media, related to the conference. All sponsors will have the opportunity to provide paper materials to be displayed on a table at the conference (i.e. brochures or pamphlets).

Ingeborg Hegemann, PWS
BSC Group
Email: ihegemann@bscgroup.com
SWS New England Chapter Vice President