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Monday, February 6 • 1:20pm - 5:00pm
Overview of Symposium (S3). Ecology of the Missouri National Recreational River

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Gerald Mestl, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; gerald.mestl@nebraska.gov
David Swanson, Missouri River Institute 

Abstract: Ecology of the Missouri National Recreational River will highlight papers that examine how this nationally recognized resource is continuing to evolve both physically and biologically. This unit of our national park system exemplifies the conference theme of “Private Landscapes, Public Responsibilities”. The National Park Service directly manages only 0.5% of the park, additional acres are managed by the states and other entities, but the majority of this park is privately owned. These river reaches have changed dramatically since the mainstem dams were built in the 1950s and 60s and continue to change as the result of ongoing impacts from the dams, bank stabilization, disrupted sediment transport, flow management, and especially the high flows which occurred in 2011. The record high flows of 2011 had both short and long-term impacts to both the physical landscape and biotic communities of the park.

Monday February 6, 2017 1:20pm - 5:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom A

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