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AMFF Announces Fish Conservation Symposium in Vermont

AMFF ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL DEBORAH PRATT DAWSON CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM


Editor's note: The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located in Manchester, VT. It has many fascinating displays of heritage angling memorabilia and an excellent research library. It is located about 200 metres away from the Orvis home store.

Jan. 29, 2015

   Dr. Michael Cooperman will headline a weekend-long conservation event at the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF). Visit our Museum and join the discussion on the hottest conservation topics.
   $50 for the weekend with discounted lodging rates

Manchester, VT The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced today that their first annual Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium will be held on March 14th and 15th at the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont. The topic for the event will be the use of new technology in aiding conservation efforts.

The symposium will feature speakers from the national chapter of Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, American Rivers, Inter-Fluve, the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

The event will begin at the Orvis Fly Fishing School with registration and a light breakfast at 8 a.m. on March 14th. Event emcee Jim Heckman will introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Cooperman of Conservation International, followed by presentations by Cynthia Browning of the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and Jon Carr of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Following lunch, presentations continue with Christopher Haak of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Amy Singler of American Rivers, Colin Lawson, Erin Rodgers, and Gabe Bolin of Trout Unlimited, and Nick Nelson of Inter-Fluve.

Event participants will have the opportunity to join the conversation with an interactive question and answer session after each presentation. Following the presentations there will be a closing reception starting at 5 p.m. at the American Museum of Fly Fishing and concluding at 7 p.m. The event continues the following morning with a light breakfast and conservation films, including the award-winning Return of the River shown at Manchester Village Picture Shows.

The cost of a weekend ticket is only $50 with admission to all presentations, movies, and food included. Weekend tickets are also available at a Benefactor level $100 (with $50 as a tax-deductible donation) and Sponsor at $250 (with $200 as a tax-deductible donation). Any full-weekend tickets must be purchased online before the event here.

Educators and students can contact spitcher@amff.com for a discounted ticket. Sunday-only tickets are available for $20 online or at the Manchester Picture Shows box office on March 15, which includes admission to breakfast and the films.

The AMFF has secured $99 per night pricing at the Manchester View Inn for event attendees. There are also discounted rates available at the Aspen, the Barnstead Inn, and the Inn at Manchester. Please mention the symposium when calling these three lodging areas to secure your discounted rate.

About the American Museum of Fly Fishing:

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all.

The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher.

For more information about the Museum and the 2015 Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium, please visit our website www.amff.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Media Contacts:
Peter Nardini | Communications Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 207 | pnardini@amff.com

Samantha Pitcher | Membership and Events Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 208 | spitcher@amff.com