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 CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation supports and advances the health and connectivity of the natural systems and landscapes of North America – be they urban or rural; working or wildlands; public or private. 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 where healthy, connected landscapes in North America support a rich diversity of life, play a critical role in responding to climate change, support the production of clean air, water and other economic benefits for human communities, and are conserved and protected across political borders throughout the continent.

The Salazar Center benefits from the active engagement and leadership of 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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