With more than 20 years of attention paid to river health, we are little wiser in how to improve these systems; however examples of ineffectiveness or outright failure are much commoner than documented successes. At the same time, Northwest populations of Pacific salmon accounted for one of every four state and federal dollars spent on saving endangered or threatened species during 2004, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Government agencies spent $393 million on helping the five Pacific salmon species protected by the Endangered Species Act: chinook, steelhead, coho, sockeye and chum. ("Millions spent to protect Northwest salmon", Seattle Times, February 26, 2006) If you are involved or interested in the stewardship and restoration of coastal rivers, please join us for a day of education, information, and debate on the principles and practice of river restoration. Together, we can improve the effectiveness and rate of return on our unparalled investment. The Conference on Stewardship and Restoration of Coastal Rivers will be held on April 12, 2006 at the Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). The conference is scheduled from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. with lunch included in the registration. Hurry, space is limited! Early-bird Registration Deadline: March 30, 2006 Students: $25 Professionals: $70 Registration after March 30, 2006: Students: $35 Professionals: $90 The conference will focus on emerging policy issues, current understanding of coastal rivers as ecological systems, and scientific challenges for the next decade. Our website address is http://fish.washington.edu/crrc. To register directly for the conference http://www.acteva.com/go/crrc Speakers include: William Ruckelshaus, John Richardson, William Stelle, Paul LeBlond, Mark Angelo, Stan Gregory, Brian Winter, Jim Lichatowich, Robert Naiman, Tom Quinn, Edward Miles, Charles "Si" Simenstad, Tim Beechie and Robert Bilby. Schedule: 8:00 Registration/Coffee & Pastries 8:45 Introduction to Conference: Robert Bilby 9:00 Policy Issues for Washington Rivers: William Ruckelshaus 9:30 Structural Challenges for Effective Riverine Conservation: William Stelle 10:00 Salmon Conservation in British Columbia: Paul LeBlond, Mark Angelo 10:50 Ecology of Coastal Rivers in Pacific Coastal Rainforests: John Richardson 11:20 Emerging Riparian Perspectives and Challenges in the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion: Robert Naiman 11:50 Lunch (provided) 1:15 Coastal Salmon Ecology: Key Uncertainties over a Range of Disciplines: Tom Quinn 1:45 Impacts of Global Change on Coastal Rivers: Edward Miles 2:15 Pacific NW Estuarine Ecosystems: Scales of Organization - Charles "Si" Simenstad 3:00 Science Challenges for Restoring Dynamic River Systems: Tim Beechie 3:30 Sustainable Land Use; Quantitative Assessment for Future Change: Stan Gregory 4:00 Panel Discussion Brian Winter, Jim Lichatowich & speakers 5:00 Closing: Robert Naiman LIMITED POSTER SPACE AVAILABLE: Please contact Karrie Hanson at Karrie.Hanson@noaa.gov Please forward this message to others who might be interested. We apologize for any cross-postings.