The 2012 Restoring the West Conference will examine how the boom in energy development occurring in many parts of the West is affecting or may affect the well-being of plant and animal species found in the region. From sage grouse, to the hookless cactus, to shrubby reed-mustard, many unique organisms are now facing increased pressure as energy resources are developed. We invite biologists, land managers and owners, energy development firms, and students to come together to talk about which plants and animals are at risk, how energy development affects these organisms, and how we might mitigate these effects to maintain biodiversity and promote responsible energy development. Please join us for this conference, which will include plenary sessions on both days and a poster session Tuesday afternoon. Poster submissions are requested..