Presenting the Champion of the Land Award to the Gates Family Foundation
The Champion of the Land award was established to recognize influential individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership, foresight, and a strong land ethic, resulting in lasting impacts on our state. Our inaugural recipients, Dean Singleton and Dan Ritchie, laid
the foundation for a tradition that has continued with the honoring of Harris D. Sherman, Will Shafroth and Lise Aangeenbrug, and the National Western Stock Show.
We are thrilled to announce the recipient of our highest honor, the Gates Family Foundation.
As a visionary private conservation funder, the Gates Family Foundation has a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our community. Time and again, they have been willing to invest in ambitious solutions to complex problems. All of us in Colorado are extraordinarily lucky to count the Gates Family Foundation as a friend and ally for land conservation.
Keynote Speaker Dave Showalter
Conservation photographer and author Dave Showalter is based in Colorado and focused on the American West. His images and stories have been published in Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, Wilderness, Colorado Life, Crested Butte Magazine, and elsewhere. Dave has published two books – Sage Spirit, The American West at A Crossroads; and the award-winning Prairie Thunder. He has been the photographer at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for ten years, teaching photography to both adults and children.
“As a conservation photographer, I work to tell photographic stories and combine images with advocacy for conservation.” – Dave Showalter
About the Q
Q for Conservation is Colorado Open Lands’ premier annual celebration of those who care about land conservation in Colorado. The event features a private cocktail reception and dinner, program highlighting the work of Colorado Open Lands, and a special presentation by a distinguished and thought-provoking member of the conservation community. The audience we reach through event promotion is geographically diverse, representative of many key Colorado industries, and includes leading local and regional philanthropists. View photos from the 2017 event here.
About the Champion of the Land Award
The Champion of the Land award was established to recognize influential individuals who have demonstrated leadership, foresight, and a strong land ethic, resulting in lasting impacts on our state. Our 2014 inaugural recipients, Dean Singleton and Dan Ritchie, laid the foundation of a new tradition that continued in 2015 with Harris D. Sherman, and in 2016 with Will Shafroth and Lise Aangeenbrug.
For more information, please contact Brandy Bertram at 303.988.2373 or BBertram@ColoradoOpenLands.org
Photo above by Dave Showalter.