Precision conservation conference set March 29

Dave White

Precision conservation effectively and efficiently targets scarce resources to the spots on the landscape where they will do the most good. Learn about the latest technology — much of it based on LiDAR scanning – that pinpoints “sweet spots” where runoff, erosion and pollution are disproportionately severe and the potential for improvement is disproportionately great.

On Thursday, March 29, the Freshwater Society will sponsor a day-long conference: Precision Conservation: Technology Redefining Local Water Quality Practices.”  The keynote address will be delivered by Dave White, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Dr. David Mulla, a University of Soil Scientist and a pioneer in employing modern LiDAR-based technology in the service of conservation, will describe current and emerging strategies.

View an agenda and learn about the presenters.  Register to attend. Download a four-page brochure about the conference. Find hotels near the conference site.

David Mulla
The Minnesota chapter
of the Soil and Water
Conservation Society
will hold its annual
meeting in conjunction
with the conference.

The conference will focus both on technology — much of it derived from vastly improved terrain mapping developed from Light Detection and Ranging laser scanning — and the decision-making process by which policy-makers choose where to employ their time, energy and scarce financial resources.

Read a 2010 Freshwater article on the potential for LiDAR to revolutionize water planning.

Who should attend? Watershed District managers, Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors, county commissioners, water planners and policy-makers.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Silverwood Park, 2500 W. County Road E., St. Anthony, Minn.

A number of agencies and organizations are assisting the Freshwater Society in planning and hosting the conference. Co-sponsors include:

The Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts; the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center; the Three Rivers Park District; the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources; the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Assistance in planning  the conference also was provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Izaak Walton League and the Nature Conservancy.

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