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8th Congress for Wildlife

September 3, 2014

The 8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands emphasizes practical knowledge, skills and attitudes with action outcomes to assist private and communal sectors internationally, in North America, and in Colorado.

September 7-12
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colo.

The International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands will be held September 7-12 at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.

Sessions and workshops are planned with invited speakers, related papers from around the world, and field trips in the region.

The Congress is especially relevant to private landowners, producer groups, fish and wildlife industry professionals and agencies, and wildlife recreational user groups.

Congress highlights

Themes include:

  • The Business of Conservation, role of private land owners, and their actions with contributions from western U.S. to Africa featuring professionals and practitioners with help from the Texas Wildlife Association, Western Landowners Alliance, and the North American Grouse Partnership.
  • Climate issues facing the environment that landowners must consider for their livelihoods and wildlife are addressed by various U.S. Climate Science Center professionals including from CSU and University of Colorado.
  • Energy developments have potentials to change livelihoods, landscapes, wildlife, and conservation with the High Lonesome Ranch in Colorado providing examples of research and practices that show how energy, wildlife, and landowners can live more compatibly.
  • Working with landowners to provide biodiversity and to protect imperiled species such as rare plants in Colorado, panthers in Florida, tigers in Asia, and ranch wildlife on the Chile-Argentina border. Biodiversity issues in the Flint Hills of Kansas will also be addressed through the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe.
  • Benefits, barriers, and examples around the world are reviewed in the Community Conservation Symposium.
  • Using legal wild meats and raising elk and deer in captive settings with help from North American Elk Breeders Association and North American Deer Farmer’s Association.
  • Private land management programs and the work of private land biologists sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) featuring speakers with interrelated ties to Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Pheasants Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CPW, local landowners, boards, and cooperating agencies and organizations.
  • Human and Wildlife Conflicts sponsored by the National Wildlife Research Center with a special day-long session about managing feral pigs organized by Texas A&M Extension.

Talks, field trips and workshops

Plenary presentations, invited symposia leaders and speakers were hand-picked for their unique work and communications abilities. Field trips will visit the nearby Blue Valley Ranch and Rocky Mountain National Park or participants can view issues and actions from the air with LightHawk flights.

Workshops will help to develop skills for chemical immobilization and capture techniques for wildlife conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Some believe that for wildlife to be welcomed on private lands, then it must pay its way; consequently, toward the close of the Congress, CSU Extension will work through a session titled "Individual and community planning for agriculture and natural resources on private and communal Lands: What experiences do consumers really want and what are they willing to pay?"

History of Congress

The 1st International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands was held in New Mexico, and has subsequently been held in Africa, Canada and France; each one reflecting how wildlife and recreation contributes to agricultural management, conservation, economies, and healthy societies.

Sponsors include CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Office of International Programs.

Contact: Jim Beers
Phone: (970) 491-2332