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Nathan W. Seward is a Wildlife Conservation Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Gunnison, Colorado. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University (2000) and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Kentucky (2003). The majority of his work focuses on Gunnison sage-grouse conservation and habitat enhancement work on private and public lands in the Upper Gunnison Basin. He has been a member of The Wildlife Society since 1999, is a certified Associate Wildlife Biologist, and currently acts as the Treasurer for the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society. When not building one rock dams or answering emails, he enjoys hunting, fly-fishing, and spending time with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children, Reilly, Rowan, and Drayden.
Good for the Bird, Good for the Herd
Building resilience for wildlife and ranching in the sagebrush sea
Across the West, a new paradigm for conserving at-risk species is taking root as local communities work toward a shared vision of building resilience for wildlife and working lands. Under the banner of the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative, ranchers and partners are voluntarily implementing practices to protect and restore sagebrush rangelands and reduce the need for species regulation. One such example of this collaboration comes from the Gunnison Basin, Colorado, where a broad public-private partnership is applying simple restoration techniques pioneered by Bill Zeedyk to restore wet meadows and enhance resilience to drought. New science shows restored areas are 24% more productive and stay greener longer, boosting green groceries for wildlife and cattle. This panel with Jeremy Maestas will highlight successes from Gunnison and discuss transferability of this innovative effort to other working lands.
Highlights from last year’s event.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
Rio Grande Water Fund Panel - Fire and Rain: Economic, Ecological and Community Resilience Sandra Postel, Laura McCarthy, Katherine Kuhas, Toner Mitchell This panel of experts will discuss the Rio Grande Water Fund, an innovative project created to invest in the long...read more
Allen Williams Restore Soil and Ecosystem Health with Adaptive Grazing Allen Williams will speak on adaptive grazing, which produces positive compounding effects that can significantly benefit soil health, plant species complexity and diversity, insect and pollinator...read more
Rick Danvir Comparing Effects of Time-Controlled Grazing, Traditional Management, and Rest on Vegetative Covers For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to...read more