RangeNet 2004

Envisioning Wild Landscapes: Momentum for Change

La Posada Hotel

Albuquerque, New Mexico



Thursday November 11, 2004

7:00 . 8:30PM


Conference Reception . Appetizers & Cash Bar



John Horning, Executive Director, Forest Guardians

Andy Kerr, Executive Director, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign



Ecological and economic dimensions of ranching in the Southwest

Billy Stern, Grazing Program Coordinator, Forest Guardians




Friday November 12, 2004

8:00 . 9:00AM        Conference registration, networking, coffee and Danish


9:00 . 9:15AM                                            Welcome by  

Jon Marvel, Executive Director, Western Watersheds Project


9:15 . 10:30AM                A View From the Past- Sam Hitt, moderator


!       Steve Johnson, formerly with Defenders of Wildlife

!       Jim Fish, formerly with Public Lands Action Network (PLAN)

!       Jane Baxter, Range Watch

!       Brett Matzke, Grazing Program Manager, CalTrout


10:30AM . 12:00PM              Winning the Ground Battles


!       Robert Wiygul, Attorney, Waltzer and Associates

!       Laird Lucas, Attorney, Advocates for the West

!       Jay Tutchton, Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

!       Amy Atwood, Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center



12:00 . 12:45PM                                Lunch Buffet - $7.50                               


12:45 . 1:15PM                                 Post-Lunch Presentation: 

Gunnison.s Prairie Dog - Con Slobodchikoff


1:15 . 2:10PM                         Tool Sharpening: Breakout Sessions  


Administrative/Legal . Suggested Topics:

!       Shotgun vs. narrow/selective approach  

!       New FS and BLM planning regulations


Political/Organizing . Suggested Topics:

!       Working toward a cow-free wilderness

!       Do we ally w/ranchers to fight other threats?


            New Science/ New Scientist/New Information .Suggested Topics:

!       Rodents & Carnivores  . The web from bottom to top

!       Fire & Cows . Clearing the misconceptions

!       Approaches to accessing the best available science


2:20 . 3:15PM                 Tool Sharpening: Breakout Sessions Repeated  



3:15 . 3:30PM                                                 Break



3:30 . 4:45PM       Inspiration During Dark Days- Justin Baca, moderator

Reasons for optimism and pessimism from activists throughout the region


!       Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project, Biodiversity Director

!       Lisa Force, Grand Canyon Trust

!       Daniel Patterson, Center For Biological Diversity

!       Billy Stern, Forest Guardians

!       Jonathan Ratner, Western Watersheds Project



4:45 . 6:00PM                          Reception - Appetizers & Cash Bar



6:00 . 6:15PM        3rd Annual Edward Abbey Memorial Hooved Locust Award

Presented by Jon Marvel



6:15 . 7:30PM                                KEYNOTE ADDRESS by

U.S. Representative Raśl Grijalva (D-AZ-7th)


Saturday November 13, 2004


8:15. . 9:00AM       Conference registration, networking, coffee and Danish


9:00 . 10:25AM     Western Landscapes Endangered by Livestock Production    

                                                      Beth Painter, moderator


       Streams and Wetlands, Dr. Bob Ohmart, Arizona State University

       Water Rights and Livestock Production, Chuck Wanner, Dolores River Coalition

       The Sagebrush Sea, Debra Donahue, University of Wyoming

       Western Forests, Peter Stacey, University of New Mexico


10:25 . 10:35AM                                            Break


10:35AM . 12:00PM                   An End of the Grazing Debate?


      An End of the Grazing Debate, Courtney White, Executive Director, The Quivira Coalition

      The Grazing Debate Continues, George Wuerthner, writer, photographer, ecologist, activist


12:00 . 12:45PM                                 Lunch Buffet œ$7.50                                


12:45 . 1:15PM                                Post-Lunch Presentation:

Buffalo Commons- Deborah Popper


1:15 . 2:30PM            The Golden Saddle: Federal Grazing Permit Buyout  


!       John Whitney, Circle Bar Ranch, Tonto National Forest  

!       Rachel Kondor, Legislative Aide, Congressman Raśl Grijalva, (D-AZ)

!       Caren Cowan, New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association

!       Andy Kerr, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign


2:30 . 4:00PM           Envisioning Wild Landscapes: Momentum for Change  


!       .Restoring the Sagebrush Sea,. Bill Marlett, Oregon Natural Desert Association  

!       .Hells Canyon by Another Name,. Brett Brownscomb, Hells Canyon Preservation Council

!       .Healing the Gila,. John Horning, Executive Director, Forest Guardians

!       .Greenfire Preserve,. Katie Fite and Jon Marvel, Western Watersheds Project

4:00 . 7:00PM                       Networking and Dinner on your own



7:00 PM                                     Killing Coyote and Varmints

Documentary Films by Doug Hawes-Davis, $5-10 donation

Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque (505) 268-9557