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Upcoming Events

Apr 26, 2018

Join us for this annual event featuring amazing speakers, drinks and hors d'oeuvres!

Oct 3, 2018

Join us for the ninth annual SCCA, which honors significant achievements in conservation across southern Colorado.

Women in Conservation

This annual event focuses on conservation in our region and the impact women are making protecting, preserving and fighting for our access to the great outdoors; safe, clean water; multi-generational family farms and more. 

Doors open at 5:00 PM with program starting at 5:30. This event is free to attend, but space is limited. 

Thanks to Gold Hill Mesa for hosting Women in Conservation! 

2018 Women in Conservation Speakers

Amy Beatie

Amy Beatie moved to Colorado immediately after college in 1993 and, with the exception of a detour to Alaska for a half-year and Wyoming for a year, has lived in Colorado ever since.  From November 2007 until December 2017, she served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust, whose mission is to provide water to Colorado’s rivers in need.  Prior to working at the Trust, Amy practiced water law at two Front Range water law firms, clerked for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court, and worked on water and oil and gas issues for a nonprofit in Wyoming.   Amy is currently an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives (District 4).

In 2013, Amy was elected as the first-ever Environmental Representative to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress. She is also on the Advisory Council of the One World One Water Center of Metro State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Denver Water Law Review, a law review that she helped launch when she was in law school.  

Amy has won several awards during her career, including, upon her graduation from law school in 2000, the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, and in 2013, Water Education Colorado’s Emerging Leader Award.  And just in September of last year, her organization won the Southern Colorado Conservation Award’s Innovation in Conservation Award.

She loves to ski, hike, raft, and fly fish.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  Her better two-thirds are her husband, Declan Galvin, and their amazing seven-year-old son, who is really, really into Harry Potter. Wingardium leviosa!

Amanda Hill

Prior to joining Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) in 2013, Amanda Hill worked as the Pikes Peak project specialist at Palmer Land Trust. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Colorado College, a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law. She is licensed to practice in Colorado and Montana. Amanda joined Colorado’s conservation community through the Colorado Conservation Trust Future Leaders Fellowship (now Colorado Open Lands).

Amanda was nominated to the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission in 2016. She has served as chair of that commission since 2017. In addition to acquisitions due diligence work and supporting GOCO’s open space grant programs, Amanda supported the legislative effort to reauthorize the Colorado Lottery division during the 2018 legislative session.  

Rebecca Jewett

Rebecca Jewett has led Palmer Land Trust as Executive Director since 2014. She leads a dedicated and passionate staff in the conservation of southern Colorado’s working farms and ranches, outdoor recreation, and iconic scenic landscapes.

With over a decade of experience in the outdoor and conservation fields, she has overseen the planning, management, and implementation of countless environmental restoration, stewardship, and conservation projects working with government agencies, stakeholders, and the public. Her project experience includes permanent and largescale land conservation, recreation management, post-fire burn restoration, watershed health, habitat recovery, environmental education, and public engagement.

Prior to joining Palmer Land Trust, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a land conservation and stewardship organization based in Colorado Springs. Rebecca received her Master of Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy (MRLS) from the University of Denver and a BA in Political Science from Colorado College. As a 5th generation Coloradan, Rebecca is deeply passionate about protecting Colorado’s magnificent landscape and natural heritage. Her soul lives in the alpine and she is working on summiting Colorado’s 100 highest summits.

Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

The Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA) honors the significant achievements of individuals and organizations that, through their conservation efforts, advance the wellbeing of southern Colorado’s communities, people, ecologies, and economies. The event focuses on conservation achievements in the broadest sense—knowing that successful conservation involves more than just resource protection; it involves a wide variety of champions across political, educational, business, research, and land management spectrums.

SCCA is a land conservation community recognition event. Community sponsorships help us cover the costs of producing this event. By making this a not-for-profit endeavor, we more effectively honor our winners and the many organizations and supporters that stand behind them. This, in turn, builds strength in the conservation community as a whole and greater political will for protecting the resources in Colorado that are important to all of us. We serve more than just a select group of conservation insiders, and, as our increasing attendance demonstrates, bring a greater understanding of conservation’s importance to a diverse audience. If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring this event, please contact Erica Oakley-Courage at [email protected]

Award winners are nominated by the community at large and selected by an independent Blue Ribbon Panel. The 2017 panel included: Pueblo County District Attorney, Jeff Chostner; Bee Vradenburg Foundation President, Phillip Kendall; Third Sector Group Principal, Kimberley Sherwood; retired Rocky Mountain PBS Station Manager, Wynona Sullivan; El Pomar President and Chief Investment Officer, Thayer Tutt; and retired attorney and former Palmer Trustee, Bruce Warren.