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Our third State of the Rockies Conference, held April 10-13, 2006, released the 2006 State of the Rockies Report Card and celebrated many of the issues it covers with speakers and events. This year’s conference examined environmental justice, the effect habitat threat and fragmentation of land has on biodiversity, the political voice of the Rockies Region on a national level, changes to ranching in the Rockies, land conservation, and how effectively each county nurtures its youth.
One focus of the 2006 State of the Rockies Conference was the regional effects of future climate change. The climate change session included talks by Roger Pielke Sr., Colorado state climatologist and professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University; Roger Pielke Jr., former scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, professor of environmental studies and fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and Auden Schendler, director of environmental affairs for the Aspen Skiing Company.
The 2006 State of the Rockies Conference also updated the “Rockies Baseline” section, which illustrates the region’s essential demographics, including population and age, language, race and ethnicity, families, housing units, home values and costs, education attainment, income, poverty, income by type, employment by occupation, employment growth by occupation, employment by industry, and employment growth by industry. These baseline statistics track vital signs that depict a region in transition.
To find out more about the 2006 Conference, please follow the links below: