Estancias, cowboys and nomads – Our best hope for grassland wildlife

Chris Pague from The Nature ConservancyThis year’s Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Annual Meeting and Program will take place on Tuesday, February 5 at the Salida SteamPlant ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a light dinner and a silent auction and at 6:45 p.m., GARNA will re-cap its activities in 2012. This year’s program will be led by Chris Pague, Senior Conservation Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Grasslands of the world are the most impacted, most threatened, and least protected habitat type on Earth. They are also home to strange and beautiful wildlife, magnificent scenery, and the people who decide their future. Recent conservation efforts have helped but their future will depend on herders, cowboys, and farmers. Chris Pague will discuss the great grasslands of Patagonia, Mongolia, and the western Great Plains through pictures and stories. Chris will explain how conservationists discovered and are now employing incentives that spur conservation action by the very people who work the land to provide food for the world.

Chris Pague brings more than 35 years of experience in the study of ecology, natural history, conservation planning, and conservation biology to The Nature Conservancy of Colorado and grasslands of the world.  BS and MS degrees in Biology and Zoology and advanced training in ecosystem ecology and evolutionary biology combined with extensive field experience provide him with a strong background for conservation inventory and planning efforts.

For more information, please contact GARNA at 539-5106 or

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