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2011 Conference

The 2011 State of the Rockies Spring Conference is titled, "Envisioning and Managing Rockies’ Unique Landscapes and Resources."

During 2010-2011 the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project has been tirelessly working on our 2011 Report Card.The report card is scheduled to be released during the Spring Conference which is being held April 4th, 5th, and 6th at Colorado College. The first day of the three day conference will showcase the revealing of the 2011 State of the Rockies Report Card.  In addition to the Report Card, the main event of the night is the awarding of the 2011 Champion of the Rockies Award.  This year President Richard Celeste will award the 2011 Champion of the Rockies award to conversationalist, advocate for free speech, and author of Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams.  Terry Tempest Williams will then address the audience with several selected readings.  This event is followed by a book signing by Terry Tempest Williams.  Refreshments are available after the event. The 2011 Rockies Report Card and selected titles from Terry Tempest Williams will be available for purchase before and after the event in the lobby.

The second day of the three day conference will showcase the 2011 Rockies Report Card with an overview of the section on recreation.  The main event of the night is a presentation given by Mike Kaplan, CEO of Aspen Skiing Company.  His presentation is titled “What Do We Want To Be? Business and Community Coming of Age in the Rockies.”  Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.  Refreshments will also be available.  After questions there is an optional screening of Carbon Nation: A Climate Solutions Movie.

The final day of the conference will showcase the 2011 Rockies Report Card with an overview of the section focused on the Eastern Plains.  The main event of the night will be an authorized screening of National Geographic’s documentary, American Serengeti, followed by presentations from Martha Kauffman and Dick Dolan.  Martha Kauffman is the Managing Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Great Plains Program.   Her presentation is titled “The Northern Plains: Conservation Opportunity of the Century.”  Dick Dolan is the Managing Director of the American Prairie Foundation.  His presentation is titled “Building America’s Serengeti: The Effort to Assemble a Multi-Million Acre Grassland Reserve in Northeast Montana.”  There will be a question and answer session to follow.  Refreshments will also be available after the presentations.

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