Schedule

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28 May

01 June

04 June

11 June

17 June

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25 June

29 June

14 July

21 July

28 July

04 August

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28 May

01 June

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Rachel VandeVoort

Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation
Rachel VandeVoort – Harnessing the Power of Outdoor Recreation

Born and raised in the mountains and streams of Montana, Rachel VandeVoort earned a BS in Resource Conservation and Watershed Management from the University of Montana. She immediately put it to use as an over educated fly angler. Since then, Rachel has built a diverse career that spans: organic agriculture, management in the skiing, fly fishing, whitewater and firearms industries. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to create and direct the Montana Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Rachel resides in Whitefish, Montana with her two sons in the center of the recreation world. She feels confident every time she steps off a plane, after traveling to hunt and fish the world, that her life really lives up to what the sticker says on her Yeti cooler - "my life is better than a vacation."

Rachel will discuss how her childhood connection to the land has led to a career that spans the hunting, angling and outdoor recreation industries. She will share how her unique perspective can help bridge the multiple, and sometimes conflicting uses of our public lands.

Thanks to our partnership with Mountain & Prairie, and host Ed Roberson, we are pleased to bring you this interview with Rachel VandeVoort--Director of the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation.

01 June

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Gabe Vasquez

Founder
Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project
Gabe is the founder of the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project and serves as a city councilor in Las Cruces, New Mexico, home to the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument. Gabe grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and developed a childhood passion for the outdoors fishing in the Rio Bravo with his father Alfonso.

Gabe has more than a decade of experience working on local, state, and federal public policy and advocacy, including working for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. He is an avid hunter, angler, and hiker. Last year, Gabe drafted New Mexico's Outdoor Equity Fund legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, that was enacted into law in 2019. This public-private fund is part of New Mexico's Office of Outdoor Recreation and provides micro-grants to nonprofit organizations and incorporated governments to connect low-income youth to the outdoors in urban, rural and Native American communities throughout New Mexico.

Gabe will share his story about a life spent outdoors and how it has led him to his current career where he works to tell the stories of Latinx & Hispanic communities to help inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. His success stories will inspire us to continue our efforts to connect all Coloradans to the outdoors.

29 June

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Aaron Mike

Native Lands Regional Coordinator
Access Fund
Aaron Mike is a Diné (Navajo) rock climbing guide, Athlete with Natives Outdoors, and Native Lands Regional Coordinator with the Access Fund. Mike's work includes promoting and strengthening Tribal interests in outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation management.

25 June

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Adam Gall

Founder
Timber to Table Guide Service
Adam Gall is an outfitter in western Colorado. Along with his wife, Ana, they run Timber to Table Guide Service. These guided hunts are geared specifically towards new hunters and place a big emphasis on the food and educational aspects of hunting. Formerly employed as a USFS wildland firefighter, wolf biologist, and high school science teacher. He and Ana live in Hotchkiss where they are the proud parents of two daughters.

04 June

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Alex Alma

COTREX Project Manager
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
In addition to COTREX, Alex works to advance trails projects and recreation initiatives all across Colorado. He is originally from Wisconsin - the state of delicious cheese.

14 May

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Amy Schwarzbach

Natural Resources Manager
City of Durango
Amy is the Natural Resources Manager for the City of Durango and oversees nearly 5,300 acres of open space and more than 110 miles of natural surface trails that are owned or managed by the City. She received her Bachelor of Science in International Agriculture and Natural Resources with a major in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her professional experience includes land conservation and stewardship with The Nature Conservancy and Estes Valley Land Trust, and prior to joining the team at the City, Amy served as the Executive Director at La Plata Open Space Conservancy serving Southwest Colorado. Earlier seasonal work for federal land management agencies includes work as a biological technician for the National Park Service at numerous national parks across the country and as a lands specialist for the US Forest Service in southwest Colorado. Amy’s professional experience spans wildlife research, land use planning, land acquisition and conservation, trail planning and stewardship, environmental education, fire mitigation, and interagency collaboration.

14 May

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Andrew Taylor

District Wildlife Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

District Wildlife Manager Andrew Taylor was raised in Monte Vista, Colorado. He grew up spending most of his summers camping and working for his father and grandfather doing irrigation work. He thoroughly enjoys hunting.Andrew attended Colorado State University and earned his B.S. in wildlife management with a minor in conservation biology. In 2014 Andrewwas hired as a District Wildlife Manager and was placed in Paonia, CO and has really enjoyed it. He lives there with his wife, Megan and children Trenton and Clara. Andrew has a passion for getting new hunters involved and in the field. 

04 June

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Anna Zawisza

Chief Program Officer
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Anna Zawisza currently serves as the Chief Program Officer at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Prior to joining VOC in 2015, Anna spent seven years at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the last two as their Executive Director. Throughout her career, Anna has worked to further sustainability through climate change mitigation initiatives, making higher education possible for low income students, and engaging in the community to further environmental stewardship and human services.

In addition to her professional life, Anna volunteers with VOC, The Park People and A Little Help, providing assistance on public lands and helping seniors stay in their homes through completing household chores that they can no longer accomplish independently. When she’s not working, she spends most of her time in the outdoors with her partner Peter and dog Nina.

Anna completed an MBA at Webster University and holds a BS in Management Science from SUNY Geneseo.

14 May

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Ann Baker Easley

Chief Executive Officer
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Ann Baker Easley is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder. There, she first discovered the joys of the outdoors through family camping trips, backpacking and hiking. Today she helps thousands who share her love for the outdoors get involved in outdoor stewardship volunteer efforts across Colorado through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). Over the past 26 years, Baker Easley has led numerous environmental, volunteer, and youth-development oriented nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strengthening their programs and helping them grow to new levels. During that time, she founded or helped start 7 different youth and civilian service corps programs, both in Colorado and nationally. Prior to VOC, she founded the Colorado Youth Corps Association where she served as its Executive Director for 11 years. Baker Easley joined VOC as Executive Director in March 2007. At VOC, she is focused on recruiting a new generation of outdoor volunteers and leaders, and expanding VOC’s programs to pioneer a new era of outdoor stewardship. Under her leadership, VOC recently received the “Making a Difference Award” for exceptional contributions to conservation and management of public lands, the highest national award from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). She was recently promoted to be VOC’s Chief Executive Officer. Baker Easley presently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, is a member of the Colorado Non-Profit Association’s Leadership Advisory Committee, and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s 2017 Thought Leaders. She graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major in Psychology and Social Work and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

18 June

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Becky Leinweber

Executive Director
Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
Becky Leinweber serves as Executive Director of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA), whose mission is to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration.The organization brings together businesses, nonprofits, and land management entities who recognize the value of our region’s incredible natural and recreation assets to our community, both as an economic driver and for our health and well-being. PPORA was awarded the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partner of the Year Award for the Southeast Region in 2020, and Becky was recognized as a Woman of Worth from Visit Colorado Springs and was selected as the 2018 recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Tourism Award. She also co-owns Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs with her husband, David, where she instructs women’s fly fishing classes and camps and founded and co-leads Pikes Peak Women Anglers, a local fly fishing club.

18 June

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Ben Lara

Salida Ranger District Recreation Staff
United States Forest Service
Ben has been working as the Salida Ranger District Recreation Staff for the past 10 years. Originally from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado, Ben started his Forest Service career on the Inyo National Forest and Pacific Southwest Regional office in California. He has spent the better part of his career working on facilitating access to National Forests. Ben has a strong passion for connecting people to their public lands and building a strong stewardship ethic within the communities he serves. During his time with the Forest Service, Ben has worked with some amazing communities and natural landscapes in California, Wyoming, Honduras, Brazil and the Philippines. Ben’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Parks and Protected Area Management from San Francisco State University.

28 May

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Ben Lawhon

Education Director
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Ben Lawhon is a seasoned conservation professional with deep commitment to environmental protection through education, partnership, public/private collaboration and the stewardship of natural resources. He joined the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics staff in 2001. As the Education Director his responsibilities include research, curriculum development, management of national education and training programs, agency relations and oversight of national outreach efforts.

