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Immediate Release: December 4, 2013
Plains Conservation Center Selected for Special Session on Land Ethic Leaders Program in Denver Region
Commerce City, CO–
Through a unique partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a special Land Ethics Leaders program will convene at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge from December 4-6, 2013. Included in the list of the invitees is the Plains Conservation Center. The Land Ethic Leaders program was designed to enable community influencers to generate opportunities for productive dialogue about how and why people value nature. Participants in the program were identified as leaders in their communities and for their recognized capabilities to strengthen meaningful conversation around environmental values and ethics. Among several Colorado Front Range based organizations selected to participate in the sessions are the Denver Zoo, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Plains Conservation Center.
Dr. Jeffery Su, Executive Director of the Plains Conservation Center says, “I am extremely honored to be invited to be part of the Land Ethic Leadership workshop. Like so many of us, reading Leopold's A Sand County Almanac is what initially inspired me to enter into a career in Conservation. Getting the opportunity to reconnect with this inspiration now and bring that back into the work of the Plains Conservation Center is an invaluable experience.”
Two facilitators from the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Wisconsin will travel to Denver to present the program. The program itself is rooted in Leopold’s most enduring idea, of the “land ethic”... a concept which recognizes the moral responsibility of all humans to the natural world. Leopold’s philosophy is translated in the Land Ethic Leaders program to engage community in developing a land ethic through observing the natural world, participating in purposeful work on the land, and reflecting on their own values and belief about nature. Observation, Participation and Reflection were methods Leopold used to connect others to the natural world and to build regard for its value. The Land Ethic Leaders program is an effort to bring key changemakers together to share these concepts of Observation, Participation and Reflection with their professional networks, program delivery points, communities and to inspire deeper connections between people and the natural world.
July 2011 Land Ethic Leaders participant, “It was invigorating and inspiring, doubly to know I can lead these discussions and help inspire other conservationists”.
The Plains Conservation is a non-profit organization whose mission is: PRESERVING a remnant of the eastern Colorado high plains; EDUCATING the public about its natural and cultural heritage and NURTURING sound conservation and environmental ethic. To learn more about the Plains Conservation Center and programs, please visit www.plainscenter.org.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation's mission is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation. To learn more about the work of the Aldo Leopold Foundation visit www.aldoleopold.org. To learn more about the Land Ethic Leaders program and how you can get involved, visit www.aldoleopold.org/Programs/lel.shtml.
For more information, please contact
Melanie Zeitler, Director of Development
Jeannine Richards, Land Ethics Leaders co-facilitator
Aldo Leopold Foundation
608-355-0279 ext. 25
Immediate Release: July 3, 2013
Prestigious Arapahoe County “Our Progress Takes Flight Award” goes to: Plains Conservation Center and West Arapahoe Conservation District
Aurora, CO--- Arapahoe County Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld announced the winners of the prestigious Our Progress Takes Flight Award. The recipients of the award are recognized for displaying outstanding leadership, cooperation and stewardship to ensure the conservation and the protection of the great outdoors.
The Aurora based Non-Profit Organization Plains Conservation Center and the West Arapahoe Conservation District are being recognized for their cooperative work in helping to conserve, protect and enhance more than 10,000 acres of open space. Including rangelands located in both Arapahoe and Elbert counties, these wild areas were assembled through a series of land acquisitions, master planning, and permanent protections through conservation easements. The member supported Plains Conservation Center has evolved over 54 years from protecting 1,100 acres of short-grass prairie to more than 10,000 acres today between two sites.
Funding partners in these efforts include South Metro Land Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado Conservation Trust, Arapahoe County Open Space, City of Aurora and private donors.
Jeff Su, Executive Director says, “The short-grass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world and only 3.4% of the world’s temperate grasslands remains protected. We are very honored to receive this award along with the West Arapahoe Conservation District and will continue to work with all our partners to conserve the Colorado High Plains and educate the public about its beauty and global importance.”
Born out of the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the need to address efforts of soil and resource conservation and education, the Plains Conservation Center (PCC) was established in the late 1940’s, by the West Arapahoe Conservation District. Now an independent 501(c)(3), PCC continues as a thriving environmental education organization, having served hundreds of thousands of school children since opening its doors to the public. The PCC manages two sites: the Aurora and West Bijou sites. The Center hosts more than 20,000 visitors annually, who experience the wonders and beauty of the short-grass prairie through a variety of public programming, special events and citizen-science projects.
Additionally, each year the organization holds its Hops for Habitat benefit brewfest to raise resources that are used to help conserve thousands of acres of short-grass prairie and also to educate Front Range communities about this rare ecosystem. To learn further details about the event, visit www.facebook.com/plainscenter. To learn more about the organization, visit www.plainscenter.org. The Plains Conservation Center is located at 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013.
For more information, please contact Melanie Zeitler, Director of Development & Marketing