OUT: Workshop on climate change offers ‘common-sense’ solutions

Workshop on climate change offers 'common-sense’ solutions

A workshop focusing on the effects of global climate change and its consequences on sportsmen and wildlife will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction.

Titled “Wildlife at a Crossroads: Conserving Colorado’s Wildlife Heritage and Promoting a New Energy Future,” the workshop is presented by the Colorado Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.

The free workshop will “explore ways we can respond to climate change and how this is affecting what we all care about,” said Dave Dettloff of the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Center in Boulder.

The center is an arm of the National Wildlife Federation.

Dettloff, Suzanne O’Neill, executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, and Todd Malmsbury of Resource Media in Boulder will lead the workshop.

“The big picture aim is to galvanize sportsmen across the state into being advocates and a voice for wildlife, hunting and fishing and other wildlife-related activities,” Dettloff said.

Similar workshops are set for Denver (Thursday) and Alamosa (Oct. 25).

With the effects of climate change on wildlife and habitat already being felt across the West, Dettloff said workshop participants will gain a view into finding “common-sense solutions” benefitting wildlife as well as Colorado’s economy.

“The heart of the program will focus on energy development on the Western Slope and the impact it’s having on habitat, hunting and fishing and wildlife viewing activities,” Dettloff said.

Development is going to continue, he said, and the National and Colorado wildlife federations want to offer sportsmen ways to give voice to their concerns.

“Sportsmen always have been involved in wildlife issues, we want to offer ways to catalyze that involvement in more concrete activities,” Dettloff said.

Participants also will discuss strategies to improve conservation efforts and develop policies that improve wildlife’s future, enhance wildlife funding and reduce carbon emissions, according to a press release about the workshop.

“We’re going to talk about (energy) development, transportation and utilities in a way that we can be a voice for the wildlife and a common-sense perspective as well,” Dettloff said. “We want to take the radical middle ground of providing solutions that get us where we need to but in a way that improves our economy
and national security.”

Malmsbury will offer points on dealing with the media, writing letters to the editor and getting messages on local radio and TV stations, Dettloff said.

“We want sportsmen to take the message to their local rod-and-gun clubs, service and community organizations, even their church groups, wherever they can find an audience,” Dettloff said.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call Randy Johnson at 303-886-7363 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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