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North American Prairie Conference

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The 23rd North American Prairie Conference (NAPC) will be held August 6-10, 2012, at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.  This will be a great chance to showcase the incredible native prairies we have here in Manitoba and adjacent regions, the strides we have made in conservation, restoration, management and landscaping.  Sharing the prairie with like-minded folks will benefit this endangered ecosystem with an unparalleled wealth of experience brought together in one place at one time.  Begun in 43 years ago, the biennial NAPC has become the major venue for sharing exciting innovative native prairie research, new techniques in restoration, fire ecology, plant and animal species conservation.  This is only the second time this major international prairie meeting has been held in Canada.  Bringing together some of the best minds in native prairie ecology, and generating excitement among students, restorationists, field workers, academics, the public and industry, this interdisciplinary conference has become the go-to source of the best information on all things prairie.  Published and refereed proceedings are available for all previous conferences dating back to the first Symposium on Prairie and Prairie Restoration held at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1968.   Each volume is a collection of articles on topics ranging from native prairie ecology, community landscaping, plant and animal populations, species accounts, propagation, vegetational history, and management techniques. All proceedings now are on-line here.

The University of Northern Iowa hosted the previous 22nd NAPC in Cedar Falls, IA, in August 2010. Their superb conference proceedings recently have been published at  

Nearly 600 people attended the Iowa conference.  We are hoping for similar numbers here.  We brought in Dr. Daryl Smith, Director of UNI's Tall Grass Prairie Centre,  to Winnipeg in January for an inspiring series of presentations on his work as one of the gurus of North American prairie ecology.  He also gave us invaluable insight in how to host this conference and provided us with a generous initial grant of $5,000.00.  Our planning committee from the University of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg, Red River College and Prairie Habitats Inc. has been working hard on the basics of the 2012 NAPC since last December. Space and facilities now have been booked at the U of M, and a website is up at

We are looking forward to your input, ideas and enthusiasm. If you have any questions, please give us a shout.  See you at the prairie (conference)!! 

Yours sincerely,

NAPC 2012 Organizing Committee,
Dr. Nicki Koper, University of Manitoba Natural Resources Institute,
Dr. Doug Cattani, University of Manitoba Plant Science,
Dr. Richard Baydack, University of Manitoba Dept of Environment and Geography,
Kyle Lucyk, City of Winnipeg Living Prairie Museum,
Danielle Trudel, City of Winnipeg Living Prairie Museum,
Rob Officer, Red River Community College,
John Morgan, Prairie Habitats Inc.,