Official Program

Monday, August 2

8:00 a.m. - 4:15 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
    • Dallas May - Colorado LCA recipient
    • Harry Pelle - Kentucky LCA recipient
    • Terry Fankhauser - Colorado Cattlemen's Association
    • George Kelly - Quantified Ventures
    • Rod Snyder - Field to Market - Moderator
  • Leveraging Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Opportunities on Private Land
    • Jim O'Rourke - Nebraska LCA recipient
    • Sarah Sortum - Nebraska LCA recipient
    • Jerry Doan - North Dakota LCA recipient
    • Nancy Labbe - The Nature Conservancy
    • John Ferry - Utah LCA recipient
    • Lance Irving - Sand County Foundation - Moderator

Lunch Speaker - Todd VanHoose, CEO of Farm Credit Council

Afternoon Moderated Panel Discussions:

  • Building Income through Renewable Energy
    • Chuck Coffey - Oklahoma LCA recipient
    • Marcus Krembs - Enel Green Power
    • Ethan Winter - American Farmland Trust
    • Byron Kominek - Jack's Solar Farm
    • Tim Male - Environmental Policy Innovation Center - Moderator
  • Diversifying with Value-added Food and Fiber
    • Rosie Burroughs - California LCA recipient
    • John Koepke - Wisconsin LCA recipient
    • Kay Cornelius - Panorama Meats
    • Bartlett Durand - Sand County Foundation - Moderator

4:15 - 4:45 Mentor/Mentee Meeting

Participants in Sand County Foundation's Land Ethic Mentorship program will remain in the Korbel Ballroom.

5:15 Social Hour and Dinner

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

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Communications Session

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

  • Johnna Miller, American Farm Bureau
  • Nicole Small - Kansas LCA recipient
  • Janie VanWinkle - Colorado Cattlemen's Association
  • Casey Langan - Sand County Foundation - Moderator

11:00 - 3:00 p.m. Ranch Tour

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.