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A Look Ahead
Western Governors' Association's Winter Meeting, Dec. 4-5, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada

National Geographic, University of Montana offer a free, online course for educators on watershed education

Western Governors' Association's Drought Forum

University of Montana lecture series focuses on Wilderness as a laboratory

April 1- May 1: Free, online class on Water in the American West offered by The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado

Western Governors' Association 2014 Winter Meeting, Dec. 6-7, Las Vegas

Wyoming summit explores the 3 prongs of a sustainable community

University of Colorado’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. hosts “Water and Air Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development: The Evolving Framework of Regulation and Management.," June 5-6, Boulder, Colo.

Western Governors' Association's Summer Meeting June 9-11, Colorado

The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana's2014 Wilderness Lecture Series Jan 28. thru April 8

Western Governors' Association's Winter Meeting, Dec. 11-12, 2013, Las Vegas

Utah hosts Western Governors' Annual Meeting June 28-30

Bozeman Library Foundation's annual fundraiser honors two Montana authors

Wyoming forum brings together experts on collaboration, natural resources

University of Wyoming April forum explores Conservation Finance

Colorado College's Annual State of the Rockies Conference set for April 8-9

University of Montana Public Lands Law Symposium 2013: Balancing Act and Paradigm Shift: Symposium to address the role of public lands in America’s energy future

2013 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series, University of Montana-Missoula

Sustainable-farming expert to speak at University of Montana-Missoula Feb. 4

Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Montana Organic Association's Tenth Anniversary Conference, Helena

Nov. 27-Dec. 2:Sustainable Tourism Education Program, Alta, Wyoming

Quivira Coalition’s 11th Annual Conference "How to feed 9 billion people from the ground up"

University of Montana's Environmental Law Group's 2012 Fall Lecture Series

Sept. 27-28: Third Annual Crown of the Continent Conference, Fernie, B.C.

Montana Renewable Energy Fair, July 21, Butte, Mont.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire hosts Western Governors' Association's Annual Meeting June 9-12, 2012

A Low-Carbon Energy Blueprint for the American West, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Boulder

May 24-30:'s community forums on U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act

Yellowstone Business Partnership's 9th Annual Conference "Growing Jobs for a Greater Yellowstone," May 21-23

April 9-10: Colorado College's Ninth Annual State of the Rockies Conference

Feb. 9, 2012
Environmental policy lecture series University of Montana's Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy’s annual lecture series features national experts on landscapes, bears and rivers

January 31, 2012
West's Wild Waters - University of Montana's Wilderness Institute's annual lecture series examines the history, exploration, conservation and politics of water

April 4-6, 2011
Colorado College's 2011 State of the Rockies Conference "Envisioning and Managing Rockies' Unique Landscapes and Resources," Colorado Springs

2011 Past columns
The University of Montana's Wilderness Institute and Climate Change Studies program's Conservation and Climate Change Lecture Series:
  • Feb 1: Global Change: Tipping Points for People and the Biosphere; Dr. Rob Jackson
  • February 8:  Ice, Wildlife, and Us: What Legacies, What Lessons? Joel Berger
  • February 15:   Water in a Warming West: Policy Options to Respond to Climate Change Impacts, Sarah Bates
  • February 22:  Climate Change, Forests, and Fire: Resource Management in California National Forests, Hugh Safford
  • March 1:  Biochar: A Carbon-Negative Solution from the Distant Past, Gloria Flora
  • March 8:  Bark Beetle Blues: Community Experiences with Forest Disturbance by Insects, Courtney Flint
  • March 15:  Climate Change Economics: Solutions to the Growing Costs of Protecting Homes from Wildfire, Ray Rasker
  • March 22:  Building Resilience: How We Can Steward Nature Through Climate Change, Erika Zavaleta

January 26-27, 2011
ClearSky Climate Solutions' Carbon Offsets 101, Missoula, Mont.

November 12, 2010
Natural Resources Law Center's Symposium on Shale Plays in the Intermountain West: Legal and Policy Issues, Denver, Colo. Read a preview.

October 5-8, 2010
Orton Family Foundation's Community Matters '10, Denver, Colo.

September 23-24, 2010
The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent's first annual conference "Remarkable beyond borders: Shaping the future of the Crown of the Continent", Bayshore Inn, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

September 22-24, 2010
Montana Association of Planners annual meeting "Progress through Partnerships," Missoula, Mont.

June 8-9, 2010
Place-Based Forest Agreements & Law Symposium, University Center, University of Montana Missoula, Mont.

June 3-4:'s 2nd Annual Planning in the West Conference, Boise, Idaho. Read a preview.

June 2-4: Natural Resources Law Center's summer conference, "The Past, Present and Future of our Public Lands," Boulder, Colo. Read a preview.

May 25-26, 2010
Energy Resources and Produced Water Conference: Water Quality, Management, Treatment and Use, University of Wyoming

May 1, 2010
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey will keynote The Andrus Center's "People, Land, Water and Wildlife in a Changing Economy" at Boise State University.

