Salazar Center for North American Conservation

A Unit of the Office of Engagement and Extension

a team of conservationists in the field

Accelerating equitable, innovative and durable solutions for nature and all people

The Salazar Center works to accelerate the pace and scale of equitable, innovative, and durable solutions for nature and all people by connecting diverse leaders, communities, and resources across the North American continent. The Center envisions a future in which all people work together to steward a critical mass of healthy and connected landscapes in North America that sustains a rich diversity of life, strengthens climate resilience and provides for healthy, equitable communities.

What We Do

  • Convene an annual international symposium, held to date in 2019, 2020, and 2021, to explore topics such as large landscape connectivity, healthy urban environments, and Indigenous conservation leadership
  • Offer annual Conservation Impact incentive prizes, such as the Connectivity Challenge and the Thriving Cities Challenge, to fund multidisciplinary innovation across the continent
  • Share best-in-class examples and case studies of best practices, through publications such as a report produced with the Network for Landscape Conservation, webinar series, and partnerships
  • Engaging as broad and diverse a constituency as possible to identify aligned interests, and amplifying stakeholders often left out of conservation work in the past, particularly BIPOC voices