With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Wilburforce Foundation, the Salazar Center will host a half-day workshop, as part of its second annual International Symposium for Conservation Impact, for organizations seeking to improve the success of their conservation efforts in rural areas of the western United States. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, the symposium will be held virtually to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

The workshop will convene participants to explore their interactions with rural communities and better prepare them to be successful in that work. Together, the group will identify and unpack the challenges and opportunities that are unique to conservation advocacy work in these areas, as well as the impact of other related factors—such as rural economic transitions, private lands, and human-wildlife conflict—on these efforts.

We’ll highlight powerful personal stories about rural community collaboration from a diversity of stakeholders, alongside Ben Alexander and Robert Bonnie’s respective research on environmental issues in rural western communities, including the Do’s and Don’ts of working on environmental issues in rural western communities and strategies for engagement, communications, issue framing, and relationship building.

Ben Alexander

Senior Program Advisor, Resources Legacy Fund

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Robert Bonnie

Executive in Residence, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

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Capacity will be limited to 70 participants to ensure adequate time and space for meaningful discussion.


Date Start Time End Time
Sep. 16, 2020 1:00 pm 4:30 pm

Contact Information

Dominique Gómez: dominique.gomez@colostate.edu

Key Themes

  • Community-based conservation
  • Connectivity
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Diversity equity inclusion
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes