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Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation!

The Center has been in business for almost seven months, following the hiring of Beth Conover as Director in October of 2018. The Center’s staff now includes communications ninja Catie Boehmer and a Program Director (to be announced soon).

The Salazar Center’s mission is to promote the innovative stewardship of North America’s land and water resources, strengthen connections between nature and human communities, and ensure that all people enjoy equitable access to environmental health.


What's going on?

The Center has been busy building its programs and laying the groundwork for long-term success. A few highlights include:
  • Early program priorities include large landscape connectivity, urban conservation and access to green space, and building a broader, more diverse constituency for natural system health and conservation.
  • The Center will host its first annual international symposium on September 24 in Denver’s Civic Center as one of the first events in the Biennial of the Americas program.
  • We are currently designing an incentive prize to encourage, recognize, and reward the combined efforts of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers for conservation impact at scale. The prize will be launched at the fall symposium on September 24.
  • The Center has partnered with the Network for Landscape Conservation in support of its work on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are participating with a diverse cohort of environmental advocates in an 11-day intensive training through the SD Bechtel Foundation and the Center for Diversity and the Environment.
  • The Center is sponsoring the Biodiversity track at Greater and Greener—the City Parks Alliance biannual international conference, which will take place in Denver on July 22-26, 2019 and feature a cross section of research, policy, and practice ideas.

Our future home at the

The CSU Campus at the National Western Center will have three buildings focused on food, water, sustainability, and human and animal health. Construction will break ground in February 2020, and upon its completion, the Salazar Center will relocate and be based from Denver. Learn more about CSU at National Western.

Greater & Greener 2019: July 20-24 | Denver, CO

As a Silver-level sponsor of Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections, we will host the Urban Greening and Biodiversity track of workshops at the conference. Topics include strategies to develop, steward, and measure urban greening efforts, with a particular focus on biodiversity and resilience; designing natural systems in urban parks; greening schoolyards; managing natural systems in cities; large scale tree planting; and urban greening partnerships.

Photo courtesy of Trust for Public Land.

Salazar Center International Symposium:
September 24 | Denver, CO

At this international festival of ideas, art, and culture, we will hold our first annual Salazar Center International Symposium at the McNichols Building in Denver’s Civic Center Park.

Photo courtesy of Beth Conover.

About the Center

The CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation was created in 2016 to build bridges that connect scientific research, community practice and policy development. It began operation at Colorado State University in late 2018. It is external facing and impact oriented. Our planet faces existential challenges driven by global warming, the alarming disappearance of healthy connected ecosystems, and a growing world population that now exceeds 7.5 billion people. The fact that a critical mass of healthy, functioning ecosystems across the globe is needed to ensure long term human and planetary survival is the Center’s animating principle and drives its mission: to advance conservation in North America that recognizes the needs of both natural and human communities, as a model for the world.
A beloved western native and former Colorado Attorney General, US Senator and Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar is known for his extensive, successful work across complex political boundaries to realize conservation and community success. This effort benefits from his active engagement.

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Contact info:
Our offices at CSU in Fort Collins are in the NE corner of Johnson Hall on the second floor (Room 201), where we are hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). The Center also has an office in the CSU Denver Center at 17th and Glenarm.

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