14 May

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Bob Morris

District Wildlife Manager
CPW

11 June

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Brandon Watkins

Associate Director
Colorado Youth Corps Association
Brandon started as the Associate Director with Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) in August 2017. He first entered the Corps world in 2010 as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps NCCC in Denver. He joined the NCCC Wildland Fire Crew and helped fight fires across all of Colorado. After falling in love with service and land conservation, and the state of Colorado, Brandon stuck around Denver and enrolled in a second term of service with an AmeriCorps State program housed at Denver Human Services. After his second term, Brandon joined a nonprofit called Playworks as a Program Manager where he oversaw 12 AmeriCorps members serving 1700-hour terms supporting low-income elementary schools around Metro Denver.

Managing AmeriCorps programs has been at the heart of Brandon’s career path, especially one focused on land and energy conservation. At CYCA, Brandon’s main role is to support the AmeriCorps grant and the five corps within it. He oversees grant compliance, provides technical support and training, and ensures our local corps are fully supported in running their programs.

04 June

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Brien Webster

Program Manager
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Brien was born and raised in Colorado. “For as long as I can remember,” he said, “my family has come together for reunions timed around hatches, hunts and favorite landscapes.” After receiving a BA in Government from the University of Redlands, Brien headed to Zambia where he spent two years with the Peace Corps. Upon returning home he found his way to the West Slope of Colorado and worked on public lands and water conservation issues with Conservation Colorado as a community organizer.

The opportunities and experiences made possible by our public lands and waters have shaped Brien’s identity and deepened his passion and curiosity as a sportsmen. When he’s not in the office chances are he’s in the field or on the river sharing his favorite pastime of pursuing wild game in new and familiar landscapes with his wife, Holly, family and friends. Brien is thrilled to be working with BHA, and as a Chapter Coordinator he’s committed to supporting and amplifying the efforts of the Colorado and Wyoming chapters.

04 June

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Carlos Fernandez

Colorado State Director
The Nature Conservancy
Carlos is currently the Colorado State Director for the Nature Conservancy, where he leads a staff of 50 and a Board of Trustees of 23. Working together with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers, Carlos and his team strive to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.

Carlos previously served the Conservancy as the Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager and the Patagonia Program Manager. He joined the Conservancy in January 2003, working as the Foreign Legal Advisor for the South American Conservation Region of The Nature Conservancy, based at the Worldwide Office, in Arlington, VA. Earlier in his career, Carlos worked for big international law firms in both Washington, DC and Buenos Aires, Argentina with an expertise in corporate finance and energy issues. He holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center (1998) and a J.D. from the University of Mendoza, School of Law from Mendoza, Argentina (1996).

18 June

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Cate Townley

Senior Built Environment Specialist
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Cate Townley, is a Senior Built Environment Specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Her primary role at CDPHE is to work with community organizations, local public health agencies, and local governments on policy and environmental change efforts to promote access to safe spaces for physical activity, increase access to shade, and prevent chronic disease for all Coloradans. Cate is an appointed member of Colorado’s Inter-Agency Trails Council, a member of the Colorado Public Health Parks and Recreation Collaborative, a member of the Urban Land Institute Building Healthy Places Committee and a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for Englewood, Colorado. 

11 June

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Chris Castilian

Executive Director
Great Outdoors Colorado

A native of Colorado, Castilian has a lengthy history of both private and public service, including serving as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bill Owens, as well as director of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners. Most recently, Castilian was director of strategy and engagement for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., where he led government affairs, social investment, employee engagement, and stakeholder outreach for the Rockies region. He also served as a commissioner for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and is on several other boards of nonprofit organizations throughout the Denver metro area.

18 June

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Chris Pipkin

Park Ranger and Outdoor Recreation Planner
BLM
Chris Pipkin has been planning, building and maintaining trails since 1989 when he first volunteered for a VOC trail construction project while studying at Colorado State University. After that first project, he was hooked, and has pursued his passion for trails throughout his career managing public lands for the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction. After graduating from CSU with a degree in wildlife biology in 1992, he got his start at the BLM by volunteering for the recreation program. Along with other duties, he led volunteer trail construction crews, and helped design new trails in the Kokopelli Loops area. Since then, he’s had a hand in most of the new trails, both motorized and non-motorized, in the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office. Working on trails with volunteers and community partners has been an integral part of Chris’ jobs as a Park Ranger and Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM. Chris sees trails as a tool to connect people to their public lands, and to foster stewardship of Colorado’s diverse natural and cultural resources, along with other uses of public lands. He helps implement the BLM’s national recreation strategy, Connecting with Communities, by engaging community partners in trail planning, design, construction and maintenance. That entails on-the-ground trail design and layout with volunteers and staff, writing planning documents, organizing construction and maintenance projects, and leading trail crews. He also teaches trail design and crew leadership courses. Chris lives in Grand Junction, where he and his wife have raised three children. When he’s not working on trails, he enjoys mountain biking and hiking on the many amazing trails in western Colorado and eastern Utah. He also enjoys backpacking, fly fishing, road biking, and backcountry telemark skiing.

11 June

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Cindy Williams

Executive Co-Lead of Envision Chaffee County and Chair of the Chaffee County Common Ground Fund
Cindy is the Executive Co-Lead for Envision Chaffee County, a non profit organization convened by the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners., and the Chair of the Chaffee County Common Ground Fund. She is a Colorado native, tapping her experience to help Central Colorado maintain its identity, rural landscapes and natural resources as the state grows.

Williams is an accomplished executive with 30 years of domestic and international experience including executive roles leading global exploration, innovation and technical services for Newmont Mining Company. She holds a BS and MSc in Economic Geology from Colorado State University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Daniels College of Business. In her spare time, Cindy is working to catch fish in 200 Colorado high lakes by 2020.

28 May

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CJ Goulding

Manager, Community Leadership Development
Children & Nature Network
In his work with the Children & Nature Network, CJ Goulding trains, mentors and supports a national network of young leaders who are creating equitable access to nature in their communities. His work stems from his previous experience as an outdoor trip leader, community conservation crew leader, youth programs manager for the National Park Service, his Masters studies in Urban Environmental Education, and his overall passion for people, community, and leadership. He was featured in the Outdoor Industry's inaugural "30 Under 30" list (2016) highlighting game changers in the outdoor industry, and his essay "Why I Wear Jordans in the Great Outdoors" has been published in books and featured in culturally relevant outdoor curriculum all across the country.

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04 August

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Courtney Geib

Portfolio Manager
Corporation for National and Community Service, Mountain Region
Courtney Geib joined CNCS in September 2019 after more than a decade working in the nonprofit sector, most recently focusing on evaluation and operations with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Her passion for national service rose from a two-year stint serving as an AmeriCorps State & National member in the San Francisco Bay area. From there, she transitioned to managing a large AmeriCorps State & National grant and coordinating operating sites across the country before returning home to Colorado.

04 June

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Dana Coelho

Executive Director
Metro Denver Nature Alliance
Dana Coelho is the Executive Director of Metro DNA and a community-proclaimed dangerous collaborator! Motivated by the belief that a coordinated alliance can achieve more than the sum of its parts, Metro DNA is a growing coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts to ensure more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places. Dana joined Metro DNA following an 11-year career with the US Forest Service, most recently serving as Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region where she worked alongside five state coordinators from CO, WY, SD, NE, and KS to build vibrant local community forestry programs. She is a full-time mom of two crazy dogs, part-time co-parent to three amazing kiddos, serial volunteer, and lover of the outdoors.

11 June

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Dan Gibbs

Executive Director
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
As Executive Director, Dan Gibbs leads the development and execution of the Department’s initiatives for the balanced management of the state’s natural resources. Dan works on an array of issues pertaining to all of Colorado’s natural resources, including water, wildlife, state lands, oil and gas and mining.

Dan is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the productivity and success of government operations and services.

Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Dan served as a Summit County Commissioner from 2010-2018. As county commissioner, Dan successfully pushed for wildfire preparedness, affordable workforce housing, lower health insurance costs and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure.

Prior to his tenure as a Commissioner, Dan served in the Colorado House of Representatives and in the Colorado State Senate where he served on the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. His legislative accomplishments include securing funding for wildfire mitigation and forest health, creating the Colorado Kids Outdoors grant program, supporting watershed health initiatives, and increasing environmental protections for wildlife from oil and gas development.

