Winooski Vermont is located in the "Burlington" region of the state, off I-89 just north of Burlington and south of Colchester.The name "Winooski" comes from the Abenaki, meaning "wild onions," which were plentiful along the river.
In the early 1770s, Ira Allen constructed a blockhouse on the river which served as both a fort, a general store, and an office for the "Onion River Company." The fort, "Fort Frederick" was never used for defense, but it's presence increassed property values, which helped promote settlement to the area.
This year's theme is Beyond Communication: Advocating for Science and Our Advocates. This year's conference promises to deliver a dynamic array of talks and workshops designed to help collaborators build capacity to communicate and market their work to a broader stakeholder audience. This conference will help participants develop messages and share information in such a way that the public sees the value of forest ecosystem monitoring and research in our region and its relevance to their lives. The morning plenary will feature a keynote on principles of effectively communicating science and advocating for forest ecosystem monitoring and research to policy makers, managers and the public. This will be followed by a series of flash talks demonstrating quick and diverse examples of effective communication. The theme is tied into the afternoon workshops where our morning presenters and others will offer skills-building workshops on various science communication topics so that participants can take tangible ideas and actions away from the conference to help promote their work. As in past years, we also provide parallel sessions of contributed talks where collaborators from across the region can present their most recent work, and a poster session and social hour to cap off the day.