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2013 Quivira Conference

Inspiring Adaptation
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 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! Featured speakers were Gary Snyder and Jack Loeffler.
2013 Quivira Conference Program

Eleventh Annual Conference

How to Feed Nine Billion People From the Ground Up:
Soil, Seeds, Water, Plants, Livestock, Forests, Organics, and People
Global human population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050, which means food production will need to expand by 70% to keep up. Fulfilling this demand will place unprecedented pressure on ecosystems, including the planet's grasslands, especially as competition grows for scarce natural resources. Working together to meet this daunting challenge while ensuring the health of land, water, wildlife and people will be one of the great tasks of the 21st century. In this conference, we will explore a variety of innovative practices that are already successfully intensifying food production while preserving, maintaining, and restoring the natural world. Speakers will share their hands-on experience and ideas for feeding all life - from the ground up.
11th Annual Conference Program


Tenth Anniversary Conference

New Agrarians: How the next generation of leaders tackle 21st century challenges
November 8-10, 2011

Across the nation, a new agrarian movement, centered on food and land health, is growing into a dynamic force. Led by youth (including the young-at-heart) and their mentors, this burgeoning movement is tackling some of the most daunting challenges of our time: food security, land restoration, conservation, climate adaptation, and sustainable prosperity. In the process, they are overturning traditional paradigms of conservation and agriculture. In this Conference we heard from a wide variety of new farm, ranch and conservation leaders and their innovative, hands-on ideas and practices that are changing the way we look at the land, our water, and ourselves. Courtney White, Executive Director

10th Anniversary Conference Program

Ninth Annual Conference

The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change
November 10-12, 2010
Climate change is the most pressing issue confronting humanity. It is also a tremendous opportunity. Right now, the only possibility of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is through plant photosynthesis and other land-based carbon sequestration activities. Strategies include: enriching soil carbon, farming with perennials, employing climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, and producing local food. Over the past decade, many of these strategies have been demonstrated to be both practical and profitable. A carbon ranch bundles them into an economic whole with the aim of creating climate-friendly landscapes that are both healthy ecologically and the source of healthy food. In this conference we explored this exciting new frontier and learn from `carbon pioneers' from around the world.
9th Annual Conference Program

Eighth Annual Conference

Living Leopold: The Land Ethic and a New Agrarianism
November 4-6, 2009
"The only progress that counts is on the actual landscape of the back forty." - Aldo Leopold
In 2009, we celebrated the centennial of the arrival of the great American conservationist Aldo Leopold in the Southwest as a ranger with the fledging U.S. Forest Service. Over the course of a remarkable and influential career, Leopold eloquently advocated a variety of critical conservation concepts, including wilderness protection, sustainable agriculture, wildlife research, ecological restoration, environmental education, land health, erosion control, biological holism, public welfare, private initiative, and, of course, a land ethic.
In this `practitioners' Conference, we featured farmers, ranchers, scientists and conservationists who are "living Leopold" today - people who are implementing his vision of a land ethic on the back forty. The event incorporated six themes: (1) Land Health; (2) Conservation; (3) Sustainable Agriculture; (4) Wildlife and Restoration; (5) Beauty; and (6) the Land Ethic. Each theme was motivated by a Leopold quote and each speaker discussed the land ethic in their lives and how a new agrarianism works.
8th Annual Conference Program

Seventh Annual Conference

Building Resilience: Creating Hope in an Age of Consequences
January 17-19, 2008
This Conference featured stories of resilience and hope. Speakers explored the challenges we face in an Age of Consequences, the principles of adaptation, coexistence, and renewal, as well as, instructive examples of endurance.
7th Annual Conference Program

Sixth Annual Conference

Fresh Eyes on the Land: Innovation and The Next Generation
January 18-20, 2007
The focus of this conference is the Next Generation - the 'fresh' ideas, practices, and relationships that help young people stay connected to the land.
Excerpt from Welcome by Courtney White:
"On behalf of The Quivira Coalition, welcome to our Sixth Annual Conference. The focus this year is on the Next Generation - the `fresh' ideas, practices, and relationships that help young people stay connected to the land. I think of this event as a 'how', not a 'why' Conference. We all know why it is important to keep the Next Generation on the land - the real issue is how exactly to do it."
6th Annual Conference Program

