Welcome to the Metro DNA Monthly Newsletter,
This newsletter aims to encourage collaboration among partners, keep YOU informed about upcoming events and opportunities, and share partner highlights and project updates. What could be scarier than our region without nature to sustain and inspire us?
Stakeholder Convening Recap
Thank you to everyone who made it to last week’s Stakeholder Convening at the University of Denver! We started off the day with a chance to channel our inner kid and draw! That’s right, we drew ourselves in nature, what we love to do in nature, how we interact with and access nature, and our most necessary natural amenities.
We were then led by Parker McMullen-Bushman through an interactive workshop focused on the Four I’s of Oppression -- ideological, institutional, individual, and interpersonal -- and grounded in her personal and professional experience as a Black woman in conservation and education. Parker is the Vice President of Programs, Interpretation, and Exhibits at the Butterfly Pavilion. She is also the founder of EcoInclusive and I.D.E.A.S. for Action and a member of Metro DNA's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Equity Committee.
Brad Calvert, Regional Planning Director at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), switched gears toward the Regional Vision for People + Nature workshop and encouraged more creative explorations of our ideal vision for a nature-based Denver Metro Region through doodles, dialog, and presentations on the power of biological and social data to inform our work and the community engagement and capacity required to achieve our goals.
We hope to see more new and familiar faces at the next convening in December! Stay tuned for details...
Connecting with SPARCC national partners in Atlanta
Led by Mile High Connects, Denver is one of several cities across the US participating in the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). The initiative’s long-term goal is to change the way metropolitan regions grow, invest, and build through integrated, cross-sector approaches that benefit low-income people and communities of color. Toward this goal, SPARCC is investing in and amplifying local efforts to ensure that new investments reduce racial disparities, build a culture of health, and prepare for a changing climate.
Be part of the Rocky Mountain Wild team - one of the newest contributing Metro DNA partners - and experience their work first hand. Use technology to “fly over” the habitats they protect, join biologists in activities to save imperiled species, and get a special sneak-peek at what they have planned for the next 20 years, all while watching the sunset over the Rocky Mountains from the 32nd floor of a downtown skyscraper.
You’ll be treated to wildlife-friendly vegetarian and vegan tapas and complimentary beer and wine. You can also visit the “camp store” to adopt a Pika or purchase a tee shirt. And don’t forget to bid on items in “The Most Awesome Environmental Silent Auction on the Front Range.” All proceeds go toward programs to protect biodiversity in the Rockies.
When: Thursday, October 17, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Where: CBRE Heart/Pub, 1225 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Over the past 20 years, Rocky Mountain Wild has emerged as a leader in protection, connectivity, and restoration of wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Similarly to Metro DNA’s Conservation Assessment, Rocky Mountain Wild is currently working on the Southern Rockies Conservation Vision which will map wildlife habitats and migration corridors across the state using a climate change lens. The Vision includes a wide range of conservation groups and stakeholders and will guide the region’s conservation efforts for the next 20 years.
This survey provides a platform for you to highlight your projects — recently finished, current, and future — in the Denver Metro Region. As you enter the information into the simple survey, it will automatically link to a map that shows all of our projects. Share what you’re doing, and check out what's happening around you!