The 14th annual Ramapo River Watershed Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Student Center Room 136 at Ramapo College of New Jersey, 505 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah. Ramapo Valley Road is also known as Route 202.
We’ll have a short story about the conference tomorrow in The Journal News.
But here are the details on the presentations:
• 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., welcome and greetings.
• 10:25 a.m., “Major Threats and Stressors to the Regional Highlands,” William Schuster, Black Rock Forest Consortium.
• 11 a.m., “Wood, Spotted and Box Turtles in Harriman and Bear Mountain: Lessons Learned and Plans for Year Two,” Matthew Shook, Highlands Environmental Research Institute, Marnie Miller-Keas, Student Conservation Association, and Edwin McGowan, director of science for the Palisades Interstate Park Commissions.
• 11:30 a.m., “Evidence for Multiple Holocene Impact Events: Have They Changed the Climate or Produced Regional Tsunamis,” Dallas Abbott, research scientist, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
• noon – 1 p.m., lunch. Bring your own or bring money to buy from the college cafeteria.
• 1 p.m., “Ramapo River Watershed GreenPrint,” Don Steinmetz, Highlands Environmental Research Institute.
• 1:30 p.m., “Recent Land Acquisitions and Open Space Issues in the Torne Valley Area of the Ramapo River Watershed,” Tom Gravel, project manager, The Trust for Public Land.
• 2 p.m., “Wetland Restoration and the Ramapo River,” Debora Fillis, senior environmental associate, F.P. Clark & Associates, Inc.
• 2:15 p.m., “Creative Stormwater Solutions,” John F. Lange, senior associate for planning, F.P. Clark & Associates, Inc.
• 2:30 p.m., “Tuxedo Reserve,” Steve Gross, Hudson Highlands Environmental Consulting.
• 2:45 p.m., “Western Ramapo Wastewater Treatment Plant,” Dianne Philipps, executive director, Rockland County Sewer District No. 1.
• 3 p.m., “A Tale of a Dam on the Ramapo River,” Mark Newel, adjunct professor, Ramapo College.
• 3:20 p.m., “Artists of the Ramapo River and Mountains,” Geoff Welch, curator, Harmony Hall.
• 4 p.m., wine, cider, cheese reception.
MORE INFO: Organizers would prefer to have you register in advance so they know how much wine and cheese to buy, but it’s not a requirement. Get more information or register by emailling firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 845-712-5220.
ABOVE: I took this photo of a portion of the Ramapo River near Flat Rock County Park in Hillburn last year.