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Inspiring Adaptation

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In this conference, we heard from scientists, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, urban planners and others who have bright ideas and important tools to share from their adaptation toolbox.

The amazing line-up of speakers included 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!

Gary Snyder and Jack Loeffler - FEATURED SPEAKERS

Gary is best Best known as a poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Loeffler
Jack is a bioregional aural historian, producer, writer, sound collage artist, and musician. His primary concern is restoration and preservation of habitat focusing on the relationships of indigenous cultures to respective habitats, and the role of cultural diversity in attempting to solve the dilemmas now facing humankind. Jack has been honored as a Santa Fe Living Treasure.



Snyder & Loeffler 2013 Quivira Audio

Renata Brillinger


Co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). Sebastopol, California

Renata has been a leader in the effort to advance policies in California that support sustainable agriculture in its effort to adapt to climate change. She will discuss the challenges California farmers and ranchers are facing and what policies might be helpful in a regional context.

Renata Brillinger 2013 Quivira Audio
Renata Brillinger 2013 Quivira Presentation

William Burnidge


William is the Eastern Colorado Program Director for the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Boulder, Colorado

In this capacity, William manages Conservancy work on groundwater sustainability, energy planning, and the development of a "triple-bottom line" planning platform for land management.

The Nature Conservancy is working with individual ranchers and landowner-led organizations like the Three Rivers Alliance in eastern Colorado to enable land managers to adapt to the many contemporary challenges facing both agriculture and conservation. Climate change and drought, economic pressures, water resource limitations, range condition and integrity, and public awareness are among these challenges. Initiatives focused on water resource conservation and sustainability, enterprise identification and development, education and capacity building, and improving farm and ranch planning tools are among the joint initiatives the Conservancy and partners are pursuing to adapt to these and other challenges.

TNC 2013 Quivira Conference Presentation

Nils Christoffersen


Executive Director, Wallowa Resources and President of Wallowa Resources Community Solutions, Inc. Enterprise, Oregon

Wallowa Resources is a community based nonprofit that focuses on forest, watershed and community health, with a focus on working landscapes. We've asked Nils to answer the question: what does adaptation mean to the management of the West's public lands?

Nils Christoffersen 2013 Quivira Audio
Nils Christoffersen 2013 Quivira Presentation

Darren John Doherty


Managing Director, HeenanDoherty - Whose mission is to ensure the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere's ecosystem processes. Victoria, Australia

Darren is a self-described 'Regrarian' and a 5th generation Australian farmer & Regenerative Agriculture pioneer who has worked in over 40 countries over 20 years as a farm planning consultant and educator, originating the Keyline Design, Carbon Farming & Carbon Economy Courses along with the RegenAG concept. He has designed thousands of projects, focusing on the practical regeneration of agricultural landscapes, soils, communities, and families.

Doherty 2013 Quivira Audio
Doherty 2013 Quivira Presentation

Dr. Deborah Finch


Program Manager and Supervisory Biologist with the Rocky Mountain Station of the U.S. Forest Service. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. Finch recently edited a major publication titled: Climate Change in Grasslands, Shrublands, and Deserts of the Interior American West, published by the USDA. In the conference, she will discuss what adaptation means for native plants and animals in the Southwest. What are the challenges and what can we do to help?

Deborah Finch Quivira 2013 Audio
Deborah Finch Quivira 2013 Presentation

USDA Forest Service


Judith Dyess, Assistant Director of Rangeland Management for the Southwestern Region
Ron Mortensen, Rangeland Management Specialist for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest - Region 3
Stephanie Coleman, Forest Fish Biologist for the Apache Sitgreaves Supervisor's Office - Region 3

The Wallow Fire (summer of 2011) is the largest fire in Arizona history, and perhaps the onset of a "new normal" in the southwestern fire regime. Less well known, however, is the equally significant cross-agency collaboration that transpired during and after the fire and how these partnerships resulted in the quick, efficient, and biologically-sound decision to return of cattle to the area impacted by the fire.

Forest Service Wallow Fire 2013 Quivira Audio
Forest Service Wallow Fire 2013 Quivira Presentation

Amy Haak


Resource Information Director - Trout Unlimited National. Boise, Idaho

Trout Unlimited has been exploring a variety of strategies that boost the chances of survival for native trout species facing climate impacts in the West. Amy will present case studies where conservation strategies appear to be working, including one in the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Amy Haak 2013 Quivira Presentation

Dennis Moroney


Rancher, 47 Ranch. McNeal, Arizona

Dennis makes an extremely compelling case for agricultural diversification in the face of climatic and market uncertainty. He will describe the way that his family has made the shift from a traditional cow/calf ranch to as extremely diversified agrarian enterprise (cows, horses, farming, sheep, goats, olives, high tunnels, irrigated land, apprenticeship, heritage breeds, permaculture, etc...), and how that shift has increased their social, ecological, and economic resilience.

