24th Annual PALMS Conference ~ March 19-20, 2014

We're busy gearing up for the Annual PALMS Conference.  More information coming soon!

Conference Agenda

The 24th Annual Conference is offering another awesome line-up of speakers on a variety of topics including algae and aquatic plant management, fisheries management, a panel discussion, and results of recent BMP projects to name a few!

Conference Agenda

Aquatic Pesticide Recertification Credits

At this time recertification credits will be offered for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia.  Credits for Delaware have been requested, but that state has not yet responded. 

PA: Aquatic Category and Core credits will be available on both days.
NJ: There will be 8 aquatic category credits offered for March 19th.  Attendance for the entire day is required.  No credits are offered for March 20th.
NY: Offering up to 3.25 recertification credits on a per presentation basis.  There are five presentations that were awarded credit spread over both days.
VA:  Credits are offered for Aquatic category (5A) and registered technician (60).  The specific number of credits was not disclosed.  Attendance on both days is required.  A slideshow presentation prepared by VA Dept. of Ag will also need to be displayed.  Method of presentation TBD.
OH:  There will be 2.5 credits in aquatic category available split over both days. Credits are awarded on a per presentation basis.  Must attend specific talk to achieve credit. 

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ann Rhoads

At the end of 2012, Dr. Ann Rhoads retired from a long and prolific career at the Morris Arboretum.  Ann served as Director of Botany at the Arboretum from 1976 to 2000, at which time she stepped back to the position of Senior Botanist in order to allow now director, Tim Block to assume the position.

Ann’s contributions were many during her noteworthy career. She was instrumental in advancing the understanding of Pennsylvania flora when she and former Arboretum director, Bill Klein, created the Flora of PA database. Building on work initiated in the 1930s by Edgar T. Wherry, they built a database of approximately 400,000 specimen records from the major Pennsylvania herbaria.  In 1993, The Vascular Flora of PA, Annotated Checklist and Atlas by Rhoads and Klein was published by the American Philosophical Society.

Other important publications were produced during her tenure, including The Plants of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated Manual by Rhoads and Block, first published in 2000 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The book proved to be such a valuable resource both in and outside the state, that a second edition that incorporated taxonomic changes was published in 2007. Trees of Pennsylvania was released in 2005, and Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania in 2011.

One of Ann’s more rewarding roles was as teacher and mentor.  She served as an adjunct professor in the biology department at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching Plant Systematics and Field Botany, and supervised or co-supervised the Plant Protection and Pennsylvania flora interns at the Arboretum.

Throughout her career, Ann watched dramatic changes in her field, while always conveying her knowledge of and enthusiasm for plants to those around her. While she is finally enjoying some well -deserved time off, she is still a frequent face at the Arboretum, continuing to study plants and even contemplating the publication of another book.

Exhibitor Information

It's time to reserve your exhibit space for the 24th Annual PALMS Conference!  Don't miss this opportunity to promote your business, services and products to a unique group of lake professionals and enthusiasts.  Mark your calendars now for March 19-20, 2014.  This year's conference will be held at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in State College, PA.  PALMS Annual Lake Conference attracts a diverse audience of almost 150 lake management professionals and lake lovers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states.  Throughout the two-day conference you will have the opportunity to meet with: lake management consultants; representatives from local and state water quality agencies; educators and researchers; and citizens concerned about lake management.  

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General Registration Information

All conference fees include conference materials and a one-year membership to the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society.  Conference fees also include breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, and networking opportunities.  Lodging and dinner are not included in session fees.  

General Registration Form (download and print)


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Conference Location & Lodging


The conference will be held at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA

Conference Location

Ramada Conference Center State College

1450 S Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

Lodging Information

Ramada State College Hotel – 814.238.3001

Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations. When making reservations please request a room in the "PALMS Conference" block. Reservations must be made by February 18, 2014 to guarantee room and to receive the group rate. Reservations received after this date will be honored on a rate and space-available basis. Free full breakfast buffet is provided for overnight guests. Check in is after 4:00 PM and check out is before 11:00 AM.

Rates: $65/night (plus tax) for 2 double beds or 1 king bed -- Same great rate as last year!

Silent Auction - Help Us By Making a Donation

We will be hosting a Silent Auction to support a new PALMS Conference Scholarship Fund. The members of the Board are seeking donations from organizations and businesses across the Commonwealth, but we also need your help. Do you do woodworking? Jewelry making? Other Crafts? Maybe you could share your talent with the group by donating one of your creations to our Silent Auction. Other suggested donations include lake equipment, books, art work, gift certificates, clothing, etc. If you are interested in donating an item to the 2014 Silent Auction please contact PALMS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 570.316.1669.  All donations to PALMS are tax deductible, and our tax ID information will be provided upon request. We thank you in advance for your support of this worthy goal!

Board of Directors - Nominations

The PALMS Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for the PALMS Board of Directors.  The election of President Elect, Treasurer, and 3 Regional Directors (1 Eastern, 1 Central, and 1 Western) will be Thursday March 20, 2013 at the 24th Annual PALMS Conference.   Nominations from the floor will be accepted until the close of the first day of the Annual Conference on Wednesday March 19th, otherwise nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2014.  Nominations should be accompanied by a short (1 paragraph) biography outlining the candidate’s qualifications, interests, connection to Pennsylvania lakes.  A biography will also be required for candidates nominated from the floor.

If you or someone you know has an interest and investment in PA lakes and would like to serve for 2 years on the PALMS Board please contact Bob Schindler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 908-850-0303.

Annual Elections - Important Information 

At the PALMS Annual Conference on Thursday, March 20th, there will be an election for Regional Directors (East, Central, and West), Treasurer, and President Elect.  The nominating committee will issue ballots at the meeting. Short biographies of the candidates will be available.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING YOU MAY REQUEST AN ELECTRONIC BALLOT THAT MUST BE CAST BY FRIDAY, MARCH 28th.  According to PALMS Bylaws, every member is entitled to one vote.  Group or association members also have one vote and should collectively decide how to exercise that vote. Requests for electronic ballots should be directed to Kerilynn Frey, PALMS Executive Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lake Awards - Nomination Information

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society will present awards to recognize organizations and individuals that have contributed to the science of lake and watershed management in 2013. These awards were established to encourage the advancement of the principle goal of PALMS: the development of partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the protection and management of lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize the many outstanding efforts of organizations and individuals. 

Lake Awards - Nominiation Criteria

Photo Contest - Hit Us With Your Best Shot!

PALMS will continue it's tradition of rewarding great Pennsylvania lake photography at the 2014 conference in State College! We encourage you to participate by contributing photographs taken throughout the year on any of our beautiful PA lakes (or ponds). A contest will be held and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! The 1st place photograph will be used on the PALMS website and showcased in the PALMS newsletter What's Wet.

Photo Contest Rules

Call for Presenters

We have a full agenda for 2014 and are no longer accepting abstracts.  If you would like your abstract to be considered for 2015 please contact us.

For questions about the Conference contact us.

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