The mission of the Down East Research and Education Network (DEREN) is to provide research collaboration and networking opportunities among researchers, educators, landowners, municipalities, conservation organizations, managers, and academic institutions in Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine. The goal of the network is to enhance local scientific and cultural knowledge, land and resource conservation and management, youth participation, and the local economy and governance in the two-county region.
DEREN will host the Convergence Conference 2016 on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at Schoodic Institute.
The annual CONVERGENCE Conference serves as the annual networking meeting of conservation professionals, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine. The conference takes place in early October and is co-planned with Acadia National Park’s Science Symposium.
In 2016 we will be bringing together educators and researchers to discuss and plan ways we can better plan for ways to conserve areas in Hancock and Washington Counties, including in Acadia National Park, in light of climate change scenarios. We will look at present data as well as ways of planning for the future scenarios to help conserve and protect these valuable cultural and ecological habitats. The considered care and protection of surrounding lands is vital to us all- inside and outside the park. The landscape, ecology, and visitor experience inside the park is directly related to the health of the surrounding lands. Vice versa is also true, lands outside of park boundaries also have better conservation outcomes that come from better understanding and protection of these interconnected resources. When we all work collaboratively to think in terms of landscape level health of this amazing ecosystem all areas benefit.