2022 CPOP Conference

2022 CPOP Conference
Oak and Prairie Conservation at a Crossroads: Setting a Path for Success

November 7-10 in Vancouver, WA

Nov. 7 | Field Trips
Nov. 8-10 | Concurrent Sessions

The Cascadia Prairie-Oak Partnership Conference brings together conservation practitioners from northern California to southwestern British Columbia to discuss the protection and restoration of the critically important prairie-oak ecosystem. The theme of our 2022 conference is ‘Oak and Prairie Conservation at a Crossroads: Setting a Path for Success’ and will explore novel ways that the conservation community is strategically restoring and preserving prairie-oak habitats. 

Final Program and Abstract Booklet

Final 2022 CPOP Conference Program | Abstracts with Presentations Linked

Conference Access Fund – Applications Closed

The Cascadia Prairie-Oak Partnership recognizes the cost barriers to attending the 2022 Conference and the resulting effective exclusion of attendance by Native American, First Nations, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The Conference Access Fund offers stipends for conference costs up to $1,105. This includes registration fee, field trip fee, dinners, including banquet, and lodging. For more information and the PDF application click here.

Want to support the Conference Access Fund? There are a few great ways to do so! When you register, you may select the ‘Professional Plus’ ticket and a portion of your registration fee will support this fund. To support the fund at a higher funding level, become a sponsor and check the box notifying us that your sponsorship should be directed to the Access Fund. Sponsorships of $1,000 or higher include a complimentary conference registration.

Program Features

Field Trips (Monday) $

Field trip registration has closed. We are able to offer four field trip options this year. Select from White Salmon Oaks in the East Cascades, Lacamas Prairie or Washougal Oaks in Clark County, or Metro’s St. Johns Prairie. Click here for full details and trip descriptions.

Keynote Address (Wednesday morning)

Cultural Ecology of Place

Gabe Sheoships is Cayuse and Walla Walla, an enrolled citizen of Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gabe has worked for the past twenty years on behalf of the advocacy, protection and restoration of Indigenous First Food resources, through the fields of education, sustainability, fisheries science, environmental restoration, and landscape reclamation. This work has positively influenced Tribes, federal, state, academic and non-profit organizations. Gabe is the Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek, where he leads efforts focused on community building, environmental stewardship, education, and protection of natural ecosystems. Gabe serves as the Board President for the Tributaries Network, Co-Chair for the Nesika Wilamut organization, and on the board of the Center for Diversity & the Environment and Freshwaters Illustrated. Gabe also teaches at Portland State University.

SW Washington Working Group (Wednesday lunch)

Over the past 30 years, the conservation community has made significant investments in restoring prairie-oak habitat, establishing new populations of rare species, and expanding partnerships to include a diversity of people, places and priorities. The prairies and oak woodlands of SW Washington (particularly Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis counties) have received significantly less conservation attention than other regions despite the many important landscapes, species, and communities of people that call this area home. Join us to discuss needs, challenges and opportunities for collaborative conservation at our inaugural SW Washington Working Group meeting. Hosted by Ecostudies Institute, WA DNR Natural Heritage Program, and USFWS Recovery and Partners Programs.  

Workshop (Wednesday afternoon)

This workshop, led by the Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE) will provide a primer for diversity, equity, and inclusion change work. In this workshop, CDE staff will provide context and inspiration for inclusion work, discuss the imperative to diversify, showcase successful efforts to approach what may feel like a daunting issue, and describe what it takes to create a successful and relevant environmental institution and movement today and into the future.

Banquet (Wednesday evening) $

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: The remarkable wild bees of oak prairies. 

Did you know the Pacific Northwest has over 900 species of bees? We say “over” because, in fact, no one really knows how many bees call the region home. Many of these bees call the oak savanna home. This talk will describe some of the strange and weird bees that call the oak savanna home, and the plants they depend on.

Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, which was the first such position in the US. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies, leads the Oregon Bee Atlas and hosts a weekly podcast called PolliNation. In 2018 Andony was recognized with the national Pollinator Advocate award by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

Registration & Conference Fees

TypeEarly BirdRegular
Professional Plus
Supports Access Fund
Single Day$180$200
Native American, First Nations,
and Indigenous Peoples
[$] Additional Items: Field Trips $10-$20, Banquet $75, Abstract Book $8.


The Room Block is Now Closed. We have negotiated a discounted rate for conference attendees. Use this direct link to book or click here to learn more. Must be booked by Oct. 7.

Additional Offerings

Meeting Room (Reservation Recommended)

The Ash Room will be available for groups up to 25 people to meet. Please email CPOP[at]cascadiaprairieoak.org to reserve a time slot for your group. If the room is not otherwise reserved, the room will be available for ad hoc meetings. Available hours are 8 am – 8 pm on Tuesday/Wednesday and 8 am to 5 pm on Thursday.

Lactation/Wellness Room

The Willow Room will be available for those needing a private space during the conference. Priority given to individuals nursing/pumping. A sign up sheet outside the room will allow individuals to reserve a time slot but it will otherwise be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Conference Policies

COVID-19 Policy (as of July 1, 2022)

Individuals attending the CPOP conference must be fully vaccinated. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination at check in. “Fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination.

At this time, masks will be required indoors during the conference except while eating and drinking. Presenters will have the option to remove their mask during their presentation. We recommend all attendees take a rapid test within 24 hours prior to attending the conference and at any time during the conference should they develop symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please get tested for COVID-19 and refrain from attending the conference until you have tested negative. Learn more about testing.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 10-14 days after symptom onset, be free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and show improvement of other symptoms. A 90% refund will be provided to anyone with proof of a positive test within 20 days prior to the start of the conference.

This guidance is consistent with that provided by the State of Washington and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1, 2) and will be updated as appropriate.

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Conference registration canceled on or before October 14, 2022 is fully refundable (subject to a $35 administrative fee).
  • Registrants cancelling on or after October 15, 2021 will not receive a refund. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual.
  • Conference registration will be refunded 90% if a registrant provides proof of a positive COVID-19 test up to 20 days prior to the conference.
  • Written notice of cancellation must be provided (please email CPOP[at]cascadiaprairieoak.org).
  • In the event that the conference is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, CPOP will refund the cost of registration. However, CPOP does not assume responsibility for any additional costs, charges, or expenses including charges made for travel and lodging.

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Additional Sponsors

Rosefield Farm

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!