Dan is a certified wildland firefighter and is affiliated with the ROSS system, through which he is on call to fight wildfires throughout the United States. He chaired the statewide Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire Matters Advisory Council, and represented county governments on the Forest Health Advisory Committee. Dan has served on a variety of civic boards including: Search and Rescue Advisory, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Tourism Office, Youth Corps Association, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Keystone Science School.

Dan is a graduate of Western State Colorado University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Dan enjoys all that living in the high country has to offer, including skiing, running, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. He is a resident of Breckenridge, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Johanna; daughter, Grace; and son, Tate.

18 May

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Danny Fisher

Training Officer
Serve Colorado - The Governor’s Commission on Community Service
Danny Fisher is the Training Officer with Serve Colorado - Governor’s Commission on Community Service. He began his career in public service with a graduate internship with the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service, providing community-based conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation throughout New York State. Following graduate school, Danny was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, during which he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in national preparedness. He later worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama Administration, where he focused on climate change preparedness and community resilience. A certified mediator, Danny graduated with an MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a BS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

04 June

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Dan Prenzlow

Director
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

11 May

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Dan Zimmerer

Statewide Partnership Coordinator
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Dan Zimmerer currently serves as the Statewide Partnership Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). In his current role, he coordinates CPW's annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference and co-facilitates the Colorado Outdoor Partnership. Both are key platforms for organizations across the spectrum of the outdoor industry to gather, collaborate and discuss how to advance and balance outdoor recreation and conservation in Colorado.
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Dave Erickson

Stewardship Director
Aspen Valley Land Trust
Dave was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY and first moved to Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango. After completing his undergraduate degree in environmental biology, he worked for the Teton Regional Land Trust in Driggs, Idaho, where he gained a deep appreciation for the important work land trusts do. He has also worked as a field biologist and natural resource specialist across the U.S. and in the East African country of Tanzania. He completed a master’s degree in wildlife science at the University of Arizona and eventually found his way to the Roaring Fork Valley, where his wife grew up. Dave lives in Carbondale.

04 June

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David Anderson

Program Director and Chief Scientist
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
I am the director for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and spend most of my efforts on program coordination and outreach, and on developing new projects and initiatives for the program. I do a lot of coordination with partners throughout Colorado. My background is in botany and I have worked throughout Colorado studying rare plants and plant communities. Prior to my work in Colorado I worked in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic on botany field projects. I was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific in 1997-1999.

25 June

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Dominique Naccarato

Executive Director
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA)
A native of Salida, Colorado, Dominique Naccarato, MEM is a systems thinking professional who is passionate about community engagement and collaboration. She’s the Executive Director of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), a non-profit with a 24-year history which partners with public land agencies to inspire a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the natural environment. 

28 May

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Doug Vilsack

Assistant Director - Parks, Wildlife and Lands
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Doug currently serves as Assistant Director for Parks, Wildlife and Lands, assisting the Executive Director on wildlife, lands and recreation related issues and working with the Directors of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and State Land Board.
Prior to joining DNR, Doug was the founding Executive Director of the Posner Center for International Development, a shared work-space for international development organizations that engages over 100 tenants and members in Colorado. He is also the founder of Elephant Energy, a social venture that distributes household solar products in Southern Africa and on the Navajo Nation. Doug first traveled to Namibia to work for the World Wildlife Fund in 2005 and has returned on numerous occasions to continue his work with community-based conservation organizations.
Doug was a practicing natural resources attorney in Denver before his work at the Posner Center. He received his J.D. from University of Colorado Law School and his B.A. from Colorado College.

18 June

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​Eden Vardy

Commissioner
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Passionate about leaving the world better for future generations, Eden Vardy is committed to supporting and implementing environmental solutions, namely around agriculture. Vardy has had the honor and privilege of living in Colorado for over 30 years, and enjoys the majority of his days outdoors.

Eden Vardy has a BA in Sustainable Food Systems and an MS in Integrated Eco- Social Design. Dedicated to continuing our state's legacy around agriculture, Vardy is the founder and executive director of The Farm Collaborative, a Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit and farm that connects children and the community to nature and their food source, and solves global climate challenges through local food production.

Vardy is also a regenerative agriculture adjunct faculty for Colorado Mountain College, the CEO of The 2 Forks Club (an organization that makes 0% interest loans to burgeoning community farmers and local food entrepreneurs), the VP of the board of Compass for Lifelong Learning (which oversees the Aspen and Carbondale Community Schools), an avid percussionist, and a very proud husband and father.

04 June

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Ed Roberson

Mountain and Prairie Podcast
Ed Roberson serves as Conservation Director at Palmer Land Trust, an innovative land and water conservation organization that protects Southern Colorado’s working agricultural lands, recreational open space, and stunning scenic vistas. Prior to Palmer, he spent his career in the business world, having worked extensively in ranch brokerage, commercial real estate, and finance. Ed's formal education also centered around business—he holds both a BA in economics and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Wake Forest University. As a passion project, Ed hosts the Mountain & Prairie Podcast, a top-ranking podcast which features interviews with innovators of the American West and has been recognized by the Aspen Institute, High Country News, and other notable organizations. Away from the office, he is keenly focused on mountain sports, having run numerous 50- and 100-mile ultramarathons through the western backcountry and climbed Denali, Aconcagua, and many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains. He calls Colorado Springs home, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute, High Country News, and other notable organizations, the Mountain & Prairie Podcast features substantive, long-form interviews with innovators of the American West. Guests include ranchers, writers, athletes, artists, adventurers, conservationists, entrepreneurs—anyone who’s doing inspired work that contributes to the region’s evolving and complex cultural fabric. Through informal yet in-depth conversations, conservationist Ed Roberson introduces you to these fascinating characters, giving you a better understanding of their careers, influences, and outlooks, as well as a deeper appreciation for life in the American West.

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Emily Orbanek

Parks and Wildlife Program Manager
Great Outdoors Colorado
Emily manages the relationship with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, GOCO’s largest partner. Her work with the agency on joint strategic priorities, funding, and annual programs and projects takes her to all corners of her native state. She joined GOCO in 2014 after a year in Durango working on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act with Conservation Colorado. Prior to the conservation world, Emily spent two years as a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation. Emily graduated from CU’s Executive MBA program in the summer of 2018 and has an undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in Economics and Environmental Studies. In 2018, Emily was appointed to Denver Water’s Citizen Advisory Committee where she represents Denver residents You can find her casting to rising trout in the summer and chasing elk in the fall.

18 June

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Erik Glenn

Executive Director
Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust
Erik is the Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT). As Executive Director, Erik oversees the operations of the land trust and works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that there is consistent alignment with the mission and strategic plan.

Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University, a Master of Resource Law Studies from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Erik also serves on the Steering Committee of the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP) and the Board of Directors of Keep it Colorado and the Partnership of Rangeland Trusts. Erik is also a Trustee of the Western Stock Show Association.

25 June

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Erik Murdock

Policy Director
Access Fund
Erik leads the Access Fund's policy and advocacy program. He is the contact for local climbing management plans and other land management plans on federal and state lands that affect climbing opportunities.

25 June

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Fay Hartman

Conservation Director
Colorado River Basin Program American Rivers
Fay connects communities in the Colorado River Basin to their local rivers. She strives to raise the profile of rivers and demonstrate the values and benefits they have for our communities and the environment. Fay works on innovative policy, program, and project solutions to conserve water in the urban, agricultural, and energy sectors to ensure that the rivers and streams in the region are healthy for local and regional economies, sustainable agriculture, and world-class recreation. You can often find Fay outside adventuring and exploring the amazing spaces in and around Colorado’s rivers with her dog Henry and her husband Peter.

Fay joined American Rivers in 2010. Prior to that she interned with Wisconsin State Representative Cory Mason, and was the Economic Research Assistant for Clean Wisconsin’s water program.

11 June

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Fletcher Jacobs

Statewide Trails Program Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Fletcher Jacobs serves as the Statewide Trails Program Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife where he oversees the division's annual motorized and non-motorized trail grants. Prior to his current role, Fletcher managed volunteer stewardship programs across Colorado for both the public and non-profit sectors. Fletcher graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Geography and Natural Resources/Environmental Sciences.

