AGENDA (watch for updates)

Sunday, August 1 – Valley Views and Welcome Reception

4:00 p.m. - Valley Views (weather permitting)

Hop on the Christie Express chair lift, and head up the mountain for views of the valley and a conversation about the conservation dynamics of this special landscape.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception

Gather at the Steamboat Grand pavilion for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and welcome remarks.

Monday, August 2 – Day 1

Grab and Go Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Symposium

This day-long session features networking opportunities, inspiring speakers and engaging panel discussions featuring Leopold Conservation Award recipients and other national conservation leaders.

Opening speakers:

  • Lynne Sherrod - Chairman, Sand County Foundation
  • Jimmy Emmons - Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award recipient

Morning Moderated Panel Discussions:

  • Making Ecosystem Services Markets Part of Your Resilient Business
  • Leveraging Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Opportunities on Private Land

Lunch - featuring noted wildlife expert Ya-Wei (Jake) - Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Afternoon Moderated Panel Discussions:

  • Building Income through Renewable Energy
  • Diversifying with Value-added Food and Fiber

5:30 Social Hour and Dinner

Cocktail social hour at Steamboat Grand pavilion

Dinner and keynote address under the Emerald Tent adjacent to the pavilion

Speaker: University of Wisconsin Emeritus Professor Stanley Temple is an Aldo Leopold scholar and ornithologist who writes and speaks about Leopold and a land ethic.

Tuesday, August 3 – Day 2

Grab and Go Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Communications Session

A morning communications session will get you up to speed on telling your story in today’s challenging environment.

Speaker and Panel Moderator: Johnna Miller, American Farm Bureau

11:30 - 2:30 Ranch Tour (departing from, and returning to, the Steamboat Grand)

This guided field tour through portions of Routt County features a lunchtime visit to the Leopold Conservation Award-winning ranch of Jim and Jo Stanko, followed by a short trip to Marsha and Doc Daughenbaugh's Rocking C Bar Ranch, with scenic and conservation-related stops along the way. You'll engage with local landowners addressing pressing conservation issues.