April 19-21, 2010
Colorado Forest Restoration Institute's "Beyond the Bugs: Future Range of Variability for Forests and Communities," Steamboat Springs, Colo. Read a preview.

April 5-6, 2010
"The 'Next' Economy: A Statewide Public Discussion on Jobs and Innovation in Montana", The Burton K. Wheeler Center at Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.

March 5, 2010
Deadline to submit papers for the May 25-26: Energy Resources and Produced Water Conference: Water Quality, Management, Treatment and Use, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

March 3-4, 2010
"Climate Change, Bioenergy and Sustaining the Forests of Idaho and Montana," Boise, Idaho.

February 25-27, 2010
FireSafe Montana's third Montana Communities & Wildfire Conference "Wildfire Preparedness: It’s Your Responsibility” Fairmont Hot Springs, Mont.

February 5:, 2010
The Natural Resource Law Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder hosts a symposium on "The Promise and Peril of Oil Shale Development." Read a preview.

December 17, 2009
For the Forest's symposium on forest health, Aspen, Colo.

December 16-17, 2009
Western Governors' Association's Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA

December 1-2, 2009
Small HydroPower Conference, Washington, D.C.

October 25-27, 2009
Western States Energy and Environment Symposium, Jackson, Wyo.

The National Parks Conservation Association and the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University hosts a series of lectures at the Bozeman Public Library on Montana's Changing Climate and You

October 12-13, 2009's 4th annual Real Estate and Development in the Northern Rockies

September 30-October 2, 2009
The University of Montana School of Law's Redefining Wilderness: Landscape, Law & Policy

Alternative Energy Resources Organization's Montana Energy Tours:

September 10-11, 2009
Public Lands Foundation's annual meeting, Billings, Mont. Read a preview.

July 19-22, 2009
The Teton Conservation District and BioCycle magazine host "Organic Waste Diversion in the Rockies," Jackson, Wyo. Read a preview.

July 1-August 22, 2009
Greater Yellowstone Coalition's 2009 summer outdoor adventures and projects:

June 3-5, 2009
Natural Resource Law Center's 30th annual summer conference: Western Water Law, Policy and Management: Ripples, Currents, and New Channels for Inquiry, Boulder, Colo. Read a preview.

May 13-14: Montana and Canada: Reaching Across the 49th Parallel, Great Falls, Mont. Read a preview.

April 5-7, 2009
Colorado College's 2009 State of the Rockies Conference, Colorado Springs, Colo. Read a preview.

February 10-March 24, 2009
Wilderness Expeditions: Journeys in Conservation sponsored by The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana-Missoula

February 26-27, 2009
Elevate 2009: Climate Change and the New Frontiers of Urban Development, Colorado, The University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and the University of Colorado Law School. Read a preview.

February 18-20, 2009
Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) – Ag to Urban Transfers of Water: Can Ditch Companies Come Out Ahead? Pueblo, Colo. Read a preview.

January 25-27, 2009
Harvesting Clean Energy IX, Billings, Mont. Read a preview.

January 21-22, 2009
Driving the Development of Large-Scale Solar Energy Projects, Las Vegas, Nev.

January 16, 2009
Our Idaho Lands – Pathways for Restoration and Conservation, Boise, Idaho. Read a preview.

December 11, 2008
Colorado conference explores regional water transfers in the 'active market', Colorado School of Law, Boulder. Read a preview.

November 20.: New Mexico Forestry and Climate Change Workshop, Albuquerque, N.M.

November 14-15, 2008
Northern Plains Resource Council annual meeting, Billings, Mont.

October 24-25: Winter Wildlands Alliance's "Advocacy in a Climate of Change", Golden, Colo. Read a preview.

October 8-10, 2008
The inaugural WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nev. Read a preview.

October 8-9, 2008
Idaho Wildland Fire Conference, Boise, Idaho. Read a preview.

September 22-24, 2008
The 32nd Annual Public Land Law Conference, "A Federal Lands Agenda for the 21st Century," Missoula, Mont. Read a preview.

September 18, 2008
High Country News and Boise State University host a panel discussion on "Politics on Planet Idaho: The atmosphere may be turning green," BSU Student Union, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Read a preview.

September 15-17, 2008
Headwaters Summit: Re-visioning how we use water in a changing climate, Missoula, Mont. Read a preview.

September 15, 2008
enerG Magazine's September/October edition is published. Read a preview of the leading North American publication on alternative energy.

September 8-11, 2008
The U.S. Geological Survey's Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, Estes Park, Colo. Read a preview.

June 29-July 1, 2008
Western Governors' Association Annual Meeting: Wildlife corridors, climate change, energy and managing water on agenda, Teton Village Jackson Hole, Wyo.

June 7, 2008
National Trails Day. The American Hiking Society helped organize more than 1,000 events across the nation to celebrate National Trails Day.

