24th Annual PALMS Conference ~ Healthy Lakes, Healthy Communities ~ March 19 - 20, 2014
We're busy gearing up for the Annual PALMS Conference. You can find the most up-to-date conference information here.
Conference Location & Lodging
The conference will be at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA
1450 S Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
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!
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.
The 24th Annual Conference is offering another awesome line-up of speakers on a variety of topics including aquatic invasive species control, forming a sustainable lake association, water quality monitoring in the Marcellus shale region, and results of recent BMP projects to name a few!
Conference Agenda will be available soon.
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.
General Registration Information
All session fees include conference materials and a one-year membership to the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society. Session fees also include breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, and networking opportunities. Lodging and dinner are not included in session fees.
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.
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.
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.
PALMS will continue it's tradition of rewarding great Pennsylvania lake photography at the 2014 conference in State College! We encourage all of our members to participate by contributing photographs taken throughout the year on any of our beautiful PA lakes. A contest will be held and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners again this year. The winning photograph will be used on the PALMS website and showcased in the PALMS newsletter What's Wet.
More photo contest information will be available shortly.
Call for Presenters
Information will be available soon.