Project Description

Loving Our Land

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.

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Sun 07

Veterans Writing

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 14

Veterans Writing

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 21

Veterans Writing

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Panelists

Sonja Chavez
Heather Knight
Michael Lester
Wade Shelton

The next event in the series, “Loving our Land” will focus on natural resource assets in rural communities online Tuesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. MT Register below to receive a link to join this free program.

To learn how to support this statewide program as a Sponsor or Partner, please contact Director of Programs Josephine Jones at jones@coloradohumanities.org.

Partners

Special thanks to our sponsors

Upcoming Events

Veterans Writing

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 21, 2021

Change in Rural Colorado

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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