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Beyond Conflict:

Nov 08 - Nov 10 2021

Beyond Conflict: Sustaining Economic Viability in the Working Wild

November 8-10, 2021

11am - 5pm Mountain Time

Join us virtually for three engaging days with land stewards seeking solutions around large carnivore conflict reduction with partners from the Conflict on Working Lands Conservation Innovation Grant and Conflict Reduction Consortium.

View and download the event flyer here.

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Beyond Conflict is a three-day virtual gathering that offers a transformative vision grounded in the experience of land stewards who are managing resources in working wild landscapes.

  • Sessions will provide a solutions framework for wildlife-livestock conflicts we call the 4Cs - compensation, conflict prevention, control (lethal) and collaboration - focused on the ecological and economic viability of working lands. This framework recognizes that the broader American public values the presence of diverse wildlife across the West, including large carnivores, and looks for shared solutions across rural and urban communities guided by those closest to the land.

  • Participants from two overlapping collaborative efforts, the Conflict Reduction Consortium (CRC) and the Conflict on Working Lands Conservation Innovation Grant (CoW-CIG) team, will together set a path for reducing wildlife conflicts by managing risk to livestock on working lands.

  • Conservation of large carnivores is resulting in expanding populations accompanied by increasing depredations. Comprehensive strategies guided by science and practice are needed to support livestock producers in reducing these conflicts. In joining this transformative gathering, you will gain a west-wide understanding of the current situation of wildlife-livestock conflict on working lands and help build solutions to keep the West working and wild! 

EVENT AGENDA

Day 1: Conflict on Working Lands (CoW) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Work Day

November 8 | 11am - 5pm

Participants: CoW-CIG partners and Conflict Reduction Consortium participants. 

 

  • Welcome and agenda overview - Alex Few, WLA Working Wild Challenge Coordinator
  • Opening Remarks - Tom Watson, NRCS Montana, State Conservationist 
  • Intro to CoW CIG - Gary Burnett, HOTR Executive Director  & Denny Iverson, Iverson Family Ranch, Potomac, MT
  • Jim Stone - Rolling Stone Ranch, Ovando MT
  • Seth Wilson - Blackfoot Challenge, Executive Director
  • Eric Graham - Blackfoot Challenge, Wildlife Coordinator
  • Josh Schrecengost - NRCS Montana, District Conservationist, Deer Lodge
  • Jerry Shows - Assistant State Conservationist - Programs, NRCS Montana
  • Thad Heater, NRCS Technical Contact 
  • Bre Owens, Western Landowners Alliance Stewardship Coordinator
  • Julie Young, USDA-Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center
  • Linda Owens - Madison Valley Ranchlands Group, Ennis, MT
  • Stewart Breck, USDA-Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center
  • Matt Hyde, Colorado State University
  • Josh Schrecengost - NRCS Montana, District Conservationist, Deer Lodge

Lounge open

  • Jay Shepherd - Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative
  • Wyatt Hanson - Willow Creek Ranch, Susanville, CA
  • Rae Nickerson, Utah State University
  • Kyle Tackett - NRCS Montana, Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
  • Jim Stone - Rolling Stone Ranch, Ovando, MT 
  • Matt Hyde - Colorado State University
  • Josh Schrecengost - NRCS Montana, District Conservationist, Deer Lodge

Four separate rooms on:

  • Range Riding
  • Carcass Management
  • Resource Concerns
  • Technological Solutions to Conflict Reduction: Real Time Remote Detection of Wildlife

Platform closes at 5:30

Day 2: Integrated Approaches for Success in Comprehensive Conflict Reduction: the 4Cs

November 9 | 11am - 5pm

Participants: Land steward guests of WLA, HOTR and CRC members along with CoW-CIG partners, Conflict Reduction Consortium participants, and USDA guests.

Jared Talley, Environmental Philosopher and Interdisciplinary Scholar, Boise State and ID Office of Species Conservation

  • James Rogers, Winecup Gamble Ranch
  • Liz Munn, Sagebrush Ecosystem Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Lounge open

  • Albert Sommers, Sommers Ranch, Upper Green River Cattlemen’s Association, WY 
  • Cat Urbigkit, author and rancher, Sublette County, WY 
  • Jim Hagenbarth, rancher, Dillon, MT 
  • Lenny Klinglesmith, LK Ranch, Northwestern CO

Bre Owens kicks off Happy Hour!

Four separate happy hour rooms on:

  • Q&A with Dave Naugle
  • Conflict Reduction on Federal Grazing Allotments
  • Technological Solutions to Conflict Reduction I: Real Time Remote Detection of Wildlife
  • Technological Solutions to Conflict Reduction II: Responses to Predator Presence

Day 3: USDA Listening Session and Conflict Reduction Consortium Work Day

November 10 | 11am - 5pm

Participants: CoW-CIG partners, Conflict Reduction Consortium participants, and USDA guests.

  • Robert Bonnie, USDA Undersecretary Nominee for Farm and Conservation Programs
  • Janet Bucknall, Deputy Administrator, USDA-Wildlife Services
  • Arthur Middleton, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley Interconnecting voices on the 4Cs
  • A Landowner Voice
  • Compensation
  • Conflict Prevention
  • (Lethal) Control
  • Collaboration

Breakouts continue

The ACE ACT - Zach Bodhane, WLA Policy Director

  • Matt Collins WLA Working Wild Challenge Program
  • Alex Few, WLA Working Wild Challenge Program

Facilitation Team

Alex Few

Alex Few

WLA Working Wild Challenge Coordinator
Matt Collins

Matthew Collins

WLA Working WIld Challenge Associate
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Bre Owens

WLA Stewardship Coordinator
Emily Harkness

Emily Harkness

HOTR Coordinator
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Hallie Mahowald

WLA Stewardship Director
Zach Bodhane

Zachary Bodhane

WLA Policy Director

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