This year’s Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting went great! The views from Red Cliff Lodge were stunning, and the presentations were diverse and informative. Attendance was outstanding with 190 members registered. The conference started out with field trips to view Bighorn Sheep, and a guided tour into the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park. That afternoon, we were welcomed by the Board or the Utah TWS, followed by a warm welcome from Grand County Council Woman Elizabeth Tubbs, and then addressed by Mike Canning Assistant Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The plenary speakers did an incredible job discussing the theme for this year’s conference, “ Managing for an Uncertain Future: Climate, Economics, and Habitats.” We first heard from Chris Smith who provide important insights into the economics of wildlife, followed by Dr. Stanley Kitchen, Research Botanist with the U. S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station who presented his research on past fire disturbance patterns and vegetation dynamics and their interactions in the Great Basin. Our final speaker was Dr. Robert R. Gillies, Director of the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University & State Climatologist for the State of Utah, presented data on current climate trends with perspectives from the past as well as projections for the future. The research presentations this year did not disappoint, with several outstanding student and professional papers presented. Our meeting this year presented many opportunities for collaboration and partnerships at our Social and Banquet. At the banquet, we awarded $4,000 in scholarships, and we presented several professional and student awards. After such a great meeting, we look forward to the 2016 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting!”
The 2016 Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting
The 2016 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting took place March 23-25th in sunny and warm St. George located at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center at 850 S. Bluff Street. This is the same conference center that the meeting was held at in 2014 when it was previously named the Lexington Hotel.
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