* WHO :* West Virginia University’s West Virginia Water Research Institute and the Center for Environmental Research; Canaan Valley Institute; U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Office of Research and Development and Region 3 U.S. Geological Survey
* WHAT :* Revitalizing Communities through Integrated Restoration: Linking Social, Economic, and Natural Assets
* WHEN :* Monday, Oct. 24 through Wednesday, Oct. 28; Registration opens at 8 a.m.; conference begins at 10 a.m.
* WHERE :* Radisson Waterfront Hotel, Morgantown, W.Va.
* WHY :* Integrated restoration can provide the basis for a thriving industry with the potential to compete in markets estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion internationally. Community leaders, elected officials, public agencies and for-profit companies need information, technical assistance, and financial support to fully exploit the potential of such a restoration industry. Conference goal is to advance the industry regionally. More than 170 are registered to attend.
Recommended Feature for Media Coverage: 10:40 a.m., Oct. 24, keynote presentation by Storm Cunningham , author of The Restoration Economy ( , November 2002), the first book to document the”hidden,”trillion-dollar-plus economic sector that is revitalizing our communities, our nations, and our natural resources.Available for interviews Oct. 24 after 11:20 a.m. and all day Oct. 25.
Local Experts Available for Interviews:
Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy, conference co-sponsor, pioneer of watershed-scale restoration specializing in acid mine drainage, north-central West Virginias top water quality problem. 2005 recipient of the Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers for outstanding service, foresight and innovation in mine reclamation and water quality improvement. Available for interviews Oct. 24 after 10 a.m.
Roger Viadero , director of the new WVU Center for Environmental Research, conference co-sponsor, recently named a Robert C. Byrd professor by the WVU Research Corp., specializes in the remediation of impaired ecosystems and aquaculture. Serves on the board of directors of the Aquacultural Engineering Society, is a contributing editor to Government Engineer, and has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on aquaculture management for the U.S. Department of Labor. Available for interviews Oct. 24 after 10:00 am through noon, Oct. 25 after 1:30, morning of Oct. 26.
Jennifer Newland , director of stakeholder services of the Canaan Valley Institute, conference co-sponsor and lead event coordinator, former professional forester, graduate of Stanford University, author of the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action Program which is the basis for the conference, assessing the highlands and the restoration opportunities. Available for interviews morning of Oct. 24, all day Oct. 25, morning of Oct. 26.
Agenda: A vailable athttp://www.ecorestorationindustry.org/