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

The Salazar Center for North American Conservation will host its fourth annual International Symposium on Conservation Impact on Oct. 6-7 in Denver. Registration is now open to the general public.

This year’s symposium will focus on transboundary conservation, specifically across the US-Mexico border — which spans nearly 2,000 miles across six distinct ecoregions and shapes a landscape that is home to more than 15 million people. Conversations will explore topics such as opportunities and barriers to conservation in the border region, climate change impacts, balancing the diverse needs of the region, Indigenous leadership, and learning from the region’s distinct history and biogeography.

“The US-Mexico borderlands represent a unique opportunity for conservation. It is an area with tremendous biodiversity and cultural and ecological connectivity. It is home to diverse, vibrant communities with a rich history,” says Center Director Beth Conover. “But the region also faces many challenges—and the essence of this symposium will be to share ideas and innovations for how multinational cooperation in this region can improve outcomes for people and nature.”

Featured Speakers

Dinah Bear

Dinah Bear portrait

Originally from southern California, Ms. Bear served for 25 years as General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the environmental agency in the Executive Office of the President. In that capacity, she oversaw implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act in the executive branch. She has long been involved in border issues from both an environmental and humanitarian perspective, including work related to border barriers and to prevention of migrant deaths. She will provide context for how the border wall has changed over time and some of its associated impacts.

Peter McBride

Coloradan Pete McBride is a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker who has traveled to over 75 countries on assignment, including for National Geographic and Smithsonian. He has also spoken on stages for The World Economic Forum, Nat Geo Live, and more. McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 750 miles without a trail—to highlight development challenges facing this iconic landscape. His book Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim won a National Outdoor Book Award, and his feature documentary Into the Grand Canyon for National Geographic Channel was nominated for an Emmy. His latest book, Seeing Silence, explores the power and fragility of natural sounds and quietude and was named a top photography book of 2021 by Smithsonian magazine. McBride holds a BA from Dartmouth College and resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. For the symposium, he will share his experiences traveling on the rivers of the borderlands in a visual storytelling session.

Stay tuned for the announcement of more speakers and agenda topics in the weeks to come.

Learn more and register today

The Center is pleased to be able to offer the symposium in a hybrid format, with options for both in-person and virtual participation. Attendees are encouraged to choose the format that will allow them to be most comfortable.

Register by August 31st for Early Bird pricing. The in-person event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about the event on the Salazar Center’s website or contact Catie Boehmer for more information.

The symposium is made possible with support from the Mighty Arrow Family Foundation; the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by Louis Bacon; Walton Family Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Wilburforce Foundation; Great Outdoors Colorado; Center for Collaborative Conservation; and New Belgium Brewing.

About the Salazar Center for North American Conservation

The Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University works to connect diverse leaders, communities, and resources across the North American continent in order to accelerate the pace and scale of equitable, innovative, and durable solutions for nature and all people. 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.