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First lecture to examine the role of hunting as means of wildlife management

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sept. 1, 2008 – Kent Ingram, former president and current board member of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, and Dave Crawford, former executive director of the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, present “Hunting: Blood Sport or Wildlife Management Tool?” as the first event in the State of the Rockies Project 2008-2009 Wild Rockies Speaker Series at Colorado College.

“Hunting: Blood Sport or Wildlife Management Tool?”takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 in the Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. on the Colorado College campus. The event, sponsored by the State of the Rockies Project, is free and open to the public.

The third annual State of the Rockies Project Fall-Winter Speaker Series brings luminaries from throughout the region to the Colorado College campus to discuss challenges faced in managing rivers and wildlife. Each month, from September through February, provocative speakers will share their perspectives on some of the most contentious topics in the Rockies today.

Ingram, who grew up with a fly rod and a shotgun, is passionate about wildlife. He is the former president and a current board member of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, a member of Front Range Shooting Partners and the co-chair of the Sportsmen Advisory Group. He was honored with the William Funk Award for Building Community from the Colorado Non-Profit Association in 1993.

In addition to his wildlife work, Ingram has 30 years of commercial banking experience, as well as extensive experience working with the finances of non-profits. He was raised in Denver and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration from Western State College.

Crawford was awarded Activist of the Year in 2002 by the Colorado Daily newspaper for his extensive work to protect animals and educate the public about animal issues in the Rockies. Crawford is the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense and has served on the board since its inception. He also served as executive director for the organization from 1994 to 2007.

In 1993, Crawford shot the country’s first video inside an intensive egg-processing facility, and in 2001 he played a major role in forming the Prairie Dog Coalition. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication and computer science from the University of Iowa.

Additional upcoming lectures include:

Monday, Oct. 6, 2008
“Can We Save Colorado’s Rivers? The Future of the Cache la Poudre of Northern Colorado,” featuring Dr. Gary Wockner, Save the Poudre Coalition, and Brian Werner, public information officer, Colorado Water Conservancy District.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
“Wolves on the Range: Threat to Ranching or Essential Wildlife Management Force?” featuring Jon and Deb Robinett, ranch managers of the Diamond G Ranch in Dubois, Wyo.

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
“Colorado’s Roan Plateau: Can We Balance Energy and Wildlife?” featuring Harris Sherman, executive director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Sally Wisely, Colorado state director, Bureau of Land Management.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
“Bison in Yellowstone: Pests or Natural Icons?” featuring Amy McNamara, national parks program director, Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

All events are free and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. on the Colorado College campus.

The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project has been a thoughtful, objective voice on regional issues facing the Rocky Mountain West since its inception in 2003. Each year, the project provides an annual State of the Rockies Report Card, a Companion State of the Rockies Symposium and opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research partnerships. Taken together, these three arms of the State of the Rockies Project offer the tools, forum and accessibility needed for Colorado College to foster a strong sense of citizenship for graduates and the broader regional community.

The 2009 State of the Rockies Symposium will take place at Colorado College over three days in April. The symposium is entitled “Visions of the Rockies in 50 Years: Will Our Children Thank Us?” and will feature speakers representing diverse interests in the Rockies. Speakers will share their vision for the unique and delicate region, and will explain what their organizations are doing to shape its future. Topics include:

  • A Future Rockies for Recreation: A Business Vision of the Rockies in 50 Years and its Impact on Recreation and the Environment
  • A Future Rockies through Compromise and Consensus: A “Radical Center” Nongovernmental Example of How to Foster Wildlife
  • A Future Rockies Filled with People: A Demographic Look at Megapolitan and Rural Service Cluster in the Rockies
  • A Future Wild and Natural Rockies Spine: An Ecosystem View of Nature Functioning in an Urbanized Rockies

For information, directions or disability accommodation, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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