SHIFT 2017 focused on making a case for public lands

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The 2017 SHIFT Festival wrapped last week and turnout for the three-day event held at Snow King was heartening to organizers.

The event this year focused on Public Lands: The Business Case, and things got off to a bang with Wednesday’s juicy and topical issue: “Bears Ears: 10,000 Years of Public Land.”

Thursday, it was Girltrek founder Morgan Dixon, along with filmmaker/conservationist James Q. Martin who explored the relationship between race and outdoor recreation with a program entitled, “Common Ground: Diversity, Inclusion and the Future of Our Public Lands.” GirlTrek, by the way, is a 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection.

On Friday, the 2017 SHIFT Festival concluded with Jackson Hole’s foodie event of the year, The People’s Banquet, featuring Lucas St. Clair. St. Clair is president of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. He led a 12-year effort to establish the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.

The People’s Banquet celebrates the local food system with a matchup of the valley’s finest chefs and best producers.

SHIFT’s head of marketing Chris Perkins wrote in an email: “It’s so humbling to have the community’s financial support, and our outcomes are only becoming more powerful as we influence and attract attendees from all around the country. Jackson has always been, and will remain, the nexus of effective conservation and world-class outdoor recreation.”

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