Held each October in the “crucible of conservation,” Jackson Hole, SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) celebrates the outdoor recreation/conservation partnership with food, film, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventure. Set at the forefront of The 2016 SHIFT Festival, which runs from October 13-15, is The SHIFT Summit, an in-depth exploration of the opportunities and challenges at the nexus of outdoor recreation and conservation.
The theme of the 2016 SHIFT Festival is “Outdoor Rec & Our Public Lands.” Its objectives are to:
SHIFT’s substantive focus exists at the intersection of recreation, conservation and diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”). At the intersection of the three sectors is connecting people and place—a recognition that at its core, these groups are united by the need for access to public, outdoor places. SHIFT’s capacity to bring together existing initiatives, groups, and networks that are all working on similar issues but might otherwise operate independently promotes greater information sharing and improved coordination among natural allies, which in turn results in a more unified movement for the protection of our public lands.
SHIFT’s goal is to help advance the collective agenda of its stakeholder coalition—an alliance of the outdoor recreation, conservation, land management, youth engagement and outdoor media communities—by aligning and amplifying existing, complementary efforts at the heart of the outdoor recreation and conservation relationship. By integrating young people of color and millennials, urban and otherwise, into the coalition’s work in substantive and meaningful ways, SHIFT will help expand the next generation of users, stewards and stakeholders while developing a diverse workforce that reflects the American demographic.
For 2016, SHIFT is driven to answer the question:
How can outdoor recreation help keep our public lands public, healthy, and accessible to all Americans?
To answer this question, the 2016 SHIFT Festival will feature three major topics, each with a core set of discussion questions:
With several bills proposed in western states that attempt to transfer public land management from federal agencies to state control, the conservation and recreation communities see the proposed public land transfer as a significant and urgent threat facing public lands. Both communities have been active on this topic, sometimes in coordination and sometimes not.
At SHIFT in October, we will:
Long-term reliable funding for public land management agencies is directly related to the public land transfer, since budget cuts limit agencies’ capacity to effectively manage public lands. With agency budgets going to fighting wildfires and a growing backlog of deferred maintenance, the issue, which currently lacks a unified voice, continues to grow more pressing.
At SHIFT in October, we will:
Insuring public lands are relevant to new and diverse groups, including the next generation of Americans, requires improved diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and a cultural shift. Establishing a stronger culture of stewardship and increasing support for public lands is key to their longterm viability. At SHIFT in October, we will:
A complete schedule of events may be found here.