Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY-Outdoor Stewardship Day at Capitol Thursday

Coalition of Organizations to Host
Outdoor Stewardship Day at State Capitol
Governor to Issue Proclamation; Coalition to Release Impact Report
DENVER, Colo., April 21, 2011 – Volunteers play a critical role in caring for Colorado’s public lands.  As those lands face increasing pressure from budget cuts, a growing population, and a changing climate, the need and opportunity for citizen involvement continues to grow. 
To educate the public on State stewardship needs, volunteer impact, current efforts, and ways to get involved, a coalition of Colorado’s leading outdoor stewardship organizations is hosting an Outdoor Stewardship Day at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 21, 2011.  The day will include breakfast, an educational panel of speakers, a session on working with legislators, and a press conference with Governor John Hickenlooper.  Additionally, a resolution proclaiming it Outdoor Stewardship Day will be on the floor of the Senate and House. 
WHO:             Press Conference: (noon)
Governor Hickenlooper
Sue Anderson, Director of Programs, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Bryan Martin, Director of Conservation, Colorado Mountain Club
Panel Speakers: (8:30 – 10:00am)
Moderator:  Tim Wohlgenant, Executive Director, Trust for Public Lands and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Board member
Steve Sherwood, Regional Director for Recreation, Wilderness and Heritage Resources, US    Forest Service
Helen Hankins, Colorado State Director, Bureau of Land Management
Kim Burgess, COO, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Tom Hoby, Director, Jefferson County Open Space
Doug Young, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper
Rep. Matt Jones, Legislator and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado crew leader
Senator Gail Schwartz, Legislator
How to Work with Government Session for Constituents (10:00 – 10:30)
Craig Mackey, Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association
WHAT:           OUTDOOR STEWARDSHIP DAY – educational program for media and the public to hear from several representatives from State agencies.   
Free light breakfast (RSVP) 7:30-8:30am
Educational panel 8:30-10am
How to talk to legislators 10-10:30am
PRESS CONFERENCE – At noon, Governor Hickenlooper will speak on the importance of outdoor volunteers to our State and will deliver a proclamation.  The press conference will announce for the first time to the public several key results from a collective impact study commissioned by the coalition.
WHERE:          State Capitol
                          Outdoor Stewardship Day events in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor
                          Press Conference in the West Foyer (off the Rotunda)
WHEN:           Thursday, April 21
Outdoor Stewardship Day event: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Press conference with Governor Hickenlooper: 12 noon
CONTACT:     Sue Anderson, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 303-818-7264 (cell), or

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