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2013 Quivira Conference

The 2013 Quivira Conference will explore the theme:

Inspiring Adaptation

2013 Quivira Conference Program
"The Westerner is less a person than a continuing adaptation. The West is less a place than a process." - Wallace Stegner

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From prehistoric times to the present, human societies have successfully 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 our capacity for adaptation as well as challenge the resilience of the region's native flora and fauna. It is therefore paramount that we find and share inspiring ideas and practical strategies that help all of the region's inhabitants adapt to a rapidly changing world.

We 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 amazing line-up of speakers includes a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, winners of a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, 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!

Featured speakers are GARY SNYDER and JACK LOEFFLER

Conference speakers include:
Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, Dr. Deborah Finch, Darren Doherty, Bill Zeedyk, and more
Read about all the speakers

Wednesday, November 13 - Friday, November 15, 2013
Day 1 - Wednesday, November 13 - Half-Day Workshop, 12:00-5:00pm - One Plenary Session
"Adaptation 101: Regrarian Farm and Ranch Planning for Drylands"
Darren Doherty and Dennis Moroney
If hotter and drier conditions are in store for the Southwest, as predicted by scientists, what land management practices, business strategies and governmental policies will be needed to help ranchers, farmers and the rest of us adapt to new environmental and economic realities? We've been through dry times before, of course, which means that we have a good sense of what to do, but the future is likely to present us with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. To meet them we'll need to shift our thinking in important ways. In this workshop we will hear from agrarians, marketing experts, co-op managers and others on how their work is already preparing for changing times.

7:30pm- We are honored to present "Inspiration" with renowned speakers

Day 2 - Thursday, November 14 - All day plenary session 8am-5pm
Speakers include Renata Brillinger, Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Tom Sidwell, Pati Martinson and Terrie Bad Hand

Evening - New Agrarian Career Connection

Day 3 - Friday, November 15 - All day plenary session 8am-5pm
Speakers include Nils Christoffersen, Dr. Deborah Finch, Amy Haak, USDA Forest Service, TNC - Colorado and Bill Zeedyk

Note - Speaker line up may change due to circumstances beyond our control

Evening - Awards banquet. As local and organic as possible. Limited seating.


Contact Catherine with questions - 505-820-2544 ext.2#