2013 Grassroots Advocacy Conference
Friday, March 8, 2013 1:00 - 5:30 PM (MT)
12:00 PM - Registration and conference location; Salt Lake City Downtown Library
6:30 - 9:00 PM - Reception & Keynote; Squatters Pub, 147 W Broadway, SLC, UT 84101
Saturday, March 9, 2013 9:00 - 5:30 PM (MT)
9:00 - 5:30 PM - Conference Salt Lake City Downtown Library
Sunday, March 10, 2013
8:00 AM - Optional backcountry outing in the Wasatch.
The Salt Lake City Downtown Library 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Lodging - We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn from March 7th - 10th. Group Code: WINWIL
The Fifth Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference will be a great opportunity for individuals and grassroots groups involved in human-powered winter recreation to gather to hear the latest on policy issues, network, share successes and meet with land managers.
Grassroots Advocacy Conference Agenda
Friday, March 8th __________________________________________________________________
Noon – 1 PM Registration - Salt Lake City Downtown Library - 4th Floor
1:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Mark Menlove, Executive Director – Winter Wildlands Alliance
1:30 Public Involvement in Recreation and Resource Management
Professor Michele Straube, U of Utah Law Clinic - Collaboration 101
Liz Close, Director of Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources, USFS Intermountain Region - Effectively Engaging as a Recreation Advocate
2:30 Taking the Long View – a Decade of Advocacy on Yellowstone Winter Use
Jon Catton – Conservationist
3:45 Reports from the Field
Chad Grossenburg, Wilderness Manager, Caribou-Targhee National Forest – Winter Wilderness Stewardship Project
Jay Pistono, Friends of Pathways - Teton Pass Ambassador Program
4:30 Stop SkiLink Now: Creating an Effective Grassroots Campaign
Stop SkiLink Now organizing team
5:30 Adjourn Day 1
6:30 – 9:00 PM Opening Reception & Keynote
Andrew McLean - Ski Mountaineer and Author - On Becoming a ‘Reluctant Activist’
Squatters Pub - 147 W Broadway, SLC, UT 84101 - food and drink included
Saturday, March 9th _____________________________________________________________
9:00 AM Coffee & Snacks - Salt Lake City Downtown Library - 4th Floor
9:15 Opening Comments
Winter Wildlands Alliance staff – Updates on our ongoing program work: National OSV regulations, SnowSchool, policy initiatives
9:30 Fundraising for your Grassroots Work
Adam Chamberlain, VP of Marketing, Black Diamond – corporate partner perspective
Shelley Pursell, WWA - WWA's Backcountry Film Festival as a fundraising tool
10:30 Collaboration Under the New Forest Service Planning Rule
Adam Cramer, Policy Architect, Outdoor Alliance
USFS land manager TBD
11:15 Winter Recreation Management & Ski Areas
John Sale, Director of Planning and Sustainability at Crested Butte Mountain Resort – uphill travel policy, public involvement and incorporating backcountry skiing in their master plan
Loren Kroenke, National Winter Sports Program Manager, USFS – trends in ski area use relevant to human-powered recreation: uphill travel, backcountry access and ski area expansion
12:15 LUNCH (on site, included with registration)
1:15 Economic Trends and Data as an Advocacy Tool
David Weinstein, Outreach and Advocacy Manager, Outdoor Industry Association - The Outdoor Recreation Economy
Mark Newcomb, consultant for WWA - Teton Region backcountry skiing economic study, 2012-2013
2:00 Engaging your Grassroots membership
Shan Sethna, Friends of Berthoud Pass, Colorado
Gus Bekker, El Sendero, Washington
3:00 Outdoor Alliance: Uniting the Human-Powered Outdoor Recreation Community
Tom Flynn, Grasstops Fellow & Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance (OA) – OA Grasstops initiative
3:45 Small Group Discussion:
What emerging trends or issues are you facing? What solutions and management direction do we have to address these?
Dialog with land managers: How can local advocates be an asset to you? How do we ensure our perspectives are recognized?
What tools or resources are needed to advance the management of human-powered snowsports?
4:30 Roundtable: What’s next for winter recreation on public lands?
Discussion moderated by Mark Menlove
Sunday, March 10th _________________________________________________________________________
8:00 - 1:00 PM Half day backcountry ski outing in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Meet at the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park & Ride, North East corner of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road & Wasatch Boulevard (immediately on the left as you start up the canyon).
From here, we will head up to a trailhead to be announced at the conference, based on conditions. We may split into several smaller groups to accomodate people's goals and timetable for the day.
To discuss the conference, registration or any of our policy initiatives, please contact WWA's Policy Director, Cailin O'Brien-Feeney at 208-336-4203, x4