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Gila Wild and Scenic: Rivers of Opportunity Conference

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Gardens at Western New Mexico University

1000 W College Ave

Silver City, NM 88062

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A conference to celebrate the Wild Gila River and call for federal legislation to permanently protect the river as Wild and Scenic.

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****Please Note: Out of caution during the pandemic, this conference will now be held outside at the Gardens at Western New Mexico University next to Light Hall Theater.****

**Scholarships available for those who are unable to pay the registration fee. Please contact nathan@nmwild.org to learn more.**

Friday, October 8

8:00 AM

Gather at the Gardens at Western New Mexico University next to Light Hall Theater to check in.

9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 AM

Panel - Our Gila Wild and Scenic Rivers

Abstract: Why are we here? Community efforts, coupled with an overview of the legislation and the river's outstandingly remarkable values, with a focus on select river segments and a discussion centered around the work that our community has worked on collectively, in addition to the rivers themselves.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: David Moryc, Wild and Scenic Rivers and Public Lands Policy, American Rivers; Nathan Newcomer, Gila Grassroots Organizer, New Mexico Wild; Ray Trejo, New Mexico Wildlife Federation.

10:45 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Panel - Economics of Gila Wild and Scenic Rivers Opportunities

Abstract: A focus on the Southwick Associates Report, and opportunities for broader outdoor recreation in the region, but also linking together the Office of Outdoor Recreation, state investment and how to harness these opportunities moving forward once the legislation is passed.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Thomas Allen, Co-Author “Economic Significance of Outdoor Recreation in the Gila and San Francisco River Watersheds,” Southwick Associates (Retired); Alicia Edwards, Grant County Commissioner, District 3; Dr. Kathy Whiteman, Professor of Outdoor Program, Western New Mexico University; Axie Navas, Director, New Mexico Office of Outdoor Recreation.

12:15 PM

Lunch provided by The Duckstop Mobile Kitchen.

1:45 PM

Panel - Cultural Heritage & Importance of the Gila Watershed

Abstract: Tracing the paths of the distinct cultures that once thrived in the Gila region, their legacies, and connections to our present-day communities and values.

Moderator: Simon Sotelo III, Community Organizer, New Mexico Wild

Panelists: Cynthia Ann Bettison, Silver City Town Councilor District 1 & WNMU Museum Director; Teresa Martinez, Executive Director, Continental Divide Trail Coalition; Brent Buckner, Tribal Cultural Coordinator, Fort Sill Apache; Michael Darrow, Tribal Historian, Fort Sill Apache.

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

Panel – Our Community & Connection to Our Rivers

Abstract: Discovering community leaders' personal connections to our wild rivers and why this legislation is important to ensuring that future generations will be afforded the same opportunities and experiences, while also diving deeper into how we can harness protection of our wild rivers for socio-economic development and resiliency.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Howie Morales, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor; Stephanie Garcia Richard, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands; Guadalupe Cano, Silver City Town Councilor, District 4; Chon Fierro, Mayor of Bayard. Others to be announced.

4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

6:00 PM

Celebration at Main Street Plaza with elected officials and the public. Free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Distinguished guests to be announced.

Saturday, October 9

8:30 AM

Gather at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center for field trips.

Sack lunches will be provided by Corner Kitchen.

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Assorted Field Trips - Hiking, Fishing, Kayaking (water dependent), Birding, Geology, Cultural, etc. The field trips will be available to all conference attendees at no cost.

6:00 PM

Outdoor Celebration in San Vicente Creek Open Space. A free meal will be catered. Distinguished guests to be announced.

7:30 PM

Closing Remarks


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Date and time

Location

Gardens at Western New Mexico University

1000 W College Ave

Silver City, NM 88062

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Refund policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organizer New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. Founded in 1997, we achieve our mission through administrative protection, federal wilderness designation, and ongoing stewardship. We have a membership of individuals from all corners of New Mexico and across the nation. Our organizing efforts span the state and involve many diverse groups, including ranchers, sportsmen, land grants, acequia communities, tribal and religious leaders, scientists, youth, and community leaders. We are the only statewide wilderness group in New Mexico with a proven track record of building diverse coalitions to protect our public lands.

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