2017 Grassroots Advocacy Conference

SAVE THE DATE: November 9-12 2017: Clair Tappaan Lodge, Donner Pass, CA

The 7th Biennial Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference will take place November 9-12, 2017, at the Sierra Club’s historic Clair Tappaan Lodge, less than half an hour from Truckee, CA in the central Sierra Nevada. The conference is an opportunity for individuals and organizations who care about winter recreation and public lands to gather and discuss the latest developments in policy and planning issues, share grassroots successes, meet with land managers and spend quality lodge time with colleagues and partners from across the country.

The theme of this year’s conference is HARNESSING THE POWER OF LOCAL ACTION.

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones, the founder and CEO of Protect Our Winters, has been a professional snowboarder for over 18 years and is widely regarded as one of the best big mountain snowboarders in the world. Ten times voted “Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine he has starred in over twenty snowboard films worldwide. In 2013, Jeremy was nominated by National Geographic as an “Adventurer Of The Year” and a “Champion Of Change” by President Obama for his work fighting climate change with Protect Our Winters.


Come join scientists, policy makers, WWA ambassadors, athletes and grassroots activists for a weekend of engaging workshops and interesting discussions. Sessions will include: Stakeholder Collaborative Training, Advocacy in the Trump Era, Winter Travel Planning Updates and Engagement, Forest Planning and Sustainable Recreation, Organizing for Local Climate Action, Public Lands Stewardship, Engaging the Next Generation of Stewards and Advocates, Citizen Science, Non-profit Outreach and Communications, Leveraging Outdoor Brands for Local Action, and SnowSchool Instructor Training.

Links from 2015 Conference in Golden, CO

Kt Miller’s reflections on 2015 Grassroots Advocacy Conference (Backcountry Magazine)

2015 Conference Success!

2015 Grassroots Advocacy Conference Agenda

Notes from day 1 (Friday)

Notes from day 2 (Saturday)

Stay tuned for agenda and registration info!
Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Executive Director Mark Menlove (center) and 2015 keynote speaker Donny Roth. [Photo by Kt Miller for Backcountry Magazine]