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National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis to Speak at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast

Bend, Ore., November 18, 2013National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis will be the featured speaker at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014. Davis will discuss the ongoing effort to protect The Sacred Headwaters in British Columbia from energy development. The breakfast, which is open to the public, is Thursday morning, January 23, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:50 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Davis’s work as an anthropologist and botanical explorer has taken him throughout the world, and earned him praise as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” The National Geographic Society named him one of the Explorers for the Millennium. His Sacred Headwaters presentation tells the story of his community in British Columbia standing up to protect the headwaters of the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass rivers from energy development.

“I could listen to Wade Davis talk about anything, so I’m excited to hear the story of his community in BC standing up for their own backyard,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “Wade spoke at our breakfast in 2006, and left people awestruck. We’re in for a real treat.”

In addition to Davis’s talk, The Conservation Alliance Breakfast will feature a summary of the organization’s accomplishments in 2013, and a look ahead to plans for the coming year. The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public. For complete information, see:

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $12.6 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 41 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,700 miles of rivers; stop or remove 25 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance,

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