The symposium will begin at 8:30 am. Please arrive by 8:00 am to find a seat in the Theatre at the Center for the Arts.

Time About Location
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introductions

  • Peyton Curlee Griffin, Board President
  • Richard Wallace, Board Member and Educator-in-Residence
  • Ben Williamson, NRCC Executive Director
8:45-9:00 Do we need a Grand Strategy for the GYE?

  • Susan Clark, Co-Founder, Emeritus Board Member
9:00-10:00 Morning Keynote Address – Preserving nature in Greater Yellowstone: The enduring quest to Conserve an iconic landscape

  • Robert Keiter, Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, University of Utah
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15-11:10 Panel #1 – How can we overcome boundaries in the GYE?

  • Douglas W. Smith, former Senior Wildlife Biologist at Yellowstone National Park
  • Michael Whitfield, Research Associate, Teton County (ID) Commissioner and Founding President of Teton Regional Land Trust
  • Moderator: Ben Williamson
11:15-12:10 Panel #2: What would coexistence with large carnivores look like? 

  • Aaron Bott, Research Associate, PhD Candidate at Utah State University, Biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Matt Barnes, Research Associate, Owner of Shining Horizons Land Management
  • Chris Servheen, former Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Moderator: Susan Clark
12:10-12:55 Lunch
1:00-1:55 Panel #3: What does it mean to live responsibly in a landscape like the GYE?

  • Katie Christiansen, Artist-in-Residence, Editor and Illustrator of The Artist’s Field Guide to Yellowstone
  • Todd Wilkinson, Writer-in-Residence, Author of Ripple Effects: How To Save Yellowstone and America’s Most Iconic Wildlife Ecosystem
  • Moderator: Richard Wallace
Quick Talks (see below for information on the two concurrent sessions)
Moderators: Aida Farag USGS, NRCC Research Associate and Ben Williamson, NRCC Executive Director
Theatre/ CWC Classroom
4:15 – 4:45 Craighead Conservation Award, Raynes Citizen Conservation Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, & Human-Wildlife Photography Contest Presentations Theatre
5:00-7:00 Reception and Art Exhibits

One Nature Forest, Katie Shepherd Christiansen

Preview of 2024 Exhibit Wetlands and Amphibians of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Chuck Peterson

7:00-8:30 Evening Keynote Address – Effective Conservation in Times of Crisis: Lessons from Several Continents

  • Ignacio Jiménez, , International Conservationist at Nuestros Espacios Protegidos/ EUROPARC-Spain, and Author of Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development

Quick Talk Concurrent Sessions Information

Session 1: CWC Classroom Session 2: Center Theater
For Everything There Was a Season: Spring

Trevor Bloom

The Nature Conservancy (Partner: Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative)

The American West in the Age of Limits: Cross-sectoral Collaboration for Conservation Planning

Robert Frodeman, Evelyn Brister, Luther Propst

University of Turku, Finland, Rochester Inst. of Tech.,Teton Co. Commission

The Beetles Are Back: Redefining Return Intervals for Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemics in the GYE

Nancy Bockino, Erin Hooten, Erin Shanahan, Maria Newcomb, Jesse Logan (Sam Thackeray and Kristin Legg presenting)

Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, USFS, NPS (Partners Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, American Forests)

Wildlife for All Seeks Wildlife Management Reform in Wyoming

Kristin Combs, Kevin Bixby, Michelle Lute

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, JH Bear Solutions, Wildlife for All

Sagebrush and Whitebark Pine Habitat Restoration in Grand Teton National Park

Laura Jones

Grand Teton National Park

Sustaining Working and Connected Lands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Shaleas Harrison

Western Landowners Alliance

Wildlife Research from Carcass: The Afterlives of Animal Bodies

Kristin Hugo

Independent Science Journalist, MIT Press

Animal, Vegetable, AND Mineral; A Pathway to Systems Thinking For the GYE

Reade Dornan, Sandy Shuptrine (Reviewers and Collaborators: Margie Lynch, Victoria Parker, Jennifer Evans, Kenna Sarae) (Sandy Shuptrine presenting)

Jackson Hole Climate Action Collective

A New Research Program to Address Scientific Knowledge Gaps About Zoonotic Tick-borne diseases Affecting Humans and Animals in Wyoming

Mikenna Smith, Kelsey Mitchell

Teton County Weed & Pest District

The Mountain Neighbor Handbook

Liz Collins

Teton Conservation District (Partners Jackson Hole Land Trust, Teton County, Town of Jackson)

What We Learn from Raptor Rehabilitation

Meghan Warren

Teton Raptor Center

Teton County Human-Wildlife Coexistence Monitoring Report 2022-23

Kevin Krasnow, Grant Gallaher, Chelsea Carson

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, The Nature Conservancy

Novel Methods to Expand the Power of Camera Traps to Less Identifiable Species

Peter Alexander

Craighead Beringia South

Teton County Wildlife Crossings: Design Plans for Future Projects

Julia Kintsch, Chris Colligan, Mila Dunbar-Irwin

ECO-Resolutions, Teton County, Jorgenson Engineering, EcoConnect Consulting

Prioritizing Fish Passage Barriers on the North Zone of the Bridger Teton National Forest

Sawyer Finley

Trout Unlimited (Partners Bridger-Teton National Forest, Coombs Outdoors)

Teton County Wildlife Feeding and Bear Resistant Standards: An Update on Compliance

Chris Colligan, Tanya Anderson, Chris Neubecker, Kole Stewart

Teton County, Town of Jackson, Bear Wise Jackson Hole

From Science to Conservation Action: An Example Using Mule Deer

Justin Schwabedissen, Sarah Dewey, Rob Cavallaro, Josh Rydalch, Tamara Sperber

Grand Teton National Park (Partners Teton Regional Land Trust, Idaho Dept of Fish and Game)

Wolves, Rewilding, and Fear: Lessons from Evolutionary History for Coexisting with Predators Today 

Joanna E. Lambert

University of Colorado – Boulder

Using Science and Partnerships to Conserve Key Habitats and Ecological Functions in the Teton River Canyon System

Tamara Sperber, Rob Cavallaro

Teton Regional Land Trust, Idaho Dept of Fish and Game

Five-Toed Wolf: The Use of Artificial Intelligence for Wildlife Co-Existence

Jeff Reed

Wild Livelihoods, Reedfly Farm, Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group

Transformative Conservation and Collaboration: Teton Creek Corridor

Collaborative’s Approach to Environmental Impact in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Amy King

LegacyWorks Group (Partners Teton Regional Land Trust, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, Friends of the Teton River, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways)

Wetlands and Amphibians of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park

Charles Peterson (Andrew Ray & Ben LaFrance Presenting)

Idaho State University, Greater Yellowstone Network (NPS) Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Large Carnivore Fund’s Approach for Protecting Large Carnivore Species in Montana, Specifically Our Work With the State Wildlife Agency

Helena Edelson

Large Carnivore Fund