Conservation in Arizona and the Intermountain West: Reflections on the Past Twenty Years and what it means for the Next Twenty
April 18th, 7:00pm – 1899 Ballroom inside 1899 Bar and GrillLecture, panel discussion, and Q&A. Reception to follow
Luther Propst, founder and, until recently, executive director of the Sonoran Institute, will discuss insights, challenges, and opportunities for conservation in Arizona and across the West. Upon his retirement, High Country News publisher Paul Larmer wrote that the Institute had become “a regional conservation powerhouse with 50 employees and a $6 million budget.” And that description does little to convey the immense impact of the Sonoran Institute across the West. With opening remarks, a distillation of ‘lessons learned’ and current opportunities in conservation, Propst will lead a free-ranging discussion with panelists Ethan Aumack (Grand Canyon Trust), Celia Barotz (Flagstaff City Council), and Billy Cordasco (Babbitt Ranches), as well as a question and answer session with the audience.
Propst will reflect upon the state of conservation and community development in Arizona. He will discuss what’s gone well and what hasn’t over the past 20 years, and he will look to panelists and the audience to help articulate how conservation efforts can be tied together in the future, for the betterment of the American West. Building on this common perspective on past and future, Propst and the panelists will put forward specific, new ideas for how we can respond to current challenges and capture opportunities over the next 20 years.