14 May

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Gabby Zaldumbide

Conservation Communications Specialist
Wildlife Management Institute
Gabby Zaldumbide recently earned her master's degree in public land management from Western Colorado University. She serves as a Conservation Communications Specialist for the Wildlife Management Institute, and also works for Hunt to Eat as their Community Manager. She has been volunteering with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers as a Colorado Chapter Leader since May of 2019. In her free time, she loves writing about her outdoor experiences, jigging for big lakers through the ice in the winter, and going small game hunting for squirrels and rabbits.

04 June

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Gabe Vasquez

Founder
Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project
Gabe Vasquez was born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, and is the founder of the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project. Gabe grew up fishing the Rio Grande in Chihuahua and New Mexico with his father and learned early on about hunting and conservation traditions from his grandfather Javier. Gabe is a Las Cruces City Councilor and serves on the boards of the Outdoor Alliance and Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks. He has previously served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Implementation of the 2012 Forest Planning Rule for the U.S. Forest Service/USDA, has served on numerous local and national boards, and has nearly a decade of experience working on public policy. He has served as the southern New Mexico coordinator for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, a staff member for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, as the director for the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division Advisory Board, and as a volunteer and ambassador for Latino Outdoors. Gabe’s passion is outdoor equity, fishing, hunting, and conservation.
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Jackie Miller

Director of Programs
Great Outdoors Colorado
Over the course of nearly two decades in the grant-making industry, including 13 years at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jackie has created, managed, and directed initiatives to impact others’ lives. In 2015 she spearheaded the launch of Generation Wild, an unprecedented movement in Colorado to connect youth and families with the outdoors. Collaborating with the GOCO Board, stakeholders, partners, and constituents across the state has provided Jackie with a ground-up perspective of program development and grant management as well as in-depth strategic planning and direction experience.

As Director of Programs, Jackie currently directs GOCO’s competitive grant programs and program staff. She is a convener who is passionate about facilitating partnerships across organizations, developing strong and supportive teams, and connecting people with opportunities that will help them grow personally and professionally.

Jackie received her bachelor’s from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, was a 2016 fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, and was selected by the Denver Business Journal as a 2019 40 under 40 award winner. When not at work, Jackie likes to spend time outside with her family, host dinner parties, go to concerts, and find her zen on a yoga mat.

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Jack Placchi

Travel Management and Trails Coordinator
Colorado State Office - BLM
Jack began his current position with Bureau of Land Management in September 2002. Prior to that, he worked for Colorado State Parks as the OHV Program Manager from 1997 to 2002 and worked for the US Forest Service over 18 years. His career includes over 35 years of managing complicated dispersed recreation, trails, wilderness, volunteer, OHV, and travel management programs. He regularly collaborates with diverse special interest groups, agencies, organizations and local governments to plan and implement programs and projects locally, regionally and nationally.

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Jason Robertson

Deputy Director for Recreation, Lands, and Minerals
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region
Jason Robertson serves as Deputy Director for Recreation, Lands, and Minerals in the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service. Robertson has also worked on policy and budget for the Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the non-profit American Whitewater. For fun, Robertson takes his kids around Colorado on skiing, biking, climbing and rafting adventures. 
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Jessica Foulis

Executive Director
Eagle Valley Land Trust
Jessica became executive director in 2020 after a four-year tenure as EVLT’s stewardship and outreach manager. Previously, Jessica worked for conservation organizations including American Rivers and Walking Mountains Science Center. She also has professional trail crew training and was also lead horticulturist for Red Sky Ranch Golf Course. She holds a Master of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech.

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Jessica Godinez

Conservation Program Associate
Hispanic Access Foundation
As a second-generation Mexican-American, Jessica feels inclined to support immigrant communities in navigating the systems of a new country while striving for social equity. Jessica's family moved around Richmond, Virginia for a few years before landing in rural Montpelier, Virginia, where Jessica's love for nature continued to grow as did the gardens around this home. Prior to joining the HAF team, Jessica worked towards social equity by working with local non-profits serving the needs of immigrants, like interpretative services and family literacy programs. Most recently, Jessica worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Lakewood, Colorado through a rigorous internship program in which she served the community by engaging with partners to provide opportunities for underrepresented communities to engage with and steward public lands. She is passionate about re-connecting communities with their innate relationship with nature, which she uses to fuel her work with conservation efforts.

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Jo Burns

Director and Co-Founder
Colorado Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative and Jo Burns Consulting
Jo Burns is widely known for her work in bringing together professionals from parks, recreation and public health. She is the director and co-founder of the Colorado Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative. Over the past several years the collaborative has focused on common interests and mutual impact areas, such as reducing obesity and chronic illness, increasing opportunities for physical activity, improving access to healthy food and beverage choices, and developing walk-able communities.Jo is a Parks & Recreation professional with over 20 years of experience in community, camp and association settings, and continues to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. With numerous public speaking engagements, and critically acclaimed workshops, Jo is a recognized expert in parks and public health arenas. Jo lives in Arvada and loves to hike, ski, bike and roast marshmallows in the backyard firepit.

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Jody Kennedy

Public Involvement Planning Specialist
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Jody Kennedy is the Public Involvement Planning Specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). She engages people who live and recreate in Colorado in order to inform policy, planning and management decisions that impact Colorado’s parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources. Previously, Jody worked as the Washington State Policy Manager for the nonprofit organization, Surfrider Foundation, where she led projects to conserve the Washington coast for both human enjoyment and ecosystem
health. With over 15 years’ experience, Jody has worked in several places across the western U.S. including Washington's San Juan Islands, Alaska, and Oregon advancing strategies to conserve public
lands and other natural resources. Jody has a Master's degree from the University of Washington's Daniel J Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

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Joe O'Brien

COTREX Product Designer
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Joe O’Brien has spent the last decade working in the fields of trail construction, design, volunteer management, nonprofit and government operations, and software development. Currently Joe oversees the development and design of many of the new features within COTREX.

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Julie Mach

Conservation Director
Colorado Mountain Club
Julie joined CMC in 2013 to manage the Conservation Department’s stewardship programs and outdoor recreation advocacy initiatives. With over 11 years of experience working on public lands projects in Colorado, Julie strives to bridge the gap between conservation groups, recreational users and land managers to formulate smart solutions that protect both recreational and natural resources. Previous positions with a conservation corps, an economic development group, an IT company and a small business start-up have given her a variety of skills in project management, fund development, innovative technology use, partnership-building and more. Julie grew up in California and received her Bachelors of Science from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania before relocating to Colorado and landing in Salida where she currently lives and works. Julie embraces the incredible recreational resources throughout the state as a runner, mountain biker, backcountry skier and kayaker, usually with her dog Slider in tow!

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Katie Navin

Executive Director
Colorado Association for Environmental Education
Katie is the executive director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), a network of over 800 educators working to ensure all Coloradans have access to environmental and outdoor learning. She has been active in the field of environmental education for over 15 years. She joined CAEE in May of 2008 and since then has led Environmental Literacy Plan efforts in collaboration with the State Department of Education and is the past chair of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Affiliate Network. 

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Kevin Alexander

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Western Colorado University
Dr. Alexander is associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of biology at Western Colorado University. He helped start the M.S. in Ecology program at Western and is past chair of the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences. He is a field biologist who has worked in aquatic ecology, ecological monitoring, habitat assessments, conservation biology and landscape-scale planning. He is a member of the Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation committee, which he currently chairs, representing hunters and anglers. Dr. Alexander serves on the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative as a Trout Unlimited representative since inception of that working group. Dr. Alexander has served as an appointed and elected representative on the Sportsmen’s Roundtable for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Texas. He has described seven new species of stonefly and one new species of caddisfly. In his time at Western, several of his research projects have been awarded external funding, and he has mentored over 70 student research projects and field experiences. His favorite groups of organisms are stoneflies and fishes.

