Detailed Agenda

Tuesday, October 9

Time Session Description
5:30 Registration High Alpine Brewing

Wednesday, October 10

Time Session Description
9:00 Opening Welcome, Purpose & Goals for the 2018 National Wilderness Workshop
9:45 KeyNote KeyNote by Taos Pueblo
11:00 Wilderness Culture: Wilderness Communications Listening Session Communications Listening Session Through a panel discussion, hear diverse perspectives on perceptions of wilderness and wilderness management, including barriers to engagement.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
12:00 Lunch On your own.
1:00 Wilderness Culture: Integrating Safe and Respectful Workplace into Organizational Culture Learn from land management agencies how they have addressed prevalent issues of harrassment, and what their plans are moving forward to build a new culture of safety and respect.  Take lessons learned and apply in a small group setting to identify and build solutions for any issues you face in your workplace.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
1:00 Wilderness Management:Catching up with 2020, Looking Forward Hear about what progress has already been made on the 2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship, and what to expect to be accomplished over the next couple of years.  Participate in workgroups to brainstorm what should happen after the 2020 Vision is complete.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
1:00 Wilderness Science: Land Use Change and Climate Change Project Hear from scientists conducting research on climate change and how conditions are affecting land use and access.  In work groups, identify changing conditions, land use change and the management questions they pose for wilderness.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
5:00 End of the Day  
7:00 Wilderness Community: Film Screening See An American Ascent and a curated selection of other short films.  Bar and appetizers hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Thursday, October 11

Time Session Description
9:00 Announcements Hear annoucements of the day and do some networking and catching up with old friends over coffee.
9:30 Wilderness Culture: Models of Engagement for Diverse Populations Listen to a number of organizations discuss how they identified diversity gaps and changed or built programming to meet them.  Take their tools and apply to your own organization in small groups, first to find where you can improve in diverse funtioning, and then to brainstorm avenues to get there. (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
9:30 Wilderness Management:Cultural Resources Monitoring Ice Patch Project Discover the palecology resources that have been hidden for generations through Dr. Craig Lee's eyes, and the research of the Ice Patch Project.  Connect his findings to current and future culutral resource monitoring projects, and work with others to determine the best path forward with this new information.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
9:30 Wilderness Science: Demographics & Generational Changes in Top 20 Cities Hear how social trends have affected public land perceptions and access in 20 of the country's busiest cities.  Map proximity of changing urban centers to the lands you manage, and identify issues that may take place in the next 5 or 10 years around perception and access, charting paths to success through adaptive management action you can take.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
12:00 Lunch On your own.
1:00 Travel to IBar Ranch Meet on campus to travel to IBar Ranch for the afternoon.
1:30 Wilderness Management: Identification of High Priority Wilderness Stewardship Projects Hear from the Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management on which wilderness stewardship projects are of the most importance, and where increased partnership is needed. (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
2:30 Wilderness Management: Partnership Expansion Round Tables Weave amongst tables set up by partner organizations, learn about what they do, network, and discover new ways to partner and build programs for wilderness stewardship. Partnership round tables will continue throughout the afternoon concurrent with the Wilderness Olympics.
3:30 Wilderness Community: Wilderness Olympics Back from a wildly successful debut in 2016, the Wilderness Olympics!  Try your hand at dizzy tent set-up, crosscut sawing, saddle pannier packing, and a backpack obstacle course.  You can compete by yourself, in a group, or spectate.  Complete with a medals ceremony.
5:30 Dinner Wilderness Olympics and Partnership Round Tables will draw to a close while dinner is provided by Burnells Farmhouse Eatery.
7:00 Wilderness Community: Awards Ceremonies  Awards ceremonies for the Wilderness Olympics and national wilderness awards, and a celebration of the 25th Anniversary for both the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

Friday, October 12

Time Session Description
9:00 Announcements Hear annoucements of the day and do some networking and catching up with old friends over coffee.
9:30 Wilderness Culture:Native Lessons for Youth Engage with Native elders as they provide Native and non-native youth with legacy information about culture, wilderness, and stewardship responsiblities.  Practice putting these tools and philosophies into practice for your unique management challenges.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
9:30 Wilderness Management:Wilderness Study Areas and Lands with Wilderness Characteristics Discuss the unique managerial challenges of Wilderness Study Areas and Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.  Look at this issue on both national and local levels, and split into small groups and work on specific issues provided to you by the session facilitators.  Come up with management solutions and identify best practices with your group members.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
9:30 Wilderness Science: Anthropocene - Trends, Best Science & Predictions for the Future Watch a presentation on the Anthropocene, and how it has, and is predicted to, change ecosystems and wilderness.  Through a facilitated panel discussion, hear from experts as they discuss strategies and questions in facing wilderness management in a changing time.  Break into small groups to work on real-time issues regarding the question of restoration and managerial manipulation in wilderness.  Together, determine a recommended course of action.  (Secretary of the Interior Climate Change Priority)
12:00 Lunch On your own.
1:00 Wilderness Management: Agency Breakouts

US Fish & Wildlife Service: Topics being developed.

Bureau of Land Management: Wilderness Study Areas & Lands With Wilderness Characteristics, discussing management issues and finding solutions.

US Forest Service: Wilderness Stewardship Performance Implementation, addressing questions and national plans for WSP, WSP grant tips for success, national Wilderness Character Monitoring roll-out.

National Park Service: Topics being developed.

(2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)

1:00 Wilderness Management: Partner Funder Roundtables Grantmakers will be present and hosting a table in a "speed dating" fashion.  During several sessions, partners rotate to share their story, briefly presenting their nonprofit mission, programming, and wilderness stewardship projects.  This exchange provides grantseekers and funders with a sense of whether there is enough of a fit to move forward with a funding proposal.  This is the last step of the three-step increase in partnership for wilderness stewardship goal within the National Wilderness Workshop, following on the identification of high priority projects from land management agencies and partnership expansion round tables.  A list of funders attending will be sent to workshop registrants.  (2020 Vision for Wilderness Stewardship)
5:00 Close of the National Wilderness Workshop Start of the Headwaters Conference
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