Jack Frost Celebration & Honoring of 15 years
Dec
14
4:30 PM16:30

Jack Frost Celebration & Honoring of 15 years

Join us! 

You’re invited—and bring a friend! Join us to celebrate 15 years of research and education in the San Juan Mountains.

Together, let's:

  • thank partners and supporters
  • celebrate science, learning, and 2017 accomplishments 
  • launch the next 15 years together

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 2016 4:30-6:30pm
At "R Space" - 734 E. 2nd Ave
*libations and light appetizers will be served

RSVP by December 12 TO DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN A PRIZE
FOR INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, click the RSVP Button below

Photo, ALEXPULLEN.com 

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Sharing Stories Across the Watershed
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Sharing Stories Across the Watershed

Three Diné speakers will share their perspectives about the importance of the Animas-San Juan river system to Navajo health, farming, and cultural practices.  Dr. Karletta Chief (Univ of AZ) will speak about the collaborative research partnership to monitor the San Juan River.  Duane “Chili” Yazzie (President, Shiprock Chapter) will describe the importance of subsistence farming to Diné communities. Janene Yazzie (Tó Bei Nihi Dziil organizer) will discuss efforts to organize tribal youth and community members around issues of water sovereignty.

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Bioclimate Mapping Workshop
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Bioclimate Mapping Workshop

Where:  Durango Rec. Center, Durango, CO 81301

Join us for presentations on Bioclimate models and change projections to inform forest adaptation in Southwestern Colorado.  Forest adaptation strategies can help reduce anticipated impacts of climate change and increase the likelihood of maintaining forest cover into the future.  Bioclimate models provide spatially explicit projections of impacts to tree species that can be used to guide adaptation at landscape and project scales. 

For more information, visit http://www.mountainstudies.org/bioclimate

Contact Priscilla@mountainstudies.org or 970-387-5161 with questions

 Please register at Bioclimate Workshop

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Connecting for Conservation: mini-workshop
Nov
1
9:00 AM09:00

Connecting for Conservation: mini-workshop

Join us November 1 for a mini-workshop that builds upon the success of the original C4C to offer opportunities for the growth and improvement of existing partnerships, and encourage a broader dialogue about the greatest potential and impact of collaborative conservation efforts. This mini-workshop will lay the groundwork for a larger, more in-depth workshop next spring (2018). 

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Climate Change in the Upper Dolores - Trout or Drought
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Climate Change in the Upper Dolores - Trout or Drought

Where: Room 130 in Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College, Durango CO

Join Trout Unlimited and Mountain Studies Institue for a presentation and conversation about potential climate change impacts on trout habitat and populations in the Dolores River. Partners from both organizations will present findings from a recent coldwater-fisheries adaptive management framework and answer questions from stakeholders.

Contact page@mountainstudies.org with questions. 

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Discovery Center Open House
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Discovery Center Open House

Mountain Studies Institute invites the community to an open house celebrating the new Mountain Discovery Center! This family friendly event will feature fun activities, light refreshments, and the opportunity to check out the Discovery Center’s exhibits. MSI staff will be on hand to answer questions about the hydrology and natural history of the San Juan Mountains. Tuesday, July 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Mountain Discovery Center, 114 East 12th Street. Learn more about the Mountain Discovery Center here.

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Forests to Faucets Teacher Workshop: My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains
Jun
27
to Jun 28

Forests to Faucets Teacher Workshop: My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains

  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A two-day workshop for teachers who want to learn watershed science and the model lessons using the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains teacher guide, children's book, and kit. Learn more at our webpage.

Contact amanda@mountainstudies.org with questions. Hope to see you there!

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San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference in Ouray, CO
May
23
to May 24

San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference in Ouray, CO

This year's San Juan Mining Conference will take place in Ouray, CO on May 25th - May 26th. The theme will be address Measuring Success, Innovation, and the Future.  The conference is currently soliciting abstracts for presentations, posters, & roundtable discussions; Deadline is March 15th. More information:  www.mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

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Wildfire Movie Night
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Wildfire Movie Night

Wildfire Season is here. Is Pagosa Springs prepared? Join representatives of the Colorado State Forest Service, FireWise of Southwest Colorado, San Juan Headwaters Forest Health partnership, and the United States Forest Service at the Liberty Movie Theatre in Pagosa Springs for a Movie Night and panel discussion all about wildfire.

This evening will include short films from across the country, conversation, and door prizes. Come learn, have fun, and discuss how we can make Pagosa Springs more prepared. The evening is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm as part of Wildfire Awareness Week.

 

 

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Mountain Studies Mixer-Meet the Silverton Staff!
Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

Mountain Studies Mixer-Meet the Silverton Staff!

Join Mountain Studies Institute for a fun and informal mixer at the home of board member Judith Graham. This will be a great opportunity to learn about upcoming MSI initiatives and get to know the three talented staff members that are based out of our Silverton office: Anthony Culpepper, Jeremy May and Lisa Branner. Thursday April 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 1045 Snowden Street in Silverton. Light refreshments will be served. 

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Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Adaptation Strategies
Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Adaptation Strategies

FREE WEBINAR!  

Part of the Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes series.

Follow the link to learn how to participate in the webinar.

Presented by Marcie Bidwell (Mountain Studies Institute) and Betsy Neely (The Nature Conservancy) More description to follow

Please join us next week for the fifth webinar in The Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes Webinar Series. This series explores activities and tools that facilitate effective adaptation and build social-ecological resilience in the context of changing landscapes. For additional information, visit the series website  or contact Laurie Yung at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. The full webinar series schedule is also attached.  

Next week’s webinar (Wednesday, March 22nd,  Noon-1:00 PM(MST)) will focus on Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Adaptation Strategies.  Adapting to a changing world is a complex social-ecological problem that no single organization, agency or individual can solve in isolation. This webinar will focus on techniques for engaging stakeholders in adaptation planning. Drawing on work in Southwest Colorado, the webinar will describe processes that bring scientists, land managers, and stakeholders together to identify strategies to reduce the negative impacts of climate change.  This webinar will be presented by Marcie Bidwell (Mountain Studies Institute) and Betsy Neely (The Nature Conservancy).   

This webinar series is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, North Central Climate Science Center, University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, United States Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado, and NOAA.   

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ARC Forum
Mar
20
2:30 PM14:30

ARC Forum

Presentation Topic: Rory Cowie, MSI's Water Resource Program Director will speak on Surface and Groundwater Interactions in mining impacted mountain watersheds

This presentation is part of the Animas River Community Forum meeting series, which is free and open to the public. Dr. Cowie will speak on Surface and Groundwater interactions and how the mines are impacting water quality in the Animas River. He will share insights from three different mine investigations to illustrate modern methods to explore hydrologic connections in the San Juan Mountain mining districts. Dr. Cowie is a hydrologist and program director for water research at MSI and is currently contracted by the EPA to conduct hydrologic investigations in the Bonita Peak Mining District.

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Community Driven Forest Restoration for Warm-Dry Mixed Conifer Forests in the San Juan Mountains
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Community Driven Forest Restoration for Warm-Dry Mixed Conifer Forests in the San Juan Mountains

  • Fort Lewis College, Center for Southwest Studies (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ecologist Anthony Culpepper will present "The Natural History and Stakeholder-Driven Approach to Forest Health of Warm-dry Mixed Conifer Forests of the San Juans."  Anthony will discuss the forest health issues currently facing these forest types; changes in fire ecology; insect outbreaks; possible community changes due to climate change; and increased human interface.  He will then use the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (SJHFHP) as a case study of a stakeholder group focusing on the restoration and management of warm-dry mixed conifer forests near Pagosa Springs.  He will conclude with an overview of monitoring activity and subsequent findings conducted by the Mountain Studies Institute to assess the effectiveness of stakeholder-driven management activities.

Location: Fort Lewis College, Center for Southwest Studies, Lyceum

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WEBINAR SERIES: Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes
Mar
8
to Apr 5

WEBINAR SERIES: Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes

Join us during Spring 2017 to explore activities and tools that facilitate effective adaptation and build social-ecological resilience in the context of changing landscapes. For additional information, visit the series website or contact Laurie Yung (laurie.yung@umontana.edu) at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation . All webinars are Wednesdays Noon-1:00 pm (Mountain Time) and are completely FREE and open to the public!

Log-in to the webinar through AdobeConnect at https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/sac. You will be prompted to download a plug-in the first time you access AdobeConnect. There is no password for the webinar meeting room. Audio for the webinar is available through the conference line 1-888-844-9904, passcode 2453228#.

This webinar series is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, North Central Climate Science Center, University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, United States Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado, and NOAA.


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