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Kris Middledorf

Area Wildlife Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Growing up in Boulder Colorado Kris has grew a great appreciation for the outdoors, living life outside, and a passion for conserving our wildlife and natural resources. After serving four years with the United State Marine Corps, Kris returned to Colorado to earn a degree in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University. Kris began his career with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) in 2007, serving as a District Wildlife Manager in Castle Rock and Boulder until moving up to Steamboat Springs in 2016. Now the Area Wildlife Manager in Steamboat Springs managing field operations including land use planning, recreation development, and wildlife management in Routt and Jackson County. Kris has been involved in planning for current and future recreation related projects while balancing the needs for wildlife and conserving our natural resources.

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Kristin Powell

Senior Lead Ranger
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas
Kristin has served in her capacity to protect lands for over 20 years. She is a certified Wildland Firefighter, Emergency Medical Responder and Field Training Officer. Prior to law enforcement, she completed a M.S. at Colorado State University studying Natural Resource Management and spent two summers as a graduate teaching assistant at the university’s Mountain Campus. Kristin resides in Lyons, Colorado with her husband and son. In her free-time she enjoys her horses, mountain biking, trail running and dirt biking.

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Len Necefer

Founder and CEO
NativesOutdoors
Len Necefer is a scholar, entrepreneur, and outdoor adventurer who is also a proud member of the Navajo Nation, from the Tachii’nii and Naakai Dine’e clans. Academically, Len holds a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, and is currently a professor of both Indian Studies and public policy at the University of Arizona. In business, he’s the CEO of NativesOutdoors, a cutting-edge outdoor apparel company that uses its platform to advocate for the cultural empowerment indigenous people. Len is also a committed mountaineer, backcountry skier, and rock climber, having ticked off countless impressive adventures throughout the West.

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Leslie Kaminski

Assistant Regional Director
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Leslie Kaminski has served as an Assistant Regional Director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers since May of 2019. She serves western slope youth as a public school educator teaching 6th grade math and Earth science. Leslie will be starting her master's degree this fall at Mississippi State University studying geosciences. Any time left in her schedule is spent cooking wild game dishes, gardening, backpacking, hunting and fishing.

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Libby Collins

Project Manager
Colorado West Land Trust
As a project manager at Colorado West Land Trust, Libby works to preserve landscapes and develop trail based recreation along the Monument Corridor and around the six county service area. Through partnerships with local organizations and government, Libby fundraises, coordinates public processes and land acquisition that support trail based recreation and community stewardship of public and private lands. She received her Master of Arts from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she studied international economic development with a focus on rural communities.

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Lisa Eadens

Program Coordinator
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Ms. Eadens joined the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education as the Career Development Coordinator in 2013. Formerly, Ms. Eadens lived in Minnesota and was the executive director of a small watershed non-profit where she supervised two staff, oversaw an annual budget of $200,000, and managed multiple concurrent state and foundational grants. In her current position, Ms. Eadens has provided leadership and communication to the Careers in Natural Resources Initiative (a 250+ stakeholder group), organized two semi-annual summits, ran committee meetings, coordinated and executed a pilot natural resource career exploration week called “Work Gone WILD Week,” written a 125-page “How-To Guide for Pursuing a Career in Natural Resources,” and helped launch a new website. Through both her current and previous positions, Ms. Eadens has successfully administered grant funding, including managing budgets and preparing grant reports. Ms. Eadens holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Davidson College in North Carolina and a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.

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Mary Ann Bonnell

Visitor Services Manager
Jefferson County Open Space
Mary Ann is the Visitor Services Manager for Jefferson County Open Space. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mary Ann’s work focuses on supporting the team that manages seven million annual visitors to 46,000 acres of open space. Mary Ann’s research and publications include two urban coyote research papers and a children’s book on climate change. She is currently working on a rattlesnake research journal article.

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Matt Gray

Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Innovation Lab
Matt Gray serves as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Innovation Lab. Focused on facilitating collaborative conservation initiatives, Matt designs strategic plans and coaches executive leaders to implement actionable goals. Matt believes in the power of truly listening to others and being aware of the world around him, empowering the creative skills that each individual brings to our most pressing challenges.

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Matt Schulz

Forest Management Coordinator
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Matt Schulz manages several statewide conservation initiatives for Colorado Parks and Wildlife on a wide range of topics including citizen science, forest management, prescribed fire, cultural resources, and paleontology. These initiatives feed into a larger Resource Stewardship Program designed to provide direction and assistance on all resource issues for state park management. Matt's expertise is in forest ecology, GIS, resource planning and integration of scientific information into planning and management. Matt has been a resource manager for over 15 years after receiving his formal training from Colorado State University and worked with local governments on natural resource, recreation and water issues prior to joining CPW.

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Melissa Daruna

Executive Director
Keep It Colorado
Melissa joined Keep It Colorado after a decade in the parks and recreation field where she focused on policy development, community programming and strategic partnerships. She has a Bachelor of Science in parks, recreation and tourism administration from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Melissa is passionate about protecting and preserving Colorado’s beautiful landscapes and rich heritage. When not at work, Melissa can be found hiking, biking, climbing, fishing or running with her husband, son and black lab.

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Michael Menefee

Research Associate III: Environmental Review and Data Distribution
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Michael Menefee, Data Distribution and Environmental Review Coordinator at CNHP, has been working as a conservation scientist at CNHP for over fifteen years. He has expertise in technical report writing, geographic information systems, spatial analysis, information technology, graphic design, desktop publishing software, project administration, photography, public outreach and communications. He regularly interacts with tabular and spatial databases, and specializes in interpretation and packaging of the data for a range of governmental and non-governmental clients. He is proficient in purposing datasets to help answer complex conservation planning and natural resource management questions. Michael applies his skill set to review proposed projects for potential impacts to sensitive species and significant natural communities and provides this information to a myriad of clients including governmental entities, private consultants, researchers, agencies, citizens and nonprofit organizations.

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Mike Sukle

Founder + Creative Director
Sukle Advertising & Design
Every day, Mike’s expertise helps Sukle Advertising & Design, create campaigns that are among the most effective in the country and often held as examples of how to create engaging, impactful communications. The agency has achieved an enviable track record of helping clients across the gamut achieve impressive results, including brands such as Noodles & Company, Carter’s, Whole Foods, Nestlé-Purina, Denver Water, UNICEF Tap Project, Colorado Governor’s Office and Great Outdoors Colorado. Sukle has received creative acknowledgment from around the globe, with work being featured at the Venice Festival of Media, the OBIE Awards and the national Addy awards, as well as on ABC’s “The World’s Best TV Commercials You’ve Probably Never Seen” and in Communication Arts, The One Show, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, George Washington University and Stanford University, among many others. But any chance at gaining a swelled head was dashed the day after his first Best of Show award, when a letter came addressed to “Suckie Advertising.” 

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Nizhooni Hurd

Assistant Urban Ranger Coordinator
Environmental Learning for Kids
Nizhooni Hurd was born and raised in Far Northeast Denver. After attending the Denver School of Science and Technology at Green Valley Ranch, she went on to fulfill her educational pursuits at Colorado College in Colorado Springs as an El Pomar Scholar. Nizhooni has just completed her undergraduate bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Race Ethnicity and Migration Studies. Congrats to her and everyone apart of the class of 2020! While at CC, Nizhooni participated in multiethnic and outdoor recreation student organizations. She helped to organize numerous school events and led outdoor trips for new student orientation and students of color. Nizhooni spent her first two summers working as an Urban Ranger and the next two as a part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars (at NAU). In 2017, Nizhooni completed the Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester program through CC and the Catamount Center. There, she became a certified environmental educator through the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. Nizhooni is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. In her free time, Nizhooni loves to spend time with her family and try different vegan recipes, although she will never be vegan because she loves mutton and chicken wings too much. Nizhooni is also experimenting with some gardening and composting! She is excited to be back working with the ELK Family and get reacquainted with Denver and her Montbello Community.

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Noel Durant

Crested Butte Land Trust
Crested Butte Land Trust
Noel comes to the Crested Butte Land Trust from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he managed park development and urban land conservation projects as a program director for Trust for Public Land. Prior to that, Noel managed 3,500 acres of private land for natural resource benefit at the Lula Lake Land Trust in Georgia. Noel began his conservation career with in fire management with the National Park Service. He worked in prescribed fire management in King’s Mountain National Military Park, and later traveled the west fighting wildfires with the Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew in Rocky Mountain National Park. Noel graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in natural resource management.

