Quivira Conference: 'Inspiring Adaptation' set for November
The Quivira Coalition has announced its upcoming conference: “Inspiring Adaptation” Nov. 13 to 15, in Albuquerque, N.M.
From prehistoric times to the present, human societies have adapted to the challenges of a changing West, including periods of severe drought, limitations created by scarce resources and shifting cultural and economic pressures. Now, the American West is entering an era of unprecedented change brought on by new climate realities, which will test the capacity for adaptation as well as challenge the resilience of the region’s native flora and fauna.
At the conference, attendees will hear from scientists, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, urban planners and others who have bright ideas and important tools to share from their adaptation toolbox.
This year’s line-up of speakers include a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, winners of a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Conservation and Environment, a winner of the Stewart L. Udall Award for Conservation, a Guggenheim Fellow, two Society for Range Management Award winners, and six Clarence Burch and Radical Center Award winners from the Quivira Coalition.
Conference speakers include:
Gary Snyder, winner of Pulitzer Prize for poetry;
Jack Loeffler, bioregional aural historian, producer, writer, sound collage artist and musician from Santa Fe, N.M.;
Jonathan Overpeck, co-director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.;
Gary Paul Nabhan, writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate, conservationist and professor as a research social scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.;
Deborah Finch, program manager and supervisory biologist with the Rocky Mountain station of the U.S. Forest Service, Albuquerque, N.M.;
Bill Zeedyk, consultant, Sapello, N.M.;
Nils Cristofferson, executive director, Wallowa Resources and Wallowa Resources Community Solutions, Inc., Joseph, Ore.; and
Renata Brillinger, co-founder and executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, Sebastopol, Calif.
Each year the Quivira Coalition conference attracts nearly 500 attendees from across the country. This conference excels at the sharing of innovative ideas, the strengthening relationships and fuels the fire for attendees to put their newfound knowledge into action.
The mission of the Quivira Coalition is to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship. The constituency has more than 3,500 people and includes ranchers, environmentalists, federal and state agency personnel, tribal members, academics, and the public at large, with 500 attending the conference annually.
For more information about the conference, visit QuiviraCoalition.org.