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Saturday 'March for Science' coincides with Earth Day

Apr 20, 2017 - From staff reports

Nature Conservancy staff members will share information about working collaboratively with Wyoming ranchers, elected officials, government agencies and others.

The Nature Conservancy is engaging in the March for Science on Saturday in Lander.

The Earth Day celebration also includes a community gathering 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Lander's Centennial Park at the corner of South Second and Main streets.

Nature Conservancy staff members will share with the public information about many of the projects and initiatives the organization has accomplished in Wyoming working collaboratively with ranchers, elected officials, local, state and federal agencies, and friends of conservation.

Conservation scientist Holly Copeland will be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. to share some of her work on mule deer migration corridors and greater sage grouse.

"We have incredibly dedicated and hard-working biologists working in our state to understand the needs of nature," Copeland said.

"It's truly a win-win for nature and people in Wyoming. Our collaborative work with university and other scientists provides critical data for decision-making to help ensure we protect both our environment and our state's economy."

There are 600 scientists who work with The Nature Conservancy, identifying and seeking solutions to global challenges. In Wyoming, that means looking for ways to protect the supply of clean, cold water, conserving open spaces and helping to protect wildlife.

"Science is central to how we fulfill our conservation work in our organization and is key to our ability to achieve the tangible and lasting results that we are known for," said Milward Simpson, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming.

"As we continue to learn about how incredibly complex the world's conservation problems are, science will only become more important and it's crucial that we give science the value and the place in our lives that it needs to have so it can continue to serve all of us and help us continue to advance and develop and make the world a better place."

There will be at least five other science marches Saturday in Cody, Jackson, Laramie, Pinedale and at Old Faithful. For details on these and other marches around the world, check out MarchForScience.com

In addition to co-sponsoring events in Washington, D.C., The Nature Conservancy is part of the March for Science Collective, a group of science-based organizations that is supporting more than 400 "satellite" marches across globe.

To learn more, visit www.nature.org.
 

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