Conferences and Workshops


2018 Upper Columbia Science Conference (Upcoming)

January 24-25, 2018

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) will once again be hosting a regional science conference January 24-25, 2018 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in downtown Wenatchee. The theme of the 2018 conference is “The Science of Survival” to reflect our region’s continued focus on science that benefits listed species and supports recovery efforts.

The UCSRB is currently seeking sponsors and exhibitors for this event. Please contact Greer Maier, UCSRB Science Program Manager, at or (509) 888-7219 to learn more about this event and how you or your organization can be involved; or donate here.

For more information on the 2018 Science Conference click here.


2016 Upper Columbia Science Conference

January 27-28, 2016

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) hosted a regional science conference January 27-28, 2016 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in downtown Wenatchee. The theme of the 2016 conference was “”working together to create our future” because it represents a key time in our region when we are evaluating our success and providing direction for the future. Thank you everyone for making this an exceptional conference. In total, we had 28 sponsors, 16 exhibitors, and over 300 people attend. The 39 speakers presented on topics that ranged from salmon and steelhead, to habitat restoration, science communication, climate change, and watersheds. You can find more information about the event, find attendee contact information, and view the presentations by clicking here.


2013 Upper Columbia Science Conference

November 13-14, 2013

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) hosted a regional science conference November 13-14, 2013 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in downtown Wenatchee. The conference was supported by generous contributions from a number of sponsors who enabled the UCSRB to host this free event. Over 200 people from the salmon recovery community attended and participated in conversations about a range of topics from hatchery management to habitat restoration. Several leading authorities in salmon recovery attend the conference to present their work and their perspectives on Upper Columbia issues. This included Jim Lichatowich, author of the book Salmon without Rivers and his most recent release Salmon, People, and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery.

The theme of the 2013 conference was “Salmon Recovery Science in Practice.” Science plays a critical role in the continued process of implementation and evaluation of the region’s salmon and steelhead recovery plan. Communication and understanding current scientific findings amongst scientists, project implementers, and managers is essential to long-term success. The 2013 Upper Columbia Science Conference was an opportunity to forge and strengthen relationships among various practitioners within the salmon recovery community and the Columbia Basin at large, and to provide a forum for the exchange and discussion of information and key issues.

Information on the science conference is available on the web at



2017 Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) Review of Spring Chinook- July Presentations

July 19-21, 2017

In July 2017 the ISAB visited the Upper Columbia to learn more about spring Chinook in the region. The visit was part of a review of Upper Columbia spring Chinook that runs from April-December 2017 and is intended to provide a high-level evaluation by the ISAB that will inform the Council and recovery planners and practitioners generally about aspects that need further refinement, suggested improvements or alternatives, and current understanding based on available information. The questions being considered and more background in the Review Assignment document from the ISAB Oversight Panel (click here). For more information about the ISAB (click here). The linked page provides more information about the workshop (agenda and presentations).


RTT and MaDMC Workshops


The Regional Technical Team and its Monitoring and Data Management Committee regularly convene workshops to discuss relevant topics and coordinate efforts. These events are intended to help share up-to-date science that can be used by various partners working in the region. Information about past and upcoming workshops and meetings can be found on this page. Monitoring program summary tables are developed at an annual MaDMC workshop and are also kept on this page.


2014 Life History Workshop

April 16, 2014

The intent of the Upper Columbia Life History Workshop was to provide participants with current information about general life history patterns that have been observed across the region as well as specific information on habitat use in each of the four subbasins (Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan). The workshop took place on April 16, 2014 in Wenatchee, WA. Over 80 people participated in the workshop including project sponsors, monitoring program representatives and researchers from the region, the Regional Technical Team (RTT), regional partners, and contractors. Information was shared through informal panels, presentation, and discussion. The key questions addressed in the workshop were:

1) What do we know and what do we not know about the freshwater life history and habitat use of spring Chinook and steelhead in the Upper Columbia?

2) What are the applications and implications of life history patterns and habitat use to habitat projects and recovery plan implementation?

For more information on the 2014 Life History Workshop click here.


2010 Adaptive Management Workshop

November 16, 2010

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) and the Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team hosted the first Upper Columbia Habitat Adaptive Management Science Conference on November 16, 2010 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The conference brought together stakeholders from the public, project implementers, local government, state and federal agencies, and the tribes to learn about and discuss the Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team 2010 Analysis Workshop Synthesis Report. This report presents the current status of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead and the actions taken to sustain and improve their habitat.

This was the first ever adaptive management science workshop that focuses on Pacific Northwest salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Conference built on the work of many partners and an adaptive management process for the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan, implementing habitat restoration actions intended to improve conditions for salmon, monitoring the results of those actions, and evaluating the results of monitoring. Recommendations made in the Workshop Synthesis Report were intended to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of actions implemented to restore salmon populations.

For more information about the 2010 Adaptive Management Conference click here.