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.

Recordings from the 2021 Symposium now available!

This year, we convened leaders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Indigenous territories to explore the state of progress toward national and international large landscape conservation goals, such as the America the Beautiful strategy (aka 30x30) and Canada’s Pathway to Target One. In particular, conversations focused on transboundary partnerships, the role of Indigenous nations, and best practices to achieve 30x30 at the continental scale. Together, we looked at science and data, policies, and case studies to support the benefits of transboundary work for biodiversity, climate, and human resilience.

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