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Intermountain Bioneers Conference & LDS Earth Stewardship

The 9th annual conference of the Intermountain Bioneers will be held in Logan, Utah.  An “Evening with the Bioneers” will be held at the LDS Tabernacle on Friday, October 19 where the 250-member American Festival Chorus will be directed by Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  There will also be presentations by the Bear River Land Conservancy, LDS Earth Stewardship, and legendary storytellers Thad Box  and Brett Selman.

The two-day main event will follow on October 26-27 and is based upon self-reliance, sustainability, and personal action.  Learn from experts about raising Mason Bees in your backyard (Bee Shelters will be available for purchase), Vermicomposting, Green Home Design, Urban Forests, Backyard Chickens, Backyard High-Tunnel Greenhouses, Behavior & Community Actions, and Home & Emergency Preparedness.

National plenary speakers include Paul Hawken Regeneration; Bill McKibben Climate; Fletcher Harper Greening our Faiths; Nikki Henderson Whole Community Food Access; Sandra Steinberger The Whole Frackin Endhilada; Carol Jenkins The Public Square is Empty; Gretchen Daily Harmonizing People & Nature; and Michael BruneemPOWERed.

*Our Keynote Speaker* is Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Queen of the Canopy, who will present “TREES and SPIRITUALITY“, a compilation of the historical and spiritual importance played by trees in religions throughout the world.  She has published over 90 scientific articles and four books; been highlighted in magazines such as Natural History, Discover, Ranger Rick and Glamour; and been featured in several televison documentaries such as Bill Nye, Good Morning America, and National Geographic.  Her forest canopy research in Costa Rica and Washington state helped her develop a keen sense of the connections between science and spirituality.  She is currently the Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah.  Free trees, provided by LDS Earth Stewardship, will be available after her presentation.

This year, the inter-faith conference will be held at Bruner Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Center, Logan, Utah.  Meals provided, win a free tree, enjoy the Share-Fair exhibits, and network with other Earth Stewards.  For detailed agenda information and registration go to www.intermountainbioneers.org  – or email me at redrockron@gmail.com