This third forum in the Network for Landscape Conservation‘s Future of Landscape Conservation series focused on the fundamental importance of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in collaborative landscape conservation. This conversation builds from the Weaving the Strands Together: Case Studies in Inclusive and Equitable Landscape Conservation report, which the Network released in early 2021 in partnership with the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

Dr. Mamie Parker opened the forum with a keynote address and then moderated a panel discussion featuring:

  • Curtis Bennett – Director of Equity & Community Engagement at National Aquarium, and steering committee member of Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
  • Patrick Gonzales Rogers – Executive Director of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
  • David Lamfrom – Vice President of Regional Programs at the National Parks Conservation Association
  • Martha Williams – Principal Deputy Director of USFWS, acting director

Dates

Date Start Time End Time
March 31, 2021

Contact Information

Contact the Network to learn more.

Network for Landscape Conservation

Key Themes

  • Community-based conservation
  • Connectivity
  • Diversity equity inclusion
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Indigenous conservation
  • Large landscapes
Save the date! September 28-30, 2021

This year, the Salazar Center’s annual symposium will explore challenges and opportunities related to the United States’ first ever national conservation goal, America the Beautiful, also known as 30×30. This event will convene U.S. conservation leadership to explore what it means to protect 30 percent of critical lands and waters in the United States by the year 2030, with benefits for both climate resilience and human well-being.

The symposium will also serve as the goalpost event for a series of four initiatives along the U.S.-Canada border, bringing together policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on binational collaboration, and highlighting lessons learned from Canada’s Pathway to Target One—a similarly ambitious goal to 30×30, in place since 2016. Look for announcements of keynote speakers, panels, and other agenda details in the coming weeks!

The Thriving Cities Challenge final pitch fest will also take place as part of the symposium.

Please note: In order to ensure the health and safety of all participants, this event will be held in a hybrid format with opportunities for both in-person and virtual participation.

Dates

Date Start Time End Time
Sep. 28, 2021
Sep. 29, 2021
Sep. 30, 2021

Contact Information

Catie Boehmer: catie.boehmer@colostate.edu

Key Themes

  • Connectivity
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes

In collaboration with an unprecedented coalition of university centers across the western United States, the Salazar Center is co-hosting a new webinar series! Conservation Conversations will explore the conservation challenges of the future and identify specific policies, programs, and strategies to help secure the long-term health of the nation’s natural resources, wildlife, and landscapes, and broaden the benefits for all Americans.

The inaugural installment of the series was hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity and explored the current effectiveness of biodiversity conservation, especially in light of climate change, within existing national parks, wilderness areas, national conservation areas, and other legally protected federal and state public lands. Panelists also discussed actions needed to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity goals of 30 by 30.

Dates

Date Start Time End Time
July 29, 2020 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Contact Information

Dominique Gómez: dominique.gomez@colostate.edu

Conservation Conversations webinar series

Key Themes

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Connectivity
  • Conservation policy
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes
  • Resiliency

With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Wilburforce Foundation, the Salazar Center hosted 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.

The workshop convened participants to explore their interactions with rural communities and better prepare them to be successful in that work. Together, the group identified and unpacked 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 highlighted powerful personal stories about rural community collaboration from a diversity of stakeholders, alongside 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.

You can view the complete agenda, as well as variety of recordings from the virtual workshop:

Watch the video playlist of the rural workshop
This playlist provides the complete recording of the workshop in three parts.

Recordings from the workshop include:

  • Part 1, featuring Kendall Edmo (Blackfeet Tribe), Angelina Gonzalez-Aller (Center for Large Landscape Conservation), and Ben Alexander (Resources Legacy Fund)
  • Part 2, featuring Teresa Martinez (Continental Divide Trail Coalition), Simon Sotelo (New Mexico Wild), and Dr. Robert Bonnie (Duke University)
  • Part 3, highlighting lessons learned and common themes
  • Check out the graphic recording of the event, as well as a timelapse, by Heartwood Visuals

Dates

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

In this second session of our two-part series on large landscape conservation, we discussed strategies being used by private landowners to advance conservation at scale and explore the role of private land conservation and working lands in large land conservation efforts. To learn more about the large landscape conservation movement in North America in general, check out the first webinar, Land Conservation at Scale.

This webinar featured private lands conservation experts Rye Austin, Lesli Allison, and Erik Glenn.

Rye Austin

Executive Director, Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation

Learn more about the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation

 

Lesli Allison

Executive Director, Western Landowners Alliance

Learn more about Lesli

 

Erik Glenn

Executive Director, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT)

Learn more about Erik

 

Dates

Date Start Time End Time
June 18, 2020 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Contact Information

Dominique Gómez: dominique.gomez@colostate.edu

Key Themes

  • Connectivity
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes

“How much nature do we need?” is a question the Salazar Center is working to bring to the forefront of the conservation conversation, and we’re interested in emerging ideas on this topic such as the 30×30 goal, Half Earth, and Nature Needs Half. The large landscape conservation movement in North America is foundational to this goal of preventing and reversing the loss of our continent’s natural places, so in this installment of our Connecting for Conservation series, Dr. Rebecca Shaw and Heath Nero provided background about the groups working to preserve these landscapes and how they’re doing it, and the scientific basis for the movement.

Photo by Xavier Fane, xavierfane.com; courtesy of The Trust for Public Land.

Dr. Rebecca Shaw

Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

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Heath Nero

Conservation Program Officer, The Wyss Foundation

Learn more about Heath

 

 

Dates

Date Start Time End Time
June 3, 2020 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Contact Information

Dominique Gómez: dominique.gomez@colostate.edu

Key Themes

  • Connectivity
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes

This was a special Earth Day edition of the Salazar Center’s Connecting for Conservation webinar series, featuring former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar! Secretary Salazar was joined by Professor Stephen Mumme of Colorado State University in a discussion of cross-border conservation in North America. They explored successes, challenges, and opportunities for the future through examples such as Big Bend National Park, the Crown of the Continent, and the Colorado River Delta.

Secretary Ken Salazar

Founder, Salazar Center for North American Conservation, and Former US Secretary of the Interior, Colorado Attorney General, and US Senator

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Dr. Stephen Mumme

Professor, Political Science, Colorado State University

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Dates

Date Start Time End Time
April 22, 2020 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Contact Information

Dominique Gómez: dominique.gomez@colostate.edu

Key Themes

  • Connectivity
  • Conservation policy
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes

Co-hosted by the Salazar Center and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, this Summit will bring together a cross-section of conservation leaders and practitioners from across Canada, United States, and Mexico to develop a unified framework to guide and inform grassland conservation efforts and investment strategies for the next 10 years. Several grassland conservation efforts are underway, and this is an opportunity to bring them together in a unified framework. Together we will work toward common goals, address greatest needs, and contribute collectively to a sustainable landscape for migratory birds, pollinators, other wildlife, people, agriculture, and natural resource production throughout the Central Flyway.

Contact Information

Tammy VerCauteren, Executive Director, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies:
tammy.vercauteren@birdconservancy.org | 970-482-1707 x16

Location

Lory Student Center

1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Key Themes

  • Biodiversity
  • Connectivity
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Large landscapes

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.

Speakers included:

Dates

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

Location

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