2014 CESU Network Biennial National Meeting

The 2014 CESU Network Biennial National Meeting will be June 3-5, 2014, at the National Conservation Training Center (a U.S. Fish and Wildlife facility) in Shepherdstown, WV. 

This year's meeting will include opportunities to highlight project work. It will also include several working sessions focused on programmatic needs and future strategic directions of the CESU Network. For more information, see our 2014 meeting page.



Southern Appalachian Mountains CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners took place December 6. Go to the CESU website for more information.


Great Basin CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners to place December 9-11 at University of Nevada, Reno. For more information visit the Great Basin Consortium's website.


CESU Directors Conference Call

The CESU Directors conference call was November 25. Contact Cheri Yost at for more information.

CESU Council Meeting

The CESU Council meeting took place on November 14 at the Main Interior Building, Washington, D.C. Contact Cheri Yost for details.

Californian CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners took place on November 15. See the CESU website for details.

Great Rivers and Great Plains CESU Meeting

The Bi-Annual Great Rivers Cooperative Ecosystems Studies (CESU) Unit Conference will be September 10-11 at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Tentatively, the Great Plains CESU and the Great Lakes CESU will be joining in this meeting. See the Great Rivers CESU website for an agenda and registration information. Note that this meeting was originally scheduled for April.


Colorado Plateau CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners took place in Flagstaff, Arizona, September 16, 2013, in conjunction with the 12th Biennial Colorado Plateau Conference of Science and Management.

The Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau was initiated in 1989 by the then Cooperative Park Studies Unit to bring researchers and park managers together to identify key issues and to provide technical assistance or plan research to address these issues. The purpose of the conference has not changed since its inception but the scale has been greatly expanded. Because one of the goals of Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units is to provide usable science to land managers, it seemed like a logical step for the CPCESU to assume a coordination role for the conference. As a result, in 2011, the Colorado Plateau CESU assumed a leadership role for the conference.

Northern Arizona stepped forward and the Office of the Vice President for Research chaired the conference. The CPCESU Director and others served on the planning committee and assisted with fund raising. In 2013, the 12th Conference was again hosted by NAU. However, the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center provided funding for a conference coordinator (Lara Schmit) and also provided the Deputy Director, Barb Ralston to serve as co-program chair with Ron Hiebert, the CPCESU Director. A year of hard work by the CPCESU and its partners resulted in a highly successful conference this September. Seven of our nine Federal partners and sixteen of our twenty-eight non-federal partners participated as sponsors, symposia organizers, and paper and poster presenters.

The conference begins with Clients' Day, and meeting rooms are made available without cost for side meetings, workshops, and a CPCESU partner's meeting. This year, Clients' Day included 6 side meetings and 2 workshops. The conference was kicked off by a keynote address by David Wilcove, Professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of two books. The conference accepted some 300 abstracts, which were presented during 21 symposia, contributed paper sessions, and an evening poster session.

Despite the sequestration and Federal agency bans on conference participation, the conference attracted more than 400 participants. Topics included night skies, weathering of ruins repair, dealing with climate change, alternative energy, dust issues, restoration, the Four Forest Restoration Program, invasive species, and management of Bison on the North Rim of Grand Canyon. The conference also presented the opportunity for students to give their first professional papers or posters.

We feel this year's conference was one of the best, fulfilling the purpose of bringing researchers, students, and land managers together to learn and to plan for dealing with complex issues that face us in the future. For program details and abstracts, please visit the conference web site.


Hawaii Pacific Islands Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the CESU was held via teleconference on September 17. Contact CESU Director David Duffy or see the website for more information.


Rocky Mountains CESU Annual Meeting

The executive committee meetings took place at the USGS Fort Collins (Colorado) Science Center, October 2, 2013. The federal managers meeting, scheduled for October 1, was cancelled due to government furloughs. Visit the Rocky Mountain CESU website for information.


Piedmont - South Atlantic Coast CESU Annual Meeting

The 12th Annual CESU Business Meeting was held October 2-3, 2013 at Duke University, Durham, NC. Federal partners were not able to attend due to government furloughs. All oral and poster presentations are posted online for those unable to attend:

North Atlantic Coast CESU Meeting

This year's meeting was held June 12 and 13 and hosted by the University of Rhode Island on its Narragansett Bay Campus, the home of the Graduate School of Oceanography and the adjacent EPA Atlantic Ecology Division Laboratory, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Narragansett Laboratory - NOAA, and, of course, the glorious boundary of Narragansett Bay. See for more information.


CESU Council Meeting

The Council meeting was held April 16 at 9:30 at the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. The Council voted to renew four CESUs: Californian, Great Rivers, North and West Alaska, and Piedmont - South Atlantic Coast. Contact Cheri Yost at for more information.

Pacific Northwest CESU Meeting

The Pacific Northwest CESU annual partners meeting was cancelled.  Contact Program Coordinator Teresa Bresee for more information at

CESU Directors Conference Call

The CESU Directors conference call was March 21. Contact Cheri Yost at for more information.

Gulf Coast CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners took place in San Antonio, Texas, March 4-6. Contact Todd Snelgrove for more details or visit the Gulf Coast CESU website.

Great Basin CESU Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of partners will take place in January 14-16 at Boise State University. The annual GB-CESU business meeting will be on Monday, January 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A meeting of the GB-LCC Steering will take place on Wednesday, January 16, for those that are members or who wish to attend to learn more about this organization. Contact Michael Collopy for more details or visit the Great Basin CESU website.

2012 CESU Network National Meeting

June 12 to 14, the CESU Network National Meeting was held at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. The meeting brought together partners from across the country to share outstanding examples of science, stewardship, and education in the spirit of collaborative conservation. The program included plenary sessions, discussion sessions, a poster reception, new member orientation, CESU Directors' meeting, federal managers' meeting, and external activities, with opportunities to exchange information with conservation leaders from across government, academia, and the nongovernmental conservation community.



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