Here is a note from the Chair of the North American Lake Management Society’s 2009 Conference Committee. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in lakes. – Michael –
Hello New England/Northeastern Lakes/Environmental Colleagues!
As many of you know, the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is holding its Annual Symposium in New England in 2009, thanks to the New England affiliate of NALMS, which is the host committee. I know times are tough for most groups right now given the economy, but the location of this conference should make for easier and more economical traveling and attendance for those of us from this region.
The meeting is being held in Hartford, CT at the Hartford Convention Center during the last week of October 2009. Following is a breakdown of the program activities:
Tuesday October 27th- Pre-conference workshops
Wednesday 10/28 through Friday 10/30 – Concurrent technical sessions (with opening remarks and plenary presentations on Wednesday)
Saturday October 31st- Lake Steward and Technical Workshops
Attached is a list of topics that the Program Committee is seeking for both workshops and technical sessions. A more formal Call for Papers will be coming from NALMS soon, so please be on the lookout for details in the mail if you are a NALMS member, or visit the newly re-designed NALMS website at http://www.nalms.org for abstract submittal and conference information (to be posted soon).
Also, as part of the usual technical meeting format for a NALMS Symposium, we will also be adding a special ‘Lake and Watershed Steward’ package for lake association members and other non-technical lake activists. Special tracks of talks will be offered throughout Friday for those taking advantage of this discounted two-day registration package, and Saturday workshops and events will also offer useful information on lake and watershed protection, lake association formation and coordination, and sampling and monitoring techniques, among others. Please share this with your local lake association contacts and encourage them to attend.
Please consider submitting a technical paper or coordinating a workshop to share information on a project or subject you are working on. Abstracts for presentations and brief bios can be sent directly to me via e-mail at Amy.Smagula@des.nh.gov. We also welcome topics that may not be included in this attached list. Abstracts must be received by May 15th, 2009. Also, if you are interested in putting a session together (three 30-minute talks on a particular topic), and/or moderating a session, please let me know!
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to see you in Hartford in October 2009. Also, please forward this to others you know that may be interested in submitting an abstract.
Amy P. Smagula
NALMS 2009 Program Chair