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Environment / Sustainability

Collaborative Conservation Conference Sept. 8-11

September 3, 2009

The Collaborative Conservation Conference will bring together land owners, users and managers, conservation practitioners, university faculty, students and the general public to talk about partnering to envision the next steps to be taken in addressing conservation issues.

Collaborative Conservation Conference
Sept. 8-11
Lory Student Center
Upper level, north end

"We've reached a time when we need to re-imagine the roles of private landowners, government, the market, and the non-profit sector in community-based conservation initiatives."

         --Center for Collaborative Conservation

In response to this need to create new visions for conservation initiatives, Colorado State University is hosting a public conference, "Bridging the Gap: Collaborative Conservation from the Ground Up," on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. 

Keynote address, Tuesday evening, Sept. 8 

The keynote address will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. in the Fort Collins Lincoln Center Canyon West Room. The title of the talk is, "What you reap when you sow collaborative conservation in your community."

"What you reap when you sow collaborative conservation in your community,"will be given by Gary Nabhan, Ph.D. (Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center, University of Arizona). The talk is open to the public. 

Bringing people working in conservation together

The remainder of the conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 11 at noon in the Lory Student Center.

The conference will "bring together people with experience working in rangelands, forests, watersheds, agricultural lands, and urban areas, to develop this new, strategic approach.  We will identify strategies that are necessary to build a broader system for networking, support and learning across collaborative conservations initiatives."

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Then: Coming together

The first generation of collaborative conservation initiatives forged new ways to bring together diverse stakeholders to achieve joint conservation and livelihood goals.

Now: Sustaining our efforts

The second generation challenges entail strategically sustaining and expanding collaborative conservation to new levels and this is what will be discussed at the conference.

"By working together, private landowners, government, non-profits, the private sector and universities have tackled some of our most daunting problems in community-based conservation. This conference will allow these groups to work together to chart out new approaches to current and future challenges," said Robin Reid, director of CSU's Center for Collaborative Conservation.  

Keynote speaker Nabhan is well-known author on conservation

To kick off the conference, Gary Paul Nabhan, a well-known author writing on conservation, ethnobotany and local foods, will speak at the Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. His talk is open to the public and admission is free.

The keynote event is sponsored by Be Local Northern Colorado, Matter Bookstore and the Center for Collaborative Conservation.

Community members welcome

The conference will bring together people with experience working in rangelands, forests, watersheds, agricultural lands and urban areas to develop this new strategic approach. It is open to anyone interested in collaborative conservation and will include:

  • community members
  • private land owners
  • land managers
  • policy makers
  • non-profits
  • the private sector
  • universities

Session panelists will discuss their collaborative work on water, invasive species, fire, energy, forest health, biodiversity, urbanization, climate change and other issues.

Conference sponsors include the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Watershed Assembly, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Governance Work Group from CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability, National Forest Foundation, Sustainable Northwest, Partners for Western Conservation, The Conservation Cooperative, The Nature Conservancy and CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources

Co-hosts for the conference are the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University Extension.

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
Phone: (970) 491-0757