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PHOTOS: Women in Conservation Unite

By Ty O'Neil
Women in conservation tour the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Image: Ty O'Neil.
Women in conservation tour the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Image: Ty O’Neil.

The California-Nevada chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society held its annual conference in Reno with this year’s theme being “Women in Conservation.”

I joined the group for a section of field tour hosted on Thursday. The group, predominantly made up of women, toured parts of the University of Nevada, Reno campus, which featured native plants attractive to pollinators.

Sarah Kulpa, restoration ecologist and botanist for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, lead the group through campus explaining details about various planting areas.

She discussed plant variety, proper bee habitat, the complexities of working with UNR, and much more.

While the conference is open to all, this year offered different dates and student discounts to encourage more university attendees.

I also spoke with John McCann of the California-Nevada chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, about this year’s event.

He explained that, while a lot can be learned from articles and papers, going to a conference like this one and going on field tours offers deeper learning.

This year’s theme, “Woman in Conservation,” McCann said is in part a response to the recent social movements.

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