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Noé Orgaz

Denver Community Organizer
Conservation Colorado
Noé began his organizing career in 2002 by helping form the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC). Noé helped bring together gang members, high school dropouts and juveniles to advocate for alternative solutions to incarceration and put an end to mass incarceration, including locking up minors in adult jails.

Motivated to educate himself about past revolutions and social movements, Noé took the opportunity to visit the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. There Noé learned about Self-determination, Restorative Justice and the makings of a nation for the people. He witnessed a society that abolished incarceration and outlawed drugs and alcohol. Noé has a passion for justice and fights everyday for the rights of the people.

Today, Noé works for Conservation Colorado, the largest environmental advocacy group in Colorado. As the Denver community organizer, Noé is organizing Latino communities to demand the state prioritizes public health over profit. Noé ensures that Latinos are represented in the legislative process and continues to advocate for human rights. Noé works tirelessly to ensure low-income communities benefit from the legislation that is designed to protect the state's precious resources.

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Norman Reitter

Chief Analytics Officer and Senior Vice President of Analytics Operations
CANA Advisors and CANA Foundation
Norman Reitter is the Chief Analytics Officer and Senior Vice President of Analytics Operations for CANA Advisors. Mr. Reitter is responsible for CANA’s analytic capability development and business operations, company-wide information technology governance and independent research and development. Mr. Reitter has a long history of providing operations research based analysis to a variety of problems and helping different types of organizations improve the quality of their decision support. Mr. Reitter has 25 years of analytics and logistics subject matter experience in delivering analytics and information-based solutions to support complex problems. Mr. Reitter is a MORS Past President and Chair of the INFORMS Analytics Capability Evaluation (ACE) Committee. He is Executive in the CANA Foundation – a philanthropic arm of CANA Advisors focused on creating positive change and providing creative solutions to enhance the lives of people, organizations and the environment. Mr. Reitter’s primary career focus has been on delivering solutions that use a combination of analytics - data, math, visualization - for organizational improvements to support decisions with an information and analytics focus. He has been specifically focused on using operations research methods to support decisions. Through his combined career in the U.S. Marine Corps and in Industry, Mr. Reitter has provided analytics-based solutions and analysis to Marine Corps decision makers and a variety of clients with the most appropriate analytic methods including quantitative risk management for deployed NATO logistics support contracts in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for all branches of the U.S. Military, and including the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command. Mr. Reitter has also worked with commercial and academic partners to transfer their technologies and methods to support logistics modernization programs. Mr. Reitter has been applying mathematical modeling methods and decision support techniques for the majority of his career and briefing results to a variety of audiences including unit level leaders to senior officers in higher headquarter organizations.

M.S., Operations Research, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California – 1999
B.S., Oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland – 1993

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Patsy McEntee

Project Manager & Landscape Architect
National Park Service
Patsy McEntee has been a project manager and landscape architect with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program since 2011 and currently supports projects in TX, UT, OK, CO and MT. She began her parks career 20 years ago building trails with Boulder County Parks & Open Space and has specialty expertise in park development, alternative transportation planning and design, recreation, open space and collaborative planning. Since 2018, Patsy has been supporting DOI Secretarial Order 3366, aimed at increasing recreational opportunities on lands and waters managed by the US Dept. of Interior. She actively integrates health partners and Park Rx programming into her work with communities and supports national programs. Patsy lives in Louisville, CO and is a mountain and road cyclist, hiker, runner, skier, all-terrain stroller-pusher and former mountaineer.

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Pete Baier

Administrator
Mesa County

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Robyn Paulekas

Senior Mediator and Program Manager
Meridian Institute
Robyn is a Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute. In this role she catalyzes collaboration, builds partnerships, convenes policy dialogues, and improves decision-making on a variety of topics, including conservation, outdoor recreation, water, and agriculture. Robyn facilitates the Youth Outdoor Policy Partnership, which brings together experts on youth outdoor engagement and state policy to identify, amplify, and support policies that get kids outside.

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Rosemary Dempsey

Director of Communications
Great Outdoors Colorado
Rosemary joined GOCO in 2016 after a decade of working at advertising and marketing agencies in the Boulder/Denver area. She received her master’s degree in mass communication research from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Journalism School and her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. She lives near the Flatirons in Boulder with her husband and two children. The whole family likes to hike, camp, and road trip to new outdoor destinations. Rosemary oversees GOCO's marketing and communications strategy and serves as the organization's primary press contact. 

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Sarah Lyke

Assistant Program Director
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
Sarah Lyke serves as an Assistant Program Director for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Southwest Region based out of Aurora, CO. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, team-based service program for 18-24 year olds. NCCC’s mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In her role she has the awesome responsibility of performing community outreach and project development in five states. Sarah is a national service alumni serving in AmeriCorps NCCC from 2000-2002. Sarah’s passion for service started while working in the areas of public recreation services and residential camping after earning a Recreation Professions degree from Metropolitan State University. Sarah is still actively engaged in the recreation community as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), member of Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP).

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Scott Segerstrom

Executive Director
Colorado Youth Corps Association
Scott is the executive director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) representing 8 accredited corps which engage more than 1,600 youth, young adults, and veterans annually. Scott has served in the conservation corps sector for more than a decade with CYCA and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Steamboat. Prior to joining conservation corps management, Scott was a wildland firefighter and wilderness ranger with Bridger-Teton National Forest. 

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Scott Winans

President
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association
Scott Winans has been involved with singletrack trail creation for 25 years, and has served since 2009 on the board of directors of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA), and since 2011 as President.COPMOBA is a 30+ year western Colorado regional non-profit organization committed to advocacy for, and construction and maintenance of, non-motorized singletrack trail.

Via its current five chapters, COPMOBA furthers its mission through active and responsible partnership with Federal and State management agencies, County, Municipal, and organizational agents, as well as business and individual members in all of the communities in which it operates.Scott believes that these community relationships, and the demonstrated lifestyle and economic benefits of trails in the communities, are the keys to the grounded success of the organization.

Scott is the V.P. of Engineering for Mountain Racing Products, based in Grand Junction, where the team designs, tests, and manufactures high-end mountain bike components, utilizing the local trail networks as our testing grounds.Scott is also the co-owner of Rapid Creek Cycles, in Palisade, serving the needs of local riders and paddlers as well as visitors to the regions agriculture and viticulture resources.

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Shaina Young

Graphic Designer
Jefferson County Open Space
With a background in Journalism and Digital Media, Shaina enjoys the challenge of developing messages that reach people at the right time and place for greatest impact. As part of the Communications/Community Connections Team at Jeffco Open Space, Shaina works throughout the organization to streamline communications with visitors, partners, and internal teams. Shaping conversations through events, web, social media, and marketing materials, she strives to build relationships with audiences of all types.

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Shaun Howard

Park Ranger Lead
Jefferson County Open Space
Shaun has worked in Natural Resource Education for over 20 years. With a background in psychology and biology, wildland firefighting, emergency response and EMT instruction, Shaun brings a unique perspective on human dimensions within land management. As a Park Ranger Lead at Jefferson County Open Space for the last 14 years, Shaun heads up the Volunteer Patroller Team that encourages peer-to-peer interactions and promotes positive, proactive stewardship behavior with park visitors.

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Shley Suarez-Burgos

Shley Suarez Burgos (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Miami. At a young age, Shley discovered her passion for conservation-focused digital storytelling. Combining her background of professional salmon fishing, filmmaking and yoga instruction, she's discovered outlets for creative eco-storytelling by creating authentic conversations, events and marketing strategies for diverse communities. Shley is currently a member of the Oceans Alliance Council and the Cuba Advocacy Team

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Taishya ​​​ Adams

Commissioner
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Taishya Adams is an avid rock climber, skier, hiker and backpacker. Adams serves as a Senior Technical Consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). In this role, Adams develops, implements, and monitors a coordinated strategy to build the capacity of state education agency staff, districts leaders and partners to increase the academic outcomes of the students in their states.

Adams also serves as the Colorado co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a national organization that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. Adams is the founding Board President for New Legacy Charter School – a charter high school and early learning center for teen parents and their children in Aurora, Colorado. Adams is committed to ensuring equity (e.g. access, representation, meaningful participation and quality) in all her endeavors. She holds a MA from George Washington University in International Education and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film Production.

