As promised, below are the presentations of our speakers from the November 29th Sustaining the New West Conference. We are delighted to share their work with you. As with any source, please cite appropriately if you use any of the information in your work. To view the PDFs, scroll over the image and click the arrows to navigate the pages of each speaker’s presentation.

Sustaining the New West: Conservation Challenges – Conservation Opportunities


Defining the New West – Todd Wilkinson, Mountain Journal


Key Note: Managing Growth in the New West – Ralph Becker, Former Mayor of Salt Lake CityRalphBecker

Session 1: Growth Trends

Setting The Stage: Growth Trends in the Northern Rockies – Dr. Ray Rasker, Headwaters Economics1_RayRasker

Growth at the Local Level – Randy Carpenter, Future West2_RandyCarpenter

Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands – Kathy Rinaldi and Brooke Regan, Greater Yellowstone Coalition3_KathyRinaldiAndBrookeRegan

Session 2: Growth Implications

Water, or a Lack Thereof, in the New West – Laura Ziemer, Trout Unlimitedlaura-ziemer

Sprawling Wildlife into Wildlife Habitat – Dr. Andy Hansen, Montana State University3_AndyHansen

Our Playground is Their Home: Recreation and Wildlife – Dr. Sarah Reed, Wildlife Conservation SocietySarahReed

The Elephant in the Room: Climate Change – Dr. Steve Running, University of Montana5_SteveRunning

Session 3: Opportunities

Fostering Sustainability at the Community Level – Skye Schell, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance1_SkyeSchell

Bringing Towns and Counties Together to Plan for the Future – Chad Phillips, Routt County Planning Department2_Chad-Phillips

Building Drought Resilience in the Upper Missouri Watershed – Ann Schwend, Montana Department of Natural Resources3_AnnSchwend

Creating Safe Wildlife Passage Across Wyoming’s Highways – Chris Colligan, Greater Yellowstone Coalition4_ChrisColligan

Reconciling Conflicts Between Recreationists and Wildlife – Morgan Valliant, Missoula Parks and Open Space Department5_MorganValliant