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Slide 1 - Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary National Conference
Slide 2 - Wilderness50 Planning Team Coalition of 26 Wilderness and environmental organizations, federal agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions planning local, regional and national events National Conference Committee is comprised of a team of 24 individuals from non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, and NGOs. New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Slide 3 - Goals for the National Conference To provide a forum for discussing the growing challenges of perpetuating the values of Wilderness in a time of unprecedented environmental and social change; Deepen participants' engagement in Wilderness stewardship and enable their effective involvement in the difficult decisions that lie ahead.
Slide 4 - Albuquerque, New Mexico October 15-19, 2014 pre-conference trainings diverse plenary sessions, presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips skill development workshops, all culminating in the public, outdoor 'Get Wild' Festival
Slide 5 - Albuquerque, New Mexico Hyatt Regency Hotel Andaluz Hotel Double Tree Hotel Albuquerque Convention Center Civic Plaza- “Get Wild” Festival
Slide 6 - Wilderness50 Website
Slide 7 - 6 Tracks History: The Evolving Wilderness Stewardship: Professionalization and Challenges Education: Preparing Tomorrow's Stewards Experience: The Value of Diverse Perspectives Civic Engagement: Preservation is Only the Beginning Science for Wilderness; Wilderness for Science
Slide 8 - History History: The Evolving Wilderness Leading scholars will tell inspiring stories of how the wilderness concept evolved. Sessions will discuss the landscape and social changes that led to the wilderness movement, and the ideas and ideals, the hopes and fears and concerns for the future that motivated the framers of the Wilderness Act. But history too evolves, and sessions will explore diverse interpretations related to our wilderness frontier cultural heritage and its role in shaping our national character and identity.
Slide 9 - Education Education: Preparing Tomorrow's Stewards To succeed, wilderness management must work to prevent social and physical impacts, prepare future stewards, raise public awareness and cultivate and involve more diverse constituents in support of wilderness. Sessions in this track offer field-tested information for wilderness education program development, implementation, evaluation, and fundraising strategies in difficult economic times. Real-life education success stories will be offered as a foundation for building new or enhancing existing wilderness education programs.
Slide 10 - Experience Experience: The Value of Diverse Perspectives This track will provide a forum for those who participate in, study, or manage recreation in wilderness. Whether visitors come for the challenge of an arduous trek or just to be in a world apart from the distractions of modern civilization, they arrive with motivations, perspectives, and behaviors that need to be better understood if the full range of experiential benefits is to be provided while protecting wilderness resources. As well, sessions will include the existence and symbolic values experienced by millions who will never set foot in Wilderness.
Slide 11 - Civic Engagement Civic Engagement: Preservation is Only the Beginning Our nation's decision-making on wilderness involves public participation at its very heart, from wilderness establishment to debate on management in challenging economic and climate-stressed times. Congressional staff, environmental professionals, under-served community leaders, and agency personnel will discuss the new age of civic engagement in preserving and managing our nation's wilderness heritage, as well as the changing demographics of the wilderness constituency in an era governed by social media. Sessions will focus on innovations and traditions of activism through individual volunteerism, organizational involvement, and electoral participation.
Slide 12 - Science Science for Wilderness; Wilderness for Science Sessions in this track include topics from both the ecological and social sciences. Presentations will describe ecosystem services provided by wilderness, and its value as a natural laboratory, lending insights into how the natural world functions when left wild, and how it responds to large-scale, human-caused influences, such as global climate change. Presentations will examine research findings that enable better stewardship-from new understandings of how wilderness can be protected to how visitor experiences and behaviors can be affected by various management approaches.
Slide 13 - Speaker and Events RFP Event RFP closed August 31st Pre-conference training Fieldtrips Film festival Cultural events Speaker/presenter RFP closed January 31st 370 proposals received for the 6 tracks Committee is finalizing the program
Slide 14 - Keynote Speakers President Jimmy Carter Secretary Sally Jewell Senator Martin Heinrich, NM Representative Ben Ray Luján Dr. Sylvia Earle- Chief Scientist at NOAA Princess Lujac- Alaska Native Terry Tempest Williams- Author activist Doug Brinkley- Author historian David Forman- Wildlands Project Juan Martinez- Advocate for youth involvement Rue Mapp- Outdoor Afro
Slide 15 - Youth Scholarships Application process April 1-May 16  at least 10 selected young people Questions: Wilderness50YouthScholarship@gmail.com
Slide 16 - Registration Opens in May! The registration fee for the National Wilderness Conference will be $300 and includes a participant packet and participation in all sessions, receptions, Wilderness Celebration Exhibition exhibitor hall displays, and events including the opening ceremony and closing day 'Get Wild' Festival, which is open to the public as well as to conference participants. Speakers who present as part of the tracks (not posters) will receive an approximate 25% discount on registration.  Field trips, pre-conference training, and the film gala offered before and after the conference are not included in the registration fee. Costs for field trips will vary, depending on the duration and type of trip, though most trips will require that participants only pay a minimal transportation fee and bag lunch (for day-long trips).
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Slide 18 - Exhibitors