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Taylor Ruffin

Education Coordinator
Environmental Learning for Kids
Taylor Ruffin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from University Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2015. While finishing his degree, he began teaching conservation education with the U.S. Forest Service in the Urban Connections program, where he was able to connect Milwaukee youth to the outdoors. Taylor moved to Colorado for the opportunity to work as an interpreter on Mt. Evans in the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest and after that was an educator with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Schools in Outdoor Learning Environments program. He is excited to start working with ELK and continuing to provide stellar outdoor opportunities and experiences for Denver’s youth. In his off hours, Taylor enjoys hiking, foraging for edible plants and longboarding.

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Tony Lewis

Donnell-Kay Foundation
For 20 years, Tony Lewis led the Donnell-Kay Foundation.This year, he and his team dropped their titles in recognition of the work being created and led by all team members in their search for ways to improve education in Colorado.Their work in policy, practice and innovative pilots and prototypes have positioned the Foundation as a thought leader in reimagining the educational system of the state and in specific policies and practices that have direct improvement on the lives of students, families and educators through transportation, housing, educational practices to improve the current educational system and to provide new ideas to shape a new statewide educational system.

Prior to being at the Foundation Tony spent many years at the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS).In his roles there he not only led outdoor adventures, but also the annual development campaign and capital campaign for building their new headquarters.During his tenure at Outward Bound, Tony led many international climbing and trekking trips for donors and trustees.

Between his time leading outdoor adventures and taking the helm of the development and fundraising at COBS, Tony worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco.Initially hired through the Presidential Management Intern program (PMI), Tony worked in various media/areas (ground water protection, air pollution, strategic planning), ending up overseeing the wetlands policy, enforcement and mitigation banking for wetlands in the Central Valley and Northern California.

Tony is a Colorado native who continues to spend time in the out of doors, climbing, biking, hiking and leading several international trips each year.He has served on several boards including Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Education Cities, America Succeeds, Colorado Charter School Institute, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Advisory Board, University of Colorado at Denver School of Public Affairs and the dZi Foundation.He is blessed with a wonderful wife, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and bees.

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Keep It Colorado

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Mountain & Prairie Podcast Release with CPW Director Dan Prenzlow

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Thanks to our partnership with Mountain & Prairie, and host Ed Roberson, we are pleased to bring you this interview to kick off our virtual Partners in the Outdoors program this year:

Dan Prenzlow – Generous Service, Humble Leadership

Please follow this link to check out the episode web page on Mountain & Prairie: https://mountainandprairie.com/dan-prenzlow/

You can also listen to this podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher by searching for Mountain & Prairie.

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Priority Area #2: Promote stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Understanding Trail Users' Needs and Behaviors in a COVID-19 World

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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The world has shifted, and with it so have the needs and expectations of trail users when seeking information, and the needs of land managers in communicating information. Join us for a discussion about the results of recent surveys conducted by Leave No Trace surrounding changing trail user needs and behaviors, and how we can address these emerging needs using technology like COTREX’s new Land Manager Dashboard and other best practices.

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Priority Area #3: Conserve lands, waters and wildlife.

How Might We Plan Trails and Protect Wildlife?

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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How can recreation enthusiasts design trails that do not harm the well-being of wildlife? Colorado Parks and Wildlife is currently leading a task force of stakeholders from several agencies to review and rewrite the "Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind" document from the late 90s, and we need your help to ensure that we're including key best practices. Join this session to hear updates about the project and to contribute your voice.

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An idea worth sharing, a mission worth joining

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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If ever there was a time to be outdoors, it’s now. Whether you're from a nonprofit, government entity, or business, learn how you can join in on an idea that's changing the future for an entire generation of Colorado kids. Generation Wild, an innovative movement launched by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to connect youth and families to the outdoors, will share inspiring new messaging to rally us together and lift us up during these times. You'll also hear how Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is driving the movement, inspiring the next generation of stewards and helping Coloradans protect our treasured outdoor spaces. Join us, and leave with your own fresh messaging ideas and actionable ways to join the movement.

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Video Address DNR Executive Director, Dan Gibbs

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Follow this link to watch the Partners in the Outdoors Welcome Address from Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

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Priority Area #2: Promote stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Creating Pathways to Natural Resource Careers: By Youth and For Youth

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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How can we build youth awareness of the variety of opportunities to build a career in Natural Resources? Ask young people! Join us to learn from Youth Advisory Council members and partners on their work designing a new resource for high school students to explore natural resource careers. Learn more about the ideas generated and add your input and ideas for how natural resource employers, youth outdoor programs, and more can use this resource.

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Get Colorado Kids Outside: Policies for Youth Outdoor Engagement

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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Learn about, discuss, and contribute to policy ideas that support the next generation of Coloradans' connection to the outdoors. We will share and discuss policy ideas that are in the works in Colorado, including those that support equitable access, encourage outdoor activities in and out of school, and strengthen environmental education. This session will also share ideas from the Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook and inspiring state policies ideas from other states.

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Mean(ingful) Tweets: Public Lands Edition

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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Rogue Open Space Parks, Fat Bear Week...Social Media has our attention! How can we translate our personal relationship with these channels into that of a land agency? With over 1M social media impressions annually, Jeffco Communications and Ranger Teams will offer ideas about harnessing the power of social media for good. Share ideas for engaging a bigger, more diverse audience through lessons learned and enjoy some mean tweets along the way.

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Priority Area #2: Promote stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Working with Tribes: A framework for building productive and respectful relationships

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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This session will provide a deeper and nuanced understanding of best practices for working with tribes including the role of history, trust building, protocols for respect and community, and tribal sovereignty. Whether you represent a non-profit organization, a business, or a governmental agency, you will find this session valuable if you are looking at building working and productive relationships with tribes.

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Priority Area #2: Promote stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

RIMS Mobile App: Year 1 data and analytics on recreation & impact monitoring

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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The CMC RIMS mobile app allows volunteers and land managers to collect data on trail infrastructure, camping impacts and visitor use on public lands. With a year's worth of data and lessons learned, we have compelling metrics to share and we are continuing to refine and customize our analytics and reporting capabilities. Check out the new features we are releasing in 2020 and find out how your organization can get involved.

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Priority Area #4: Ensure adequate funding availability to sustain Colorado’s outdoors for the future.

Envision Recreation in Balance - Community-driven solutions to manage recreation growth in balance with healthy forests, waters and wildlife

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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Envision Recreation in Balance is developing community-solutions to manage recreation growth and sustain: Healthy forests, waters, wildlife and working lands; exceptional experiences; and a recreation-driven economy. Learn about transferable approaches: Envision engagement, the Common Ground county tax, a Recreation Impact Monitoring App, Recreation Atlas, Rapid Response projects, and a developing community recreation plan, and engage to build ideas.

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Podcast Release: Mountain & Prairie Podcast with Keynote Speaker Rachel VandeVoort

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Rachel VandeVoort – Harnessing the Power of Outdoor Recreation

Thanks to our partnership with Mountain & Prairie, and host Ed Roberson, we are pleased to bring you this interview with Rachel VandeVoort--Director of the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation. You can also listen to this podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher by searching for Mountain & Prairie.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.
Priority Area #3: Conserve lands, waters and wildlife.

Hunting for Sustainability: Recruiting A New Generation of Conservation Minded Hunters

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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We'll discuss Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) Hunting for Sustainability (H4s) Program (R3) and highlight a recent weekend seminar that introduced 12 participants, ranging from CPW Commissioners to college students, to our hunting heritage. This session will highlight how BHA successfully engages diverse groups of people, spurring a new generation of conservation minded hunters by emphasizing the integral partnership we have with CPW and how we successfully leverage our volunteer and sponsor base.

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Priority Area #4: Ensure adequate funding availability to sustain Colorado’s outdoors for the future.

Increase Your Organization's Impact through AmeriCorps

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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AmeriCorps provides people power to organizations that address community needs throughout Colorado. This session will provide an overview of AmeriCorps and engage participants in finding ways to get involved in national service. Participants will hear from current AmeriCorps programs and discuss how AmeriCorps could support their community-based work.

