On Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Tamaya River Pavilion on the Santa Ana Pueblo we’ll be gathering with friends near and far to celebrate 15 successful years of land conservation in New Mexico at our annual event: Corazón de la Tierra. Come join us for cocktails, dinner and dancing as we reflect on 15 remarkable years, share our vision for the future and honor cutting edge conservationist, Courtney White. Courtney, who is an author, advocate and self-proclaimed “professional daydreamer,” will be awarded the Jane Wing Petchesky Conservation Award. As co-founder and former, long-time director of New Mexico’s Quivira Coalition, he led a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to building a “radical center” among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers and scientists to explore and develop practices that improve land health. Courtney has been a leading proponent and embodiment of this radical center, which he characterizes as a meeting place where political agendas are put aside so people and organizations with divergent viewpoints can work together for a sustainable future – socially, economically and environmentally.
Revered author, poet, conservationist and farmer Wendell Berry writes: “Courtney White’s experience with the Quivira Coalition has made him master of two indispensable truths: People of different and apparently opposing interests can work together in good will for their mutual good; and, granted their good will and good work, a similar reciprocity can be made, in use, between humans and their land.”
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