Fifth Annual Conference

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Reconnecting People to the Land and Each Other
January 14 - 17, 2006
The Fifth Annual Conference drew 500 people from 18 states. Speakers came from Vermont, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, Utah, as well as the Southwest region and Mexico.
The official goal of the Conference was this:
"To many the widening divide between urban and rural populations in the West threatens the region's long-term economic and ecological health. Whether it is food, water, policy or politics, the connection between urban and rural, once strong, has become a chasm. Overcoming this great divide will require new thinking, new dialogue, and new understanding of a rapidly changing world. This Conference will explore emerging ideas and innovative strategies that reconnect land and people."
The Keynote Speaker, Richard Louv, children's advocate and author of 'Last Child in The Wood's' gave a rousing call-to-arms about the challenge of reconnecting children to nature. The Range School, taught by Dr. Fred Provenza of Utah State University, drew 180 participants, nearly all of whom were ranchers. And a Special Symposium on the Clean Water Act drew nearly 100 people.
5th Annual Conference Program

Fourth Annual Conference

Half Public, Half Private, One West: Innovation and Opportunity Across Boundaries
January 13-15, 2005
Over five hundred people attended to learn, listen, and shake hands. Divided in thirds between ranchers, conservationists, and state and federal land managers, attendees came from places as distant as California, Washington, Montana, even Canada.
Topics ranged from goats to birds, to a history of private property, to getting along with predators, to making a profit in the cattle business, to the Buddha. We were honored to have Allan Nation as our keynote speaker. Nation, a widely sought-after lecturer and teacher, publishes the Stockman Grass Farmer, which focuses on management-intensive grassland enterprises around the world.
The Conference included two all-day symposiums. One was a Range School and the other was an in-depth exploration of the idea of 'water-banking' - storing water in streambanks (where it would be naturally) instead of in reservoirs. Conference sessions included: Keeping the Family in Ranching, Working with Predators, Managing Landcapes Collaboratively, Safe Harbor Agreements, Virtual Fencing, Ranching from Scratch, How to Start a Watershed Group, and more.
"I will use things from this conference. I have many opportunities to do things differently on my ranch, from grazing to noxious weed control." Conference Attendee
4th Annual Conference Program

Third Annual Conference

Ranching in Nature's Image: Fostering Social and Environmental Health in the West
January 15-17, 2004

Our Third Annual Conference, held over Martin Luther King weekend in 2004, drew over 430 people. Attendees came from every western state, representing a diverse cross-section of the 'radical center.'

Dignitaries included Lt. Governor Diane Denish, and NM State Land Commissioner, Patrick Lyons. Over forty speakers rounded out the busy schedule, which was changed this year to accommodate concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Evaluations and on-site feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Many told us it was one of the best events they had been to in many years, and they encouraged us to keep up the good work. Many said it gave them hope for the future.
3rd Annual Conference Program

Second Annual Conference

Ranching at the Crossroads: Forging a West that Works
January 16-18, 2003

Entitled 'Ranching at the Crossroads', speakers included Gary Nabhan, Dan Kemmis, Duke Phillips, Tweeti Blancett, Rick Knight, and Lt. Governor Diane Denish. Topics ranged from goats to beavers to farmer's markets to mine reclamation. The Conference received good press coverage and the Proceedings were published in 2004.

The Conference was a major success in every way. The chance to network among groups that normally don't rub elbows alone makes this a unique and important event.
2nd Annual Conference Program

First Annual Conference

The New Ranch At Work 2002
The First Annual Conference drew over 300 ranchers, environmentalists, scientists, public land managers, and others to Albuquerque. These diverse groups came together to explore the possibility of a common future. Hope was the main topic of discussion in the halls and on the conference agenda.

This conference was successfully initiated in order to create a 'neutral ground' where diverse interests could meet to listen and learn from one another.
1st Annual Conference Program