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Conference: Large Landscape Conservation Conference on March 1, 2013.

Conservation Catalysts Network: A new resource for universities, colleges, and research organizations catalyzing large landscape conservation initiatives.

Youtube Video: "A Paddler's Perspective on the Colorado River Delta" (from the State of the Rockies program and featuring Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore).


The next generation of innovative conservation leaders are now emerging from our colleges, universities, and research organizations, and they are out to change the world. This online discussion was with Colorado College students and recent graduates who are out on the water, in the water, and in dialogue with senior federal decision makers. We heard several of their tales, and learned how an upcoming conference will bring some of our brightest young conservation innovators together to share their dreams and experiences.

Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore told us more about their journey in kayaks and rafts along the length of the Colorado River, from the Green River in Wyoming to Mexico's Sea of Cortez, and how they shared their findings — and their call to action to save the Colorado River — with US Department of Interior officials in Washington, DC.

Colorado College (CC) staffer Brendan Boepple was also be on hand to explain how their adventure forms an integral part of CC's innovative State of the Rockies program.

In addition, Philip Nyhus, Associate Professor with the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, and Ginny Keesler, a senior at Colby, described the conference they are now organizing for March 1, 2013, on "Students as Conservation Catalysts." The conference will bring together a cadre of students from the US and abroad to offer their most inventive ideas for advancing large landscape conservation initiatives in North America and beyond.

Moderator: James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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