Colorado Humanities and the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University offer a series of free, online conversations about the challenges and opportunities facing rural Colorado. ‘Loving Our Land,’ the second event in the series, will focus on natural resource assets, water headlands, and conservation efforts. Join us on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. MT to hear from featured panelists Sonja Chavez from the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Heather Knight from the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Wade Shelton from the Trust for Public Lands, and Mike Lester from the Colorado State Forest Service.
Moderated by Dr. Dawn Thilmany, this community conversation will share the successes and challenges of Colorado’s programs to protect our natural resources. In short presentations, panelists will talk about how their organizations invest in the water, lands, and forests of the state and will lead a conversation about key trends they believe will guide policy and programs in the Colorado natural resource sector. After the panelists present, the conversation opens to questions and comments from our live audience. Register below!
A recording of the past program ‘Innovation and Resiliency in the COVID Era’ discussing the challenges in economic innovation faced by rural Coloradans is available to view on Colorado Humanities’ YouTube and Facebook accounts.
Facilitator Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agricultural Economics, Co-Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute and Director Engaged Research at Colorado State University. She specializes in rural economic development and focuses on opportunities related to value-added food market supply chains, as well as applied research on food market analysis and consumer behavior. Her work on agricultural diversification also includes work with agritourism and entrepreneurship in Colorado and the Western US. She is currently the President of the Ag and Applied Economics Association and has held several leadership positions with national ag, food and regional economic associations. She has been a visiting scholar and collaborated with several USDA agencies, including a current project focused on food supply chains during COVID with the Ag Marketing Service.