The New River Symposium is a multidisciplinary conference held biennially in the New River watershed (parts of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia).
Photo: Shumate Falls, Va., near the West Virginia state line.

Recent Submissions

  • Rare Plants Love Whitewater Too! 

    Perles, Stephanie; Manning, Doug (New River Symposium, 2022-04-11)
    The riparian vegetation communities of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River represent some of the most biodiverse and rare flora with within ...
  • WV Stream Watch App: Easily Report Pollution Incidents in West Virginia’s Waters 

    Dodson, Jenna (New River Symposium, 2022-04-11)
    Citizen scientists are increasingly using Smartphone apps as a way to broaden and streamline data collection. WV Stream Watch, an app recently developed by West Virginia Rivers and Trout Unlimited, is an effective tool ...
  • Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve: Trends, Concerns, and Management 

    Kull, Katie (New River Symposium, 2022-04)
    The eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a long-lived, shade-tolerant evergreen tree which grows throughout eastern North America, including within New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Its dense foliage creates a ...
  • Longitudinal assessment of estrogenic activity along the New River 

    Pena-Ortiz, Michelle; Tuberty, Shea (New River Symposium, 2022-04)
    The presence of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) exhibiting estrogenic activity in aquatic environments has been recognized as a widespread, pervasive environmental issue since the mid-1990s. These estrogenic compounds ...
  • Recreation Management Issues on Claytor Lake, Virginia 

    Carroll, Joshua; Hinkle, Ethan (New River Symposium, 2022-04)
    Perceptions of the recreation experience on Claytor Lake.
  • No Stone Unturned: Studying Bluehead Chubs at Virginia Tech 

    Bustamante, Thomas; Betts, Madison; Brooks, Samantha; Frimpong, Emmanuel A. (New River Symposium, 2022-04)
    The bluehead chub (Nocomis leptocephalus) is a common, medium-sized freshwater minnow found in streams across the southeastern United States. Each summer, mature male chubs construct mound nests out of thousands of pebbles ...
  • New River Symposium 2011 Program 

    Unknown author (New River Symposium, 2011-05-19)
    A program overview for the New River Symposium held May 19-20, 2011, at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia.
  • The Old Appalachian Trail in the New River Valley, 1931-1955 

    McNeely, Jim (New River Symposium, 2017-05-16)
    This presentation is an overview and summary of the results of my studies and field investigation of the former routes of the Appalachian Trail in southern Virginia. For the purposes of this presentation to the 2017 New ...
  • New River Symposium 2017 Program 

    Unknown author (New River Symposium, 2017-05-16)
    A program overview for the New River Symposium held May 16, 2017, at the Selu Conservancy in Radford, Virginia.
  • Effects of Land Cover and Riparian Buffers on Coldwater Fish Assemblages in Upper South Fork New River Headwater Streams 

    Sanders, C. L.; Kinlaw, T.; Colby, J.; Martin, D.; Goughnour, E.; Kuntz, N.; Spagnolo, W.; Buckner, G.; Tuberty, S. (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    Riparian vegetation is an essential component of a stream ecosystem. Riparian buffers reduce runoff contamination, improve bank stability, and produce shading that regulates the water temperature for many organisms that ...
  • Middle Fork New River Restoration Prioritization Plan 

    Jennings, Greg; Patoprsty, Wendy; Blount, Chelsea; Hartsell, Jonathan (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    The Middle Fork Greenway is an emerging multi-use greenway connecting the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone along the Middle Fork New River in Watauga County, NC. We developed a comprehensive River Restoration Prioritization ...
  • Unlocking New Insights into Riverscapes with Drone-based Laser Scanners 

    Hession, W. Cully (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    Measurement of physical characteristics across space and time is essential for research and management of aquatic ecosystems. Physical parameters help us quantify and understand channel morphology, aquatic and riparian ...
  • Fish, Fishing, and Ecosystem Services and Dysfunctions in the New River 

    Orth, Donald J. (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    This paper reviews the selected ecosystem services provided by New River to riverside communities. I also highlight threats to sustaining these services and dysfunctions and possibilities for restoration. A framework of ...
  • Mucking Around with Aquatic Plants in Claytor Lake: What Have We Learned? 

    Copeland, John R.; Blankenship, Joan; Walters, Laura (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    Aquatic vegetation is an important habitat component in southern reservoirs, but native vegetation in these important fisheries is often displaced by unwanted non-native species, creating less desirable habitat conditions. ...
  • Back to the Future: The TIA Alliance as a Student Recruitment Tool 

    Copeland, John R.; Smith, A. Kirk; Murphy, Brian R. (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    Future natural resource management success depends on a workforce of well-trained, motivated, and relevant conservation professionals. Today’s high school students need to ‘rub elbows’ with inspirational natural resource ...
  • The New River Grant Trail: From 5ML to 5 Liters 

    Blankenship, Joan (New River Symposium, 2019-04-12)
    This presentation is designed to show the connection between native habitat restoration and the funding that is necessary to make the projects happen. The BASS Nation of Virginia with a partnership between Virginia Department ...
  • Program Overview, New River Symposium 2019 

    Unknown author (New River Symposium, 2019-04-11)
    A program overview for the New River Symposium held April 11-12, 2019, at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
  • Service Learning on the River: Educating for Sustainability in the NRV 

    Pearce, Annie R. (New River Symposium, 2017-05-16)
    The New River is influenced by a variety of pressures ranging from economic development and attendant environmental impacts, to changing community expectations and choices, to infrastructure investments by local government. ...
  • Natural history, threats, and current research related to Candy Darter (Etheostoma osburni) in Virginia 

    McBaine, Katie E.; Angermeier, Paul L. (New River Symposium, 2017-05-16)
    The candy darter (Etheostoma osburni) is a small riffle-dwelling, non-game fish species endemic to the New River drainage in Virginia and West Virginia. It is narrowly restricted to medium-size streams with cold-cool ...
  • Community and Sustainability Along the New River 

    Hansell, Tom; Redding, Mary Anne; Wagner, Kelsey (New River Symposium, 2017-05-16)
    In 2016, students at Appalachian State University partnered with the New River Conservancy (NRC) on a series of projects designed to celebrate the NRC’s 40th anniversary and to highlight current issues in the upper New ...

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