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Change in Rural Colorado: Loving our Land

‘Loving Our Land,’ the second event in the "Change in Rural Colorado" series, will focus on natural resource assets, water headlands, and conservation efforts. Join us on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. MT hear short presentations from panelists as they discuss how their organizations invest in the water, lands, and forests of the state, then lead a conversation about key trends they believe will guide policy and programs in the Colorado natural resource sector.


Moderated by Dr. Dawn Thilmany, this community conversation will share the successes and challenges of Colorado’s programs to protect our natural resources. After the panelists present, the conversation opens to questions and comments from our live audience.


Facilitator Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agricultural Economics, Co-Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute and Director Engaged Research at Colorado State University. She specializes in rural economic development and focuses on opportunities related to value-added food market supply chains, as well as applied research on food market analysis and consumer behavior. Her work on agricultural diversification also includes work with agritourism and entrepreneurship in Colorado and the Western US. She is currently the President of the Ag and Applied Economics Association and has held several leadership positions with national ag, food and regional economic associations. She has been a visiting scholar and collaborated with several USDA agencies, including a current project focused on food supply chains during COVID with the Ag Marketing Service.


Panelists will include:

  • Sonja Chavez, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

  • Heather Knight, Center for Collaborative Conservation

  • Wade Shelton, Trust for Public Lands

  • Mike Lester, Colorado State Forest Service.


Register for the event and learn more: https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/change-in-rural-colorado/


Download the Change in Rural Colorado Fact Sheet:

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Colorado Humanities and the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University offer a series of free, online conversations about the challenges and opportunities facing rural Colorado.



For More Information

Gina Huett, Program Coordinator Colorado Humanities

303.894.7951 x13 • ghuett@coloradohumanities.org






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