Fall 2017 Newsletter


Sustaining the New West ~ Conservation Challenges, Conservation Opportunities

November 29TH, 2017
The Emerson's Crawford Theater
Bozeman, MT




The West is now the fastest growing region in the country. How will our wide open spaces, pristine waters and abundant fish and wildlife fare under this pressure? And what about those overarching affects of climate change?  

This landmark event will put a spotlight on growth trends in the Northern Rockies and explore how they are impacting our landscapes and natural values.  But we’ll also highlight exciting regional work that is overcoming these conservation challenges including successful efforts to manage exurban growth, outdoor recreation, highway development, and water resources, as well as adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

Join us as we host an outstanding lineup of speakers from around the west who will explore these trends, share inspiring stories, and illuminate a conservation agenda for the 21st century.

Questions on the agenda, accommodation recommendations for those of you coming from out-of-town, and any other information? Contact Hannah-- hannah@future-west.org.  

Growth ~ The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Future West Associate and speaker at our upcoming Sustaining the New West conference (see above!), Todd Wilkinson, published a timely article on the challenges that growth in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) presents to our wild spaces, towns, and communities.  This Top Story, titled: Unnatural Disaster: Will America’s Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People? brings in Future West's Randy Carpenter to look at the potential consequences as well as the potential solutions that the GYE is facing as it experiences this magnitude of rapid growth and urbanization.  

 Wilkinson's piece, featured in his recently launched Mountain Journal, is part of a series on Growth in the GYE.  This article, alongside the other pieces of Mountain Journal raise critical questions and concerns that require complex answers to address them.  As part of the work of Future West, we continue to work to find these solutions, and we hope you'll join us this November as we create a forum for this long overdue discussion. 


Dennis Glick, Director of Future West
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