The 2nd annual Conversations about Conservation educational event will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Buell Mansion in Cherry Hills Village. We are pleased to welcome Former Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton as our guest speaker. She will discuss “Public Lands Transfers: Their History, Future, and Impact on the West.”
Gale Norton served as the 48th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2001 until 2006. The first woman to head the 153-year-old department, Norton made what she calls the Four C’s the cornerstone of her tenure: Consultation, Communication, and Cooperation, all in the service of Conservation. To implement the Four C’s approach, Norton reached out to states, tribes, local communities, businesses, conservation organizations, and private citizens in a variety of ways. Her initiatives included cost-share grants to empower states and local landowners to engage in conservation projects on public and private lands; improvement of forest management practices; and support for environmentally sensitive energy production on public lands, including renewable sources such as geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar. From 1991 to 1999, Norton served as Attorney General of Colorado. She is now president of Norton Regulatory Strategies, is a founder of the Conservation Leadership Council, and serves on the board of an electric transmission utility.