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State of the Rockies Conference Runs April 8-9

State of the Rockies Conference Runs April 8-9

The 2013 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference, focusing on “Conservation in the Rockies: Issues of Citizen Science, Water-Friendly Futures and Winter Recreation,” kicks off on Monday, April 8 and continues through Tuesday, April 9, in the Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus.

The conference opens at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, with a presentation on “Citizen Science in the Rockies: Outdoor Adventure Strengthening Knowledge of Nature,” moderated by J. Thomas McMurray, president and CEO of Marine Ventures Foundation.

The events on Tuesday, April 9, start at 7:30 p.m. Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm will receive the 2013 Champion of the Rockies Award and present the keynote address, titled “Early Colorado Environmental Movement and the 1976 Winter Olympics Controversy.” Also speaking on Tuesday is Ceil Folz, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. Folz will discuss “Major Events … Bringing the World to Colorado and Colorado to the World: Vail Resorts Hosting of February 2015 World Cup Ski Championships.” Additionally, State of the Rockies Project student researchers will present information concerning water-friendly futures for the Colorado River Basin.

The conference, now in its 10th year,  examines critical issues affecting the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, composed of Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Full details of conference events and speakers can be found on the Rockies Project Conference website.