Thank you to presenters, chairs, attendees, sponsors and all who attended the SSEC 2018!
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community and business leaders, policy makers, educators, and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea ecosystem. To accomplish its purpose, the conference features plenary sessions with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions comprised of oral and poster presentations, workshops, frequent opportunities for informal networking, and special events. The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is held every two years, rotating locations between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia. This year’s conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, from April 4-6, 2018.
Serving as US Secretary of the Interior under President Obama, Sally Jewell focused her career on supporting a robust economy coupled with long-term sustainability of our natural world and its diverse people. At the Department of the Interior, Jewell championed the importance of science and sharing data to better understand our Earth’s systems; supported development of commercial-scale renewable energy on public lands and waters; encouraged investments for more sustainable use of water in the West; supported tribal rights and opportunities for Indigenous people; and worked with stakeholders, Congress, President Obama, and his team on long-term conservation of our nation’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural, and historic treasures.
Throughout her career, Jewell has been committed to connecting people to nature, particularly youth. At the Department of Interior, she and her team championed efforts to create a continuum of engagement that encouraged tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands. Jewell has been active in many non-profit organizations throughout her life and has received numerous awards for her service. She fully enjoys the bounty of the great outdoors, from climbing mountains to plying the waters of the Salish Sea with her family and friends.