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MTRI's Third Annual Conservation Science Meeting


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Conservation Science Meeting 2014

Thank you to everyone who was a part of MTRI's third annual Conservation Science Meeting! The meeting was held on November 7, 2014, at the Lunenburg Fire Hall, and focused on MTRI's 10th anniversary: what have we acheived, and what still needs to be accomplished before our 20th anniversary?

More than 110 people participated in the day's events, which included six oral presentations, 23 posters, a panel address, break-out discussion groups, and a vote on the greatest challenges and opportunities in the future of natural resource management. Participants ranged from represenatives of ENGOs, government, industry, and First Nations, as well as interested community members.

After the meeting, participants relaxed at a reception at the Bay Leaf Eatery, Bluenose Lodge, and then filled the Pearl Theatre for an MTRI benefit concert with memorable performances by Ashley Moffat and David Myles. All in all, an amazing way to celebrate MTRI's 10 years!  


Poster and oral presentations can be found by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule.  

Abstracts for poster presentations can be found here.  


The results of the vote on the greatest opportunities and challenges for the future of natural resource management have been tallied!

Climate change 45
Governance - aligning departments 44
Taking time to deepen relationships and think generations ahead 34
comsumers paying more for sustainable products 25
Overcapacity - too many mills 15
Resources to pay for it 11


Engaging diverse public (citizen science, youth, business...) 77
Collaboration - break down silos 63
Science-based decisions and planning  29
Branding forest products 10



Thanks go to our 20+ volunteers, who set up (above), took down, washed dishes, scanned concert tickets, and more!


Invited speaker Dr. Cathy Conrad talks about the citizen science water quality monitoring program CURA H2O.


Panelist Matt Miller from the Ecology Action Centre discusses the challenges and opportunities we face in the future of natural resource management.