You Are Invited To Attend RangeNet 2003 on November 5-7 in Boulder, Colorado

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Western Watersheds Project Cordially Invites Readers Of WWP's Online Messenger To Join Us At RangeNet 2003 At The University Of Colorado In Boulder Next Week.

The Conference Features A Keynote Address Thursday Evening By Former National BLM Director, Jim Baca.

Secure Registration and lodging information can be found online at this URL: or feel free to register at the door.

This Year's Conference is Hosted by Western Watersheds Project (, RangeNet (, Sinapu (, and Sinapu CU (

Thanks to the Following Co-sponsors:


Here is the Agenda:
Agenda of Events

Wednesday November 5, 2003
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building on the Univ of Colorado campus between 15th and 16th streets, just east of Broadway. Visitor parking is located in the Euclid parking structure just east of the University Memorial Center (UMC).

* 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 Conference reception. No-host bar. Welcome by Jon Marvel Michael Robinson Mexican Wolf Recovery Politics Slideshow

Thursday November 6, 2003
Fleming Law Building Courtroom (401 UCB Kittredge Loop Drive)

* 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 Conference registration and networking
* 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome by Jon Marvel
* 9:15 - 10 "Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West", George Wuerthner, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign
* 10:00 - 11:45 Knowledge as a Basis for Action (Panel) (Moderator Irene Vlach)
Critique of Holistic Rangeland Management: Dr. John Carter
Legal Strategies to Address the Problems Associated with Public Lands Ranching: Tom Lustig
Economics of Public Lands Ranching: George Wuerthner
Ranch Ecology: A Six Point Critique - Dr. Jerry Freilich (Speaker), Jeff Duda, John Emlen, Carl Freeman, and Phil Cafaro. Major conservation organizations support the ranching industry arguing that sensitively ranched lands are compatible with long term maintenance of biodiversity and are certainly preferable to subdivisions. Jerry Freilich, The Nature Conservancy's former science director for Wyoming, will discuss six problems with this contention.
* 11:45 - 12:00 Knowledge Q & A
* 12:00 -1:15pm - lunch on your own
* 1:15 - 2:45 Endangered Species: Spotlight on Grouse (Moderator Mark Salvo) Dr. Bruce Welch, USDA-Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Expert on sagebrush ecosystems.
Dr. Steve Herman, Evergreen State College. Author, "Wildlife Biology and Natural History: Time for a Reunion."
Allison Jones, Wild Utah Project. Principal, Heart of the West Conservation Design and Implementation Project, including millions of acres of sage grouse habitat in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Colorado.
Dr. Clait Braun, Grouse, Inc. Formerly with Colorado Division of Wildlife, premier expert on Gunnison and greater sage grouse.
* 2:45 - 3:15 Sage Grouse Q & A
* 3:15 - 3:30 Break
* 3:30 - 4:30 Dollars and Sense: The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign (Pat Wolff)
Andy Kerr, director, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign
Mark Salvo, counselor, NPLGC
Additional speaker TBA
* 4:30 - 5:00 Dollars & Sense Q & A
* 5:00 -7:00pm - Dinner on your own
* 7:00 - 7:15 Edward Abbey Memorial Hooved Locust Award (Recipient to be announced) Presented by Jon Marvel
* 7:15 - 8:30 Keynote Address: Jim Baca

Friday November 7, 2003

* 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 Conference registration and networking
* 9:00 - 10:00 Carnivores, not Cows (Panel) (Moderator Rob Edward)
Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, discusses ranching as impediment to Mexican wolf recovery
Wendy Keefover-Ring, Sinapu, slideshow on carnivore protection and anti-aerial gunning initiatives
Todd Tucci, Advocates for the West, discusses successful litigation to stop ADC predator killing in name of endangered species protection
Dr. Nicole Rosmarino, Forest Guardians, discusses ADC's growing involvement in endangered and threatened species conservation.
* 10:00 - 10:25 Carnivore Q & A
* 10:25 - 10:35 Break
* 10:35 - 11:35 Re-Wildling the West (Panel) (Moderator Nicole Rosmarino)
Jarid Manos, Great Plains Restoration Council: Discussion of Buffalo Commons, Million Acre Vision
Tara Rae Gunter, Oregon Natural Desert Association: Obtaining Wilderness Without Cows.
Lauren McCain, Southern Plains Land Trust: Private Land Acquisition, Conservation Easements, Tax Lien Sales. Using the gravy train to achieve conservation.
* 11:35 - 12:00 Re-Wildling Q & A
* 12:00noon -1:15pm - lunch on your own
* 1:15 - 2:15 Beyond Federal Lands (Moderator Greg Schneider)
Greg Schneider, East Bay Grazing in urban open space
Elaine Kingston, Public Safety and Free Roaming Cattle
Kent Knudson, Open Range Laws -- Obsolete?
BB Hahn, Developer-Controlled Grazing Rights
* 2:15 - 2:30 Beyond Federal Lands Q & A
* 2:30 - 3:30 How the West Will Be Won (Moderator Larry Walker)
Andy Kerr, director, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign NPLGC Steering Committee representatives:
American Lands Alliance (Mark Salvo)
Center for Biological Diversity (AJ Schneller)
Forest Guardians (John Horning)
Oregon Natural Desert Association (Tara Rae Gunter)
Western Watersheds Project (Jon Marvel)
* 3:30 - 4:00 How the West Will Be Won Q & A
* 4:00 p.m. - END OF CONFERENCE!