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Posted on: June 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Conservation Summit Comes to Jefferson County

Woman in the Outdoors

PLAN Jeffco, the nonprofit, volunteer-led organization of open space advocates based in Jefferson County, along with Jefferson County Open Space, are pleased to host the inaugural session of the Jeffco Conservation Summit Series. This series will address visitorship, stewardship, and enjoyment of our open space parks while enhancing the understanding of how open spaces must be managed for the benefit of all – the land, wildlife, and park visitors. The event will feature prominent outdoor enthusiasts from Team Evergreen, Bold Betties, and Title Nine, and will be moderated by Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation.

The first session of the Conservation Summit series, “Celebrating Visionary Women”, will focus on issues surrounding gear disparity, self-perception, and inequity in the outdoors. It will be held at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain, Saturday June 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is free, with breakfast, lunch and a yoga session included, but space is limited, and reservations are required.

Veteran conservationist Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, will moderate the Summit. Aangeenbrug previously served as Executive Vice President of the National Park Foundation, where she played a key role in the organization’s strategic plan and direction, including advancing the organization’s $500 million centennial fundraising campaign. She also served as Executive Director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.

The Summit speakers will feature local women and outdoor enthusiasts: Jennifer Barbour, Executive Director of Team Evergreen Cycling; Niki Koubourlis, Entrepreneur and founder of Bold Betties; and Alexia O’Connor, Health Coach & Postural Therapist, Sales Lead for Title Nine.

For more information about the Conservation Summit and to register, visit

About Jeffco Open Space
Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 252 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

About PLAN Jeffco
PLAN Jeffco is a non-profit citizen organization based in Jefferson County, Colorado. For more than 45 years, PLAN Jeffco has advocated for conservation of open space. PLAN Jeffco authored the "Open Space Resolution" ballot initiative in 1972 that provided a ½ percent sales tax in Jefferson County to establish the award-winning Jefferson County Open Space program.

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