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DISTRICTS IN ACTION:

"Working for the Wyoming Way of Life"

69th Annual Convention
Hosted by the Sheridan County CD
November 18-20, 2014
Holiday Inn, Sheridan WY

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Complete Agenda - updated 11-5-14
Conservation Forestry Committee Agenda
District Operations/Education Committee Agenda
Private, State and Federal Lands Committee Agenda
Water Resources Committee Agenda
Wildlife Committee Agenda

More information on our Keynote Speaker:

FROM ECO-RADICAL TO CONSERVATIVE ENVIRONMENTALIST

When Dan Dagget moved west, to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1980 one of the first things he did was become involved as an environmental activist. With a variety of groups, some of which he originated, Dagget worked to designate wilderness, fought to increase protection for mountain lions and black bears, and helped initiate a campaign to ban uranium mining in the vicinity of the Grand Canyon. His involvement in that latter campaign included helping to organize some of the first direct actions of Earth First!. In 1992 he was designated one of the 100 top grass roots activists in the United States by the Sierra Club.

Over time Dagget came to focus mainly on issues involving the rangelands of the West and the issue most relevant to them — livestock grazing. He wrote two books on the topic Beyond the Rangeland Conflict Toward a West That Works (which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize) and Gardeners of Eden, Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature.

“Remaining just as concerned as I ever have been about the mountains, canyons, rivers, and wide open spaces that have been my home now for 34 years,” Dagget writes, “I have continued to keep track of the areas I made such a big deal about as a wilderness advocate and crusader for “healthy ecosystems.” As a result, I have something to report that may surprise you. It certainly surprised me.”

The surprise is, according to Dagget, the problems purportedly caused by grazing havenʼt gone away even where grazing has. In fact, he says, they have become worse, so much worse that a significant portion of Western rangelands may be in worse shape today than they were when the campaign to protect them was at its hottest. What is different, however, is that the responsibility for the deteriorated condition of the western range has shifted — reversed, in fact. Now it is protection and regulation and the advocates of those policies that are causing the most significant damage.

Dagget supports this observation by presenting old photographs of rangeland while it was being grazed and comparing those images with rephotographs of those exact same locations after several years (as many as 80 years) of protection. In addition he compares photographs of environmental damage used to make the case against grazing with photographs of damage that has occurred while land has been protected.

Today, Dagget works to create a conservative environmentalism intended to make all sides in environmental issues accountable based on the results, rather than the political correctness, of their actions.

Hotel Accommodations:
Sheridan Holiday Inn
1809 Sugarland Drive
Sheridan, WY 82801

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheridan Holiday Inn.  Please use block Code: SCD when making your reservations.  Rooms must be reserved by November 4th, to get the convention rate of $83/night.  Reservations may be made by calling 307-672-8931 or at www.holidayinn.com/sheridanwy and typing in the group code SCD under the reservation segment. 
 

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Mission: The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts provides leadership for the conservation of Wyoming's soil and water resources, promotes the control of soil erosion, promotes and protects the quality of Wyoming's waters, reduce siltation of stream channels and reservoirs, promote wise use of Wyoming's water, and all other natural resources, preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect the tax base and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of this state through a responsible conservation ethic.