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This year, the symposium will serve as the first major public convening focused on next steps for the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful initiative. Top-level officials from the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will explore how to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030.

The two-day event will also feature researchers, practitioners, and political leaders from Canada, Mexico, and Indigenous territories, who—along with their U.S. counterparts—will explore the state of progress toward similar large landscape conservation goals at the continental scale, and highlight lessons learned from other national-level efforts, such as Canada’s Pathway to Target One. A variety of keynote presentations, panels and networking events will focus on transboundary partnerships, the role of Indigenous nations, and best practices to achieve large landscape goals in the face of climate change in North America. Together, we will look at science and data, policies, and case studies to better understand the benefits that transboundary work can deliver for biodiversity, climate, and human resilience.

The Thriving Cities Challenge final pitch fest will also take place as part of the symposium – be sure to tune in on September 30!

View the working agenda.

Keynote speakers include:

Secretary Deb Haaland, Department of the Interior

Secretary Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New Mexican. Learn more about Secretary Haaland.


Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture

Secretary Vilsack was confirmed as the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 23, 2021, returning to a role where he served for eight years under President Barack Obama. Learn more about Secretary Vilsack.

Chair Brenda Mallory, Council on Environmental Quality

Chair Mallory was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 14, 2021 and sworn in as the 12th Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). She is the first African American to serve in this position. Learn more about Chair Mallory.

Former Vice President Al Gore

Former Vice President Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Learn more about Former Vice President Gore.



Date Start Time End Time
Sep. 28, 2021 8:45 am 3:30 pm
Sep. 29, 2021 8:45 am 3:00 pm
Sep. 30, 2021 8:30 am 3:45 pm

Contact Information

Catie Boehmer:

Sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Trinchera Blanca Foundation, VF Foundation, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Mighty Arrow Family Foundation, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Northern Latitudes Partnerships, and Wilburforce Foundation

Key Themes

  • Connectivity
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Indigenous conservation
  • Large landscapes