Our planet faces existential threats driven by human-induced climate change, species extinction, and rapid population growth, all contributing to increasing pressure on and fragmentation of rural and urban landscapes. To combat these forces, we must bridge divides to ensure best-in-class solutions are shared and widely adopted.

The mission of the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation is to accelerate the pace and scale of equitable, innovative, and durable solutions for nature and all people by connecting diverse leaders, communities, and resources across the North American continent. We know that healthy natural systems support climate adaptation and resilience, protect biodiversity, and support long-term human health. Our intersectional approach builds bridges that connect academic research, community practice, and policy development.

The Center envisions a future in which all people work together to steward a critical mass of healthy and connected landscapes in North America that sustains a rich diversity of life, strengthens climate resilience, and provides for healthy, equitable communities.

The Salazar Center was founded by former US Secretary of Interior, US Senator, and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar. As the nation’s 50th Secretary of Interior, Salazar led the nation's efforts on conservation, including the designation of ten national parks and ten national conservation and wildlife refuges and the organization of more than 100 other conservation and preservation projects in the United States. The Center is housed by Colorado State University, a land-grant institution and a globally respected leader in environmental and conservation research. CSU is recognized for its preeminent conservation programs and their interdisciplinary strength.

Save the date for our fourth annual International Symposium on Conservation Impact!

This year, the symposium will be held October 6-7 and will focus on transboundary conservation, specifically across the US-Mexico border, which spans nearly 2,000 miles across six distinct ecoregions and shapes a landscape that is home to more than 15 million people. The represents a unique opportunity to explore how to improve conservation outcomes for both people and ecosystems – and how to do so in the context of multinational, transboundary collaboration.

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