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Upper Columbia Science Conferences

The UCSRB biennially convenes partners and scientists from across the Columbia Basin to discuss the most compelling and relevant science on salmon recovery. The Upper Columbia Science Conferences are intended for a variety of audiences including monitoring and research professionals, project sponsors, contractors, regional technical team members, elected officials, agency representatives, academics, and the public. The four objectives for the conference are to:

  • Connect science with recovery efforts,
  • Share and discuss information about listed species in the Upper Columbia and their habitat,
  • Bring experts from outside the region to share ideas, and
  • Network and interact with others working on salmon recovery.

Click on the link above to find out more about our current and past conferences.

2019 Stage-0 Workshop

October 16-18, 2019

The UCSRB and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest convened a three-day workshop in October 2019 to learn about and discuss techniques for restoring annual floodplain connectivity. The workshop was taught by a Forest Service regional restoration team and by local experts and attended by Forest Service staff, permitting agencies, partners, funders, and sponsors to allow for a good discussion. The first day of the workshop provided an overview of the stream evolution model and the impact on floodplain connectivity; shared examples of restoration work; discussed permitting; and introduced a modeling approach to restoration using LiDAR. The second day was field-based, with site visits in the Wenatchee watershed and an overview of how to use the Relative Elevation Model (REM) results in the field. The third day covered other restoration techniques including wood loading, beaver dam analogs (BDAs) and beavers. The linked page provides materials from the workshop (agenda, presentations, and resources)- CLICK HERE.

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

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.