June 4-6, 2008
Natural Resources Law Center's Shifting Baselines & New Meridians — Water, Resources, Landscapes and the Transformation of the American West," at the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School.

May 21-24, 2008
Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development hosts the Responsible Energy Development Symposium, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

May 15: High Country News hosts a panel discussion: "CRASH! What happens when an energy boom collides with an amenity boom?" at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

April 25:'s "Designing the New West" conference scheduled in April in Bozeman, Mont. Read a preview.

February 25-27, 2008
The FireSafe Montana Conference: "Montana Communities and Wildfire," Bozeman. Read a preview.

February 11-15, 2008
Informational meetings in five Montana cities about the American Lung Association of the Northern Rockies' Reach the Summit fundraiser.

December 11-13, 2007
The second annual Idaho Environmental Summit offers 70 breakout sessions on a wide range of topics.

October 23-24, 2007: Western Governors Association's Deploying Near Zero Technologies for Coal: A Path Forward, Denver, Colo.  

October 11-12, 2007
Western Governors Association'sWorkshop on Transportation Fuels for the Future, Denver, Colo.

September 27-28, 2007
Western Governors Association's Increasing Renewable Energy in the Western Grid, Fort Collins, Colo.

September 27-29, 2007
“On Sacred Ground: Faith and the Environment," Lander, Wyo. Read a preview.

September 24-26, 2007
Rocky Mountain Energy Leadership: Strategies for a New Energy Future,” 31st annual public land law conference, University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Mont. Read a preview.

September 11-14, 2007
Yellowstone Greening Conference: Explores planning for sustainable use of resources in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont. Read a preview.

July 19-20, 2007
Walden University's 3rd Annual Conference: "Sustainability and Social Change: Uncommon Vision for the Common Good".  

July 13-15, 2007
Sopris Foundation's "New Practices for Growing Communities of the Intermountain West," Missoula, Mont. Read a preview.

June 17-21, 2007
13th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Park City, Utah.

June 7-10, 2007
Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s 24th Annual Meeting Coming Together: Communities, Conservation, and Change in Wyoming

June 6-8, 2007
Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy Conference, Boulder, Colo.

May 22-24, 2007
The 32nd annual Colorado Water Workshop: Equalization, Equity and Environment: Opportunities in the Colorado River Watershed, Western State University, Gunnison, Colo.

April 10-13, 2007
Strengthening the Circle, Bozeman, Montana

April 3-5, 2007
People and Land in a New Century: A Blueprint for Conservation That Works, Colorado State University.

March 7-9, 2007
16th Annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Conference.

February26-28, 2007
2007 Harvesting Energy Summit: Rural Prosperity through Renewable Energy, Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City.

February 1-2, 2007
Regional Collaboration: Learning to Think and Act Like a Region, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Univeristy of Calgary

January 19, 2007
15th Annual Family Foresters Workshop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

January 18-20, 2007
Quivira Coalition's 6th Annual Conference Fresh Eyes on the Land: Innovation and the Next Generation.

December 5-7, 2006
2006 Watershed Symposium: Charting our Course in a Changing West

November 28-29, 2006
Challenges Facing the U.S. Forest Service: A Critical Review, (PDF) Missoula, Mont. Read the preview by Jim Posewitz.

October 10, 2006
Beamed-in Bioneers: The 17th Bioneers conference will be broadcast to several western towns and includes local presenters; By Marita Prandoni, Communications Associate, Bioneers/CHI

September 21, 2006
Divining Colorado's Water: Colorado’s Future 2006 Conference: Taking the Plunge: Research as a Tool for Water Stakeholders, October 6, Copper Mountain Resort, By Bridget Julian, Colorado Institute of Public Policy

September 15, 2006
Presidential Issue: 2006 Symposium: A Discussion of the Western Presidential Primary Election, September 29, Salt Lake City, Utah,
By Jennifer Robinson, Center for Public Policy and Administration

September 7, 2006
Developing the Rockies: Real Estate and Development in the Northern Rockies. October 5-6, 2006, Missoula, Mont.
By Jonathan Weber,

September 7, 2006
Idaho Land-use Summit: Conference will explore ways to preserve Idaho's rural lifestyle, wildlife resources despite booming development
September 14-15, 2006, Nampa, Idaho By Gregg Servheen, Chairman, Idaho Land-Use Summit Steering Committee

August 30, 2006
Ecosystem Restoration: Efforts to repair years of mining damage in Montana's Clark Fork River Basin can provide a template for similar projects in other states. By Sarah Van de Wetering, Public Policy Research Institute, University of Montana in conjunction with the 30th annual Public Land Law Program at the University of Montana School of Law, September 25-27, 2006.

"I t appears that the Service is rewarding long-standing intransigence by the CSKT in reaching an agreement which would keep the Bison Range in the National Wildlife Refuge System, and in doing so will encourage other tribes to follow the same disengaging playbook."

A statement from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which opposes the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to transfer the National Bison Range in Montana to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

- Missoulian

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