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Rockies Project Kicks Off

The focus of the 2013-14 State of the Rockies Project is “Large Landscape Conservation in the Rockies:  Exploring New Conservation Paradigms for the 21st Century.”

As part of the Rockies Project’s 2013-14 focus on large landscape conservation, the program will bring speakers to campus throughout the academic year. The lineup of experts in the conservation field will come from diverse backgrounds and professions, and will bring a breadth of knowledge to the project's research and outreach.

During the previous two years, the focus of the project has been on the Colorado River Basin. A 47-minute film by two Colorado College researchers, titled “Remains of a River: From the Source to the Sea Down the Colorado,” recently received a “highly recommended” rating from Education Media Reviews. The film, produced and directed by Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore, follows the river from its source in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming to the dry Colorado delta in Mexico. The State of the Rockies researchers use flotation packs, kayaks, rafts, and eventually hike on foot across the intertidal mud flats of the Colorado delta to the river’s end in the Sea of Cortez.

The project, which began in 2004, seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rockies. The State of the Rockies Project team, including Colorado College undergraduate students, recent graduates and faculty advisers, conducts extensive research and creates a comprehensive report on the region.

The project culminates with the publication of the annual State of the Rockies Project Report Card and the annual State of the Rockies Project Conference, held on campus each spring.