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Wednesday, January 27 

8:30 - 9:00 Keynote Address - Sara LaBorde, Wiid Salmon Center - When Will Science Save the World?



9:00 - 9:30 Plenary Speaker - Tom Cooney, NOAA - Current Status of ESA Listed Upper Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead

9:30 - 9:45 Kevin See, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Summary of Biological Data for Four Upper Columbia Wild Steelhead Populations Based on PIT Tag Data

9:45 - 10:00 Ben Truscott, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Novel Methodology to Estimate Population Level Steelhead Spawning Escapement



10:45 - 11:00 Andrew Murdoch, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Reach-Scale Environmental Factors Influencing Wenatchee River Basin Spring Chinook Egg-to-Fry Survival

11:00 - 11:15 Tracy Bowerman, University of Idaho - Chinook Salmon Prespawn Mortality Patterns and Process in the Columbia River Basin

11:15 - 11:30 Lance Campbell, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Life History Strategies of Selected Chinook Salmon Spawning Populations in the Columbia River, as Inferred From Otolith Microchemistry

11:30 - 11:45 Charlie Snow, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas in the Columbia River Upstream of Wells Dam, WA



1:00 - 1:30 Plenary Speaker - Jeffrey Heer, University of Washington - Principles of Data Visualization

1:30 - 1:45 Rufus Woods, The Wenatchee World - Tapping into the Power of Story

1:45 - 2:00 Jeff Ostenson, North 40 Productions - Sharing Your Story: How to Engage Your Audience with the Right Message



2:30 - 3:00 Plenary Speaker - Phil Roni, Cramer Fish Sciences - Does Habitat Restoration Increase Fish Numbers or Simply Concentrate Fish?

3:00 - 3:15 Nicholas Albrecht, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Utilization of Off-Channel Habitats in the Entiat River by Juvenile Salmonids

3:15 - 3:30 Byron Amerson, Montana State University - Meacham Creek Hyporheic Restoration and Monitoring

3:30 - 3:45 John Arterburn, Colville Confederated Tribes - Seeing the Signals – Application of Okanogan EDT Status and Trends Analysis Results

3:45 - 4:00 John Crandall, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation - Habitat Restoration for Pacific Lamprey in the Upper Columbia

4:00 - 4:15 Karl Polivka, PNW Research Station USDA Forest Service - Individual Growth and Habitat Affinity: Robust Response Variables for Evaluating Fish Response to In-Stream Habitat Restoration



4:30 - 4:45 Andrew Murdoch, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - The Relative Reproductive Success of Hatchery and Natural Steelhead in the Wenatchee Basin

4:45 - 5:00 Ben Goodman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -  Relative Reproductive Success of Hatchery and Wild Steelhead in the Twisp River

5:00 - 5:15 Michael Hughes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Discrimination of Spawning Site Selection and Redd Morphology Within and Among Redds Constructed by Hatchery- and Natural-Origin Spring Chinook


Thursday, January 28



8:00 - 8:30 Plenary Speaker – Dan Isaak, U.S. Forest Service - Identifying, Protecting, and Enhancing Climate Refugia for Salmonids as a Means of Strategic Conservation Planning

8:30 - 8:45 Ingrid Tohver, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group - Impacts of Climate Change to the Columbia Basin and Implications for Recovery Efforts of Aquatic Habitats

8:45 - 9:00 Lisa Crozier, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center - Impacts of Climate Change on Upper Columbia River Chinook Salmon

9:00 - 9:15 Jonathan Armstrong, Oregon State University - Beyond Refugia: Fish and Wildlife Exploit Thermal Heterogeneity Not Only to Survive, But Also to Thrive

9:15 - 9:30 Treva Coe, Nooksack Indian Tribe - Recovering Salmon in a Changing Climate: South Fork Nooksack River Climate Change Pilot Project

9:30 - 9:45 Ruth Howell, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center - Keep the Returns Coming: Communicating about Salmon When it Has All Been Said



10:30 - 10:45 James White, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board - Parameterizing Your Policy Decision Maker

10:45 - 11:00 Catherine Willard, Chelan County Public Utility District - Chelan, Douglas and Grant County Public Utility Districts’ Hatchery Compensation Programs in the Upper Columbia Basin and Their Role in Supporting Recovery of ESA Listed Fish

11:00 - 11:15 Christopher Tatara, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center - A Two-year Smolt Program for Steelhead Enables Transition to Using Locally-Derived Natural Broodstock

11:15 - 11:30 Charles Frady, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Regulated Escapement: Adult Management Activities in the Methow and Wenatchee Rivers

11:45 - 12:15 Plenary Speaker – Jack Standford, University of Montana - The Shifting Habitat Mosaic of River Ecosystems: Fundamental Process for Salmon Recovery


1:15 - 1:45 Plenary Speaker – Gordie Reeves, PNW Research Station U.S. Forest Service - Thinking Local to Meet the Challenges of the Future

1:45 - 2:00  Robert Warren, Bonneville Environmental Foundation - Building Resilient Locally-Driven Watershed Stewardship Initiatives: A Funder’s Perspective on the Future

2:00 - 2:15 Mark Wigmosta, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory & University of Washington - Potential Impacts of Forest Restoration on Snowmelt and Streamflow in the North-Central Cascades

2:15 - 2:30 Michael Young, Rocky Mountain Research Station U.S. Forest Service - The Rapid, Range-Wide Inventory of Bull Trout: a Crowd-Sourced, eDNA-Based Approach with Application to Many Aquatic Species



2:45 - 3:00 Tracy Hillman, BioAnalysts, Inc. - Carrying Capacity: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

3:00 - 3:15 Michael Beakes, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center - A Geomorphic Approach to Quantifying Salmon Habitat Capacity: How this Works in the Wenatchee River

3:15 - 3:30 Jeremy Cram, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Overwinter Distribution and Habitat Utilization of Downstream Rearing Spring Chinook Salmon in the Wenatchee River

3:30 - 3:45 Shubha Pandit, Terraqua Inc. - Outmigration Patterns of Spring Chinook in the Entiat River, Columbia River Basin: Are they Driven by Habitat?