Registration is open for the Salazar Center’s International Symposium on Conservation Impact

The Salazar Center for North American Conservation is hosting its annual International Symposium on Conservation Impact Sept. 28-30.

Registration is open to the general public.

Due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic, the Salazar Center will host this year’s symposium entirely online. The health and safety of all participants is the Center’s first priority. If you have already registered for the virtual event, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you registered for the in-person event in Denver, your registration will be converted to virtual, and you will receive a partial refund.

  • Sept. 28-29, 2021 – International Symposium on Conservation Impact: This year, the symposium will convene leaders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Indigenous territories to explore the state of progress toward national and international large landscape conservation goals, such as the America the Beautiful strategy (aka 30×30) and Canada’s Pathway to Target One. In particular, conversations will focus on transboundary partnerships, the role of Indigenous nations, and best practices to achieve 30×30 at the continental scale. Together, we will look at science and data, policies, and case studies to support the benefits of transboundary work for biodiversity, climate, and human resilience. Attendees may join us in Denver or participate virtually.
  • Sept. 30, 2021 – Thriving Cities Challenge Pitch Fest: Hear live pitches from finalists for the international Thriving Cities Challenge, the Salazar Center’s second annual conservation impact prize! Up to five teams will be awarded funding to implement their proposed projects. Meet the finalists and learn more about their proposals at The pitch fest will be held entirely virtually, and registration is free to all. 

Keynote Speaker: Doug Chadwick, author and wildlife biologist

Doug Chadwick will serve as the keynote speaker. His presentation will explore humans’ interconnected relationship to nature and why its protection and conservation are critical to our own health and well-being.

Chadwick is a wildlife biologist who has studied mountain goat ecology and social behavior in the Rockies, as well as a natural history journalist who has been featured in National Geographic. He is a founding board member of the Vital Ground Foundation, a conservation land trust, and serves on the board of the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation, which supports wildlife research and community-based conservation programs throughout the world.

Doug Chatwick headshot
Doug Chatwick, the Symposium's keynote speaker, is an author and wildlife biologist.

Learn more and register today

Register before Aug. 20 for Early Bird pricing. Learn more about the event on the Salazar Center site or contact Catie Boehmer for more information. The event is sponsored by the VF Foundation and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y).

About the Salazar Center for North American Conservation

The Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University works to support and advance the health and connectivity of the natural systems and landscapes of North America—be they urban or rural; working or wildlands; public or private. The Center brings together thought leaders, resources, and diverse perspectives to inform an intersectional approach to conservation challenges, building bridges that connect academic research, community practice, and policy development.