Our annual summit offers a welcoming and creative space where we can put our words into action, and step into another year of adapting to an increasingly dry climate. We explore how production, policy, and people intersect to enhance working lands.

​We’re always excited to showcase ways producers are leading or informing collaborative conservation work. We dig deeper into new tools and highlight opportunities like funding and collaboration.

Historically, this summit has hosted a variety of practitioners with a focus on agricultural support and conservation organizations, agencies, and groups. We invite all to attend, and we’d love for you to invite others who you think would want to participate in our annual Summit event.



Alamosa, CO

Venue details to come!



For 2024, the Summit is expanding to two days. On Day One, we will hear from awardees of some of the larger projects that have been funded in the state for the coming few years from Climate Smart Commodities and IRA-funded sources. Producers, as well as nonprofit and agency employees, will be able to ask questions about these programs, learn how they can plug in, and brainstorm with each other about where future projects need to focus to meet ongoing needs. Day Two will follow the approach of previous years, where participants will be able to hear about ongoing collaborative projects, connect with one another, and brainstorm collaborative efforts. We will continue sharing, building, and strengthening our networks, practices, and communication through our Summit activities.

Coffee and lunch provided on both days. Registration is free.


Our 2023 Summit speakers included:

Dusty Downey, Audubon Conservation Ranching Manager for Audubon Rockies

Lance and Lisa Wheeler, Rafter W Ranch in Simla Colorado.

Tori Kauffman, Project Manager for Colorado Agricultural Drought Advisors.

Diane Lapierre, Director of Poudre Libraries.

Laura Bohannon, Eagle County Conservation District.

Diana Lane, The Nature Conservancy’s rivers and sustainable water supplies strategy in Colorado.


Creating spaces for Coloradans to gather around land stewardship

COCEWL acknowledges and supports the good work being done on working lands by landowners, stewards, and the organizations supporting them; we help landowners share their stories and connect people to invaluable resources and tool kits throughout Colorado.

In every aspect of our work, we create spaces for landowners and network participants to gather and share lessons learned around conservation opportunities and stewardship with the land. We also provide professional development and fellowship opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about our work, we’d love to hear from you! We welcome anyone to join our monthly virtual calls and always enjoy seeing new landowners accessing and participating in COCEWL events and network opportunities.

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