Dennis Moroney 2013 Quivira Audio

Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan


Writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate, rural lifeways folklorist, conservationist and tenured professor as a Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona

The title of Gary's latest book says it all: Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty. He will summarize what he has learned from nearly forty years of experience in arid landscapes and paint a hopeful picture of possible adaptation strategies.

Gary Nabhan 2013 Quivira Audio
Gary Nabhan 2013 Quivira Presentation

Dr. Jonathan Overpeck


Climate scientist for over 30 years, working on understanding climate variability and change, but also on options for dealing with climate challenges. Co-Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona

Jonathan is one of the world's foremost climate scientists. We've asked him to answer the critical question: "adapt to what?" What does the latest science tell us about the future temperature and precipitation patterns for the Southwest? Jonathan is also keen to build bridges between researchers and practitioners on the issue of adaptation and is eager to hear ideas from the audience.

Quivira 2013 Overpeck Audio Presentation
Jonathan Overpeck 2013 Quivira Presentation

Rodrigo Rodriguez and Travis McKenzie


Field Organizer and coordinator of The SouthWest Organizing Project's, community food justice initiative, "Project Feed the Hood." Albuquerque, New Mexico

How will climate uncertainty affect the economically disadvantaged, especially in cities? Rodrigo will discuss his efforts, and the efforts of the Southwest Organizing Project, to change policies at local and regional levels to help the urban poor adapt to food and water scarcity concerns.

Travis is a garden coordinator.

SWOP 2013 Quivira Audio

Tom Sidwell


Rancher, JX Ranch. Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tom and Mimi Sidwell are some of the best drought managers in the region. Although the JX Ranch has received less than half the usual amount of precipitation the past three years, the land has forage and the Sidwells' grassfed beef business is doing well. The key: planning for drought. In the conference, Tom will share the details of his management philosophy and practices.

Tom Sidwell 2013 Quivira Audio
Tom Sidwell 2013 Quivira Presentation

Tim Sullivan


State Director for The Nature Conservancy's Colorado Chapter. The Nature Conservancy's Colorado Chapter . Boulder, Colorado

The Nature Conservancy is working with individual ranchers and landowner-led organizations like the Three Rivers Alliance in eastern Colorado to enable land managers to adapt to the many contemporary challenges facing both agriculture and conservation. Climate change and drought, economic pressures, water resource limitations, range condition and integrity, and public awareness are among these challenges. Initiatives focused on water resource conservation and sustainability, enterprise identification and development, education and capacity building, and improving farm and ranch planning tools are among the joint initiatives the Conservancy and partners are pursuing to adapt to these and other challenges.

TNC 2013 Quivira Conference Presentation

Taos County Economic Development Corporation


Pati Martinson and Terrie Bad Hand - Co-founders/Directors, Taos County Economic Development Corporation. Taos, New Mexico

For thirty years, Patti and Terrie have been leaders in the food security and community-based economic development movement. In the conference, they will share their experience building a business model based on the strength and wisdom of land-based cultures that have demonstrated the ability to adapt to and overcome adversity by retaining beliefs and values and recognizing the inevitability of cycles.

TCEDC 2013 Quivira Audio
TCEDC 2013 Quivira Presentation

Bill Zeedyk - Day 1 Wetlands Workshop


Bill owns and operates a small consulting business, Zeedyk Ecological Consulting, LLC, specializing in the restoration of wetland and riparian habitats using low tech, hands-on methods and native materials. Sapello, New Mexico

Bill is familiar to Quivira audiences as the innovator of successful riparian restoration methods based on his philosophy of "thinking like a creek." He will share his latest ideas and new restoration strategies for adapting to the hotter and drier conditions that are beginning to develop across the Southwest. Other speakers at this all-day workshop include; Michelle Barnes, AT Cole,Shawn Conner, Kristina Fisher, George Long, Brett Redden, Matt Schultz, Craig Sponholtz, Dan Taylor,Mark Torres and Mollie Walton.

QC Conference - Zeedyk Audio
Collaborative Wetland Restoration In the Southwest Workshop Presentations

Zeedyk 2013 Quivira You Tube