Colorado River: Talk + Film at Jagged Edge, 7/28

Colorado River: Talk + Film at Jagged Edge, 7/28

Telluride’s Jagged Edge and The Nature Conservancy celebrate 50 years of conservation in Colorado with talks and a film screening. The focus of the evening is the Colorado River, one of the most endangered rivers in the U.S. The free event takes place Thursday, July 28, starting at 6:30 p.m.


Speakers for the evening include Colorado State director of The Nature Conservancy Carlos Fernandez  who will highlight accomplishments of the Conservancy during its 50-year history in Colorado and discuss the future of conservation in our state.

“What started with the acquisition of one preserve has blossomed into an enormously successful state chapter with much to celebrate and much to look forward to,” said Fernandez.

Celene Hawkins will talk about TNC’s work to protect rivers and streams in southwest Colorado, the connection to the Colorado River. and the historic pulse flow documented in Telluride Mountainfilm regular Pete McBride’s film “Delta Dawn.”

A screening of “Delta Dawn,” winner of the Best Short Film award at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, is also planned for the evening.

Watch the trailer for “Delta Dawn” here:

More about Carlos Fernandez, Colorado State Director, The Nature Conservancy:

Carlos Fernandez, the Colorado State Director. The Nature Conservancy.

Carlos Fernandez, the Colorado State Director. The Nature Conservancy.

Carlos is currently the Colorado State Director for the Nature Conservancy, where he leads a staff of 60 and a Board of Trustees of 23. Working closely with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers, Carlos and his team strive to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.

Carlos previously served the Conservancy as the Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager and the Patagonia Program Manager. He joined the Conservancy in January 2003, working as the Foreign Legal Advisor for the South American Conservation Region of The Nature Conservancy, based at the Worldwide Office, in Arlington, VA. Earlier in his career, Carlos worked for big international law firms in both Washington, D.C. and Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an expertise in corporate finance and energy issues. He holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center (1998) and a J.D. from the University of Mendoza, School of Law from Mendoza, Argentina (1996).

More about Celene Hawkins, Western Colorado Water Project Manager, Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy:

Celene Hawkins

Celene Hawkins

Celene Hawkins serves as the Western Colorado Water Project Manager for the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In that capacity, she coordinates and implements projects with agricultural partners, federal, state, and local governments, and local conservation organizations to help optimize the use of water in western and southwestern Colorado.

Celine also fosters project work that supports water transactions that benefit environmental value, while also supporting agriculture and other traditional water uses.

Prior to assuming her current position, for almost seven years Celene worked as Associate General Counsel for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in southwestern Colorado.

She also worked on water issues in several Colorado River basin states, water development and management, water quality regulation, endangered and sensitive species issues, and environmental and natural/cultural resources protection, and served on local and regional water boards and committees, including the Southwest Basin Roundtable, the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program Coordination Committee, the Ten Tribes Partnership Legal-Technical Committee, and the Animas La-Plata Operations, Maintenance and Replacement Association Management Committee.

Earlier in her career, Celene worked at a private law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, on litigation, federal Indian law, and environmental issues.

Celene Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and environmental science, policy, and management (minor) from the University of California at Berkeley (2004); a Masters in Environmental Studies in biogeoscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2008); and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law (2008).

More about Pete McBride:

Pete McBride, adventurer-filmmaker.

Pete McBride, adventurer-filmmaker.

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, filmmaker and writer, he has traveled on assignment to over 60 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men’s Journal, Esquire, STERN and many others.

Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Pete is passionate about story-telling and has unique, gripping ways to communicate his insights, whether they involves vantage points of 20,000 feet or swimming below icebergs. His perspective on capturing water-related stories led American Photo Magazine to list Pete as “one of the top five water photographers” in the nation.

After a decade working mostly abroad, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject close to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over two years documenting his local river – the Colorado. The journey culminated in the acclaimed coffee table book,”The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict,” plus an award-winning short film, “Chasing Water,” and a traveling museum exhibit/lecture currently touring the U.S.

In 2011 and 2012, Pete’s film “Chasing Water” won over 20 film festival awards including “Best Short Documentary” at Canada’s Banff Mountain Film Festival; “Best Environmental Film” at England’s Kendal Mountain. Festival; and “Best Documentary” at Florida’s Clear Water Festival, to name a few.

Pete’s photography honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, Photo Week DC, Communications Arts, The Society of Professional Journalists, and a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University.

In 2011,Pete McBride was awarded “River Conservator” by the Roaring Fork Conservancy for his ongoing awarness work with water conservation.

When not on assignment, find Pete in the mountains or on the rivers around the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.

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