The third annual Symposium on the Ways of Understanding and Protecting Land and Water Resources in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region, to be held March 21-23, 2024, will feature an exciting lineup of talks, field trips, workshops, and evening programs that promises to be the strongest yet!

As in past years, the purpose of the Symposium, which is sponsored by the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, is to bring together land managers, Tribes, scientists, conservationists, artists, community organizers, and the public to share recent research and a diverse range of perspectives on land and water resources issues, ecosystem management, and landscape stewardship. The geographic focus is the greater Grand Staircase-Escalante region, from the high plateaus of the Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park through the benchlands, valleys, and canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Symposium’s two days of talks will be conducted in a hybrid format. Visitors are welcome to attend in person at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center (755 W. Main St., Escalante, UT) or via Zoom using the registration link below. Session topics will include: Vegetation, Springs & Groundwater, Stream & Riparian, Paleontology, Art & Social Sciences, Wildlife, and Stewardship & Engagement.

Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, we’ll get outside on three field trips or a basket-weaving workshop led by Richard Graymountain (space is limited!).

We’re also thrilled to be featuring two evening programs:

On Thursday, a performance by Innastate – indigenous reggae music straight from the Southwest. Join us at the Escalante Showhouse and dance the night away. Free admission!

On Friday, a film screening of Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty, by Bullfrog Films, at the GSEP headquarters.

The public is welcome to attend any or all of the Symposium events. To view the complete agenda, please visit the Symposium website. To register for virtual participation or sign up for field trips, follow the links in the agenda.

We hope to see you there!

Kevin Berend, Conservation Programs Manager

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