Devils Hole Workshop 2018

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“Developing a Better Understanding of the Death Valley Region”

May 2-4, 2018

USGS and The Amargosa Conservancy are pleased to host the 2018 Devils Hole Workshop at the Beatty Community Center. The Keynote Speaker will be Jon Benedict of the Nevada Department of Water Resources (NDWR; State Engineer’s Office) speaking on The Role of Hydrogeologic Science in Decision Making by the NDWR. There will be technical presentations from a variety of disciplines, a poster session, a field trip, and other free evening events during the workshop.


Wednesday, May 2

  • Presentations begin at 1:00pm
  • Catered Dinner and Poster Session at the Community Center at 6:00pm
  • (Cost is included in registration fee)

Thursday, May 3

  • Presentations begin at 9:00am

Friday, May 4

  • Field Trip to the Northern Amargosa River in the Oasis Valley, Led by The Nature Conservancy


Call for Abstracts

Please email an abstract of your proposed presentation or poster no later than Friday, April 13, 2018 to Wayne Belcher. Please limit abstracts to about 250 words and indicate whether your presentation is oral or poster format. Selected oral presentations will have 20 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.


Please contact Wayne Belcher for registration information. Payment for the conference can be made using EventBrite.

Hotel Reservation Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Stagecoach Inn at a group rate of $60.95 plus tax per night (no tax with government ID and credit card). You must make reservations no later than April 13, 2018 and mention the Devils Hole Workshop to get this discounted room rate. For reservations, please call 775-553-2419 to reserve your room. Inform the reservations desk you are with the Devils Hole Workshop.

Field Trip

The Friday field trip will be "The Northern Amargosa River in Oasis Valley and Beatty, Nevada: Hydrology, Habitat, and Humanity,” led by Leonard Warren of The Nature Conservancy.

Participants will likely travel to the 7J Ranch, the headwaters of the Amargosa River, Torrance Ranch, TNC properties near Beatty (including the Beatty Narrows), and tour the private Spicer Ranch.
Participants will also learn about the surface hydrology of the Amargosa River in the Oasis Valley/Beatty area and partnerships with private property owners, TNC, and agencies regarding Amargosa toad habitat, tamarisk removal, and ranching/mining operations.

Bring your binoculars and expect to see an excellent selection of birds, golden eagles, wild burros, speckled dace, dragonflies, and butterflies.

Safety briefing and departure at the Beatty Community Center, Friday May 4th @9:00am.


Stargazing Activity

POC Rebecca Frus
Wednesday May 2nd @ 8pm behind the Water Tower adjacent to N. E. Ave & W. Center St. 

Mountain Biking and (or) Hiking at the Transvaal Flat Trail System-POC Phil Gardner

Thursday May 3rd @ 5pm meeting at Stagecoach Inn parking lot.