This week, the nation's leading experts on biodiversity convene in Portland to explore the topic, "Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing, and Sustaining our Ecosystems."
As the conference website explains, "[Portland] is an ideal match for this theme. At the broader scale, Oregon has a diversity of ecosystems (rocky coastal habitat, temperate rainforest, mid to high elevation conifer forest, and even desert in the southeastern portion of the state). ... Portland is now known as one of the most progressive and “greenest” cities in the United States and is widely recognized for their land-use planning. Against a backdrop of urban and cultural development they have in many ways become a model for utilization, sustainability, and preservation of the ecosystems in which they live."
We couldn't agree more.
Welcome to Portland and the Pacific Northwest, Ecology Society of America!