At the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center, we work to meet the challenges and develop new opportunities for students and communities in Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin; promoting solutions and strengthening the thriving spirit of collaboration in the San Luis Valley.
To engage and advance the conservation of land, water and historic and cultural attributes at the headwaters of the Rio Grande in the San Luis Valley.
The Salazar Center works to deepen the engagement between Adams State University’s faculty and students and the region’s active network of conservation organizations, agencies, districts and caring community members.
- Changing climate, economy and demographics
- Water scarcity, exportation threats and aquifer depletion
- Impacts to and uncertainty for the future of agriculture, health of the watershed and wildlife habitat
- To help grow the next generation of conservation leaders
- To connect students and community members to the immense “field school” of the region’s public lands
- To promote and support innovative stewardship of the Valley’s land and water resources
- To strengthen connections between the region’s natural resources and its diverse cultures and heritage
- To enhance related economic development for the community and career opportunities for Adams State University students