The inaugural Salazar Center International Symposium on Conservation Impact established a forum to track, incent, recognize, and reward progress on conservation challenges across North America. It convened 200+ thought leaders from the arenas of conservation policy, practice, and research around the theme of landscape connectivity. Attendees represented 10 different city, county, state, and national agencies; 40 non-profit organizations and universities; and 19 funders from 15 states, Canada, and Mexico. Together, we explored opportunities to connect and collaborate across urban and rural, public and private, and wild and working lands; how landscape-scale conservation is critical to environmental and human health; and what opportunities and challenges exist surrounding their conservation and stewardship.

The Center also launched its first competitive prize for conservation impact at the symposium. The prize is one way in which the Salazar Center is pursuing bold new incentives to advance impactful, community-based conservation partnerships that support conservation at scale.

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Date Start Time End Time
Sep. 24, 2019 8:00 am 6:00 pm


McNichols Civic Center Building

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Key Themes

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Connectivity
  • Conservation funding and finance
  • Conservation policy
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Diversity equity inclusion
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Indigenous conservation
  • Large landscapes