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What has private land conservation done for you lately? Success stories of land trust partnerships and public benefits

02:15 PM 03:30 PM

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From holding conservation easements on public open space to assisting with land acquisitions to providing environmental education programs to increasing public access on private property, Colorado's land trust community is working hard to increase conservation efforts that benefit everyone. This panel discussion will explore successful partnerships with land trusts across the state that have resulted in public and private land conservation meaning more public benefit.

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Best Practices for Partnering with Land Managers To Develop New Recreation Opportunities

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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Public land managers want to be responsive to proposals from local partners, user groups and communities for new trails, facilities and opportunities, but are also responsible for making sure projects adhere to laws, regulations and policies. These include the National Environmental and Policy Act, Tribal Consultations, and Resource Management Plan decisions. They must also take into account long term maintenance plans, cultural resources requirements, timelines, impacts to grazing allotments, budget realities and other mandated reviews for analysis.

This session will provide guidance for communities, user groups and partners on how to work with land managers successfully and identify best practices to develop into a guidebook.

You can check out the resources for this session here.

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Priority Area #2: Promote stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Diversifying Community Engagement in Conservation Through Film

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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We will explore the use of film in engaging diverse user groups and communities in conservation and climate change issues through a film screening and panel discussion. Two of Hispanic Access Foundation's recent films, I Am Cheo and Leche Y Miel, will be played. In response to the films, a panel featuring experts will discuss the Colorado Water Plan, wildfire, climate change, and Latino engagement in these issues, and will be facilitated by Hispanic Access Foundation staff.

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What the Rx is going on in Colorado?!?

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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Inspired by the Park Rx movement, colleagues from inter-disciplinary organizations asked the questions - What's going on in CO in regards to prescription for parks, recreation, outdoors, nature, trails and open space programs? What would happen if we tried to convene as many people as we could working in this space? Come hear the results of our first convening in November 2019. We can't promise all the answers, but we can guarantee a lively and interactive conversation.

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Partner Awards Ceremony Video Release

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Congratulations to our 2020 Partner of the Year Award winners and nominees! Check out this year's virtual award ceremony here.

The Statewide Partner of the Year Award winner is...Children & Nature Network, Natural Leaders Initiative! Congratulations to all nominees: Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Colorado Marine Dealers Association, Colorado Springs Utilities, Friends of Roxborough State Park, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Lake City Friends of the Bears, Outdoor Buddies, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, and Summit County Safe Passages.

The Statewide Partner Collaboration of the Year Award winners are...Great Outdoors Colorado, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, City of Trinidad, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife! Congratulations to all nominees: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Black Canyon Audubon, and Friends of Ridgway State Park; Buckhorn Valley Metro District, Trout Unlimited, and Eagle River Watershed Council; and Colorado Springs Utilities, City of Aurora, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Arkansas River Outfitters Association, American Whitewater, Colorado Whitewater, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Northeast Region Partner of the Year Award winner is...Big Thompson Watershed Coalition! Congratulations to all nominees: Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Environmental Learning for Kids, Friends of Roxborough State Park, and The Clinton Family Fund.

The Southeast Region Partner of the Year Award winner is...Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance! Congratulations to all nominees: Chaffee County, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

The Southwest Region Partner of the Year Award winner is...Durango Wildlife Volunteers! Congratulations to all nominees: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Garvey Brothers Outfitters, and Lake City Friends of the Bears.

The Northwest Region Partner of the Year Award winner is...Summit County Safe Passages! Congratulations to all nominees: Buckhorn Valley Metro District, Glas Deffryn Ranch, Steamboat Art Museum, and VanWinkle Ranch.
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Priority Area #3: Conserve lands, waters and wildlife.
Priority Area #4: Ensure adequate funding availability to sustain Colorado’s outdoors for the future.

Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships - Join the Conversation!

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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CPW, DNR, and members of the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP) will present a concept for a new statewide initiative to support and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions for ensuring that Colorado’s lands and waters thrive while providing opportunities for all Coloradans to enjoy the outdoors. To do this, partners are exploring the development of Outdoor Regional Partnerships around the state in a manner that supports existing coalitions. CPW is also considering how this initiative could support the development of a future statewide conservation and recreation plan (SCORP).

Can we unite local and statewide priorities into a comprehensive shared vision and strategy? Would this help to ensure that Colorado’s growing love for the outdoors is in accord with conserving the state’s habitat, productive agricultural lands, and equitable opportunities for outdoor recreation?

Join this Partners in the Outdoors session to learn more about this new initiative and how you can help with its development.

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No Occupation without Representation: Creating an Inclusive Workforce

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the National Park Service (NPS) are striving to better represent the public that they serve by diversifying their workforce. During our presentation Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) and NPS will highlight the Urban Ranger program and how it is addressing the challenges associated with the task of recruiting and retaining a workforce that best represents the communities that we serve.

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Priority Area #4: Ensure adequate funding availability to sustain Colorado’s outdoors for the future.

GOCO 2020 Strategic Plan

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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GOCO is pleased to present its 2020 Strategic Plan to the Partners in the Outdoors audience. This plan will guide strategy for the next five years and beyond and will serve as a compass for GOCO to authentically engage communities and partners throughout Colorado. Join us to learn about the strategy as well as plans for a Community Resiliency Program that GOCO partners can turn to given COVID-19 impacts.

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Priority Area #3: Conserve lands, waters and wildlife.

CODEX- a New Tool for Conservation and Planning in Colorado

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

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With CPW and many other partners, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is launching an interactive mapping website called the Colorado Conservation Data Explorer (CODEX). The CODEX provides easy access to natural resources data, supporting decisions on projects including conservation easements, development, and trail planning, leading to better decisions that incorporate impacts on natural resources. Users can make maps and create project-specific reports.

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Conflict to Collaboration: Lessons from Climbers & Tribes from the Bears Ears National Monument

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

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Tribes and Climbers have historically been two stakeholder groups who have come into conflict over the management of federal public lands resulting in lawsuits, impacts on cultural sites, and closures of climbing areas. However, the lead up to the designation of the former Bears Ears National Monument led tribes and climbers to bridge divides to work toward common cause. This session will explore how these differences were bridged and lessons for Colorado.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.

No More Volunteering as Tribute

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) engages an impressive 6,000 volunteers annually to support conservation. We also have an opportunity to more closely reflect the diversity of Colorado and national communities, and better understand cultural perspectives of the concept of "volunteering." In this session, attendees will actively create a holistic narrative of service, community, and the outdoors while being involved in research that CPW will use to inform future volunteering practices.

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Mountain & Prairie Podcast Release with Keynote Speaker Gabe Vasquez

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Thanks to our partnership with Mountain & Prairie, and host Ed Roberson, we are pleased to bring you this podcast: Gabe Vasquez - Advocate for Equity in the Outdoors. Gabe is the founder of the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project. We are excited to bring you Gabe's perspective and experience in this virtual format after we were unable to host his live keynote address at our conference in Vail. You can listen to this podcast at this link or on Apple, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher by searching for Mountain & Prairie.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.

Natural Leaders Workshop

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

These workshops are open for members of the 2020 cohort of Natural Leaders in partnership with CPW and GOCO. In addition, all young career professionals and students are invited to participate.

We are taking our Natural Leaders core training elements virtual! These online trainings are being designed and led by young leaders.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.

Natural Leaders Workshop

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

These workshops are open for members of the 2020 cohort of Natural Leaders in partnership with CPW and GOCO. In addition, all young career professionals and students are invited to participate.

We are taking our Natural Leaders core training elements virtual! These online trainings are being designed and led by young leaders.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.

Natural Leaders Workshop

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

These workshops are open for members of the 2020 cohort of Natural Leaders in partnership with CPW and GOCO. In addition, all young career professionals and students are invited to participate.

We are taking our Natural Leaders core training elements virtual! These online trainings are being designed and led by young leaders.

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Priority Area #1: Enhance sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for all Coloradans.

Natural Leaders Workshop

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

These workshops are open for members of the 2020 cohort of Natural Leaders in partnership with CPW and GOCO. In addition, all young career professionals and students are invited to participate.

We are taking our Natural Leaders core training elements virtual! These online trainings are being designed and led by young leaders.

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