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Conference and Concurrent Events on Wilderness,

Wildlife, and Human Interaction

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 
Jane Goodall

The main aims of this conference are:

To examine a way forward in the interaction of humans and wilderness and wildlife. To provide the public with a positive perspective on the future and show how their individual efforts can move us toward a better future


We live in a period of tremendous turmoil, we are constantly bombarded with the doom and gloom of environmental problems, economic meltdowns, political chaos, and human conflict. There is no wonder the public tend to turn off and feel things are possibly to awful now to really influence what the future will bring.


The other side of the coin is that we (as a human population) have accomplished amazing feats in the past and many people are looking toward the future with innovations that could only be science fiction only a few years ago. Jane Goodall once said - “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” We hope through this effort we can do two things, first, show people that there are things that can be done by individuals to make a difference and that they can be an active partner on forming what the future looks like.


The conference will have four major themes discussed in four sessions over March 5 and 6, 2016. Each session will be lead off by a keynote speaker who will set the tone for the papers in the session. The papers will be presented in a tone and format that provides a clear understanding for the public. The sessions and speakers are outlined below. At the dinner on March 5 we will have a presentation by Bob Bateman who has been an interpreter of nature, for the general public for the last 60 years.


As a final note, although Cochrane Research Institute concentrates on research on environmental issues we do no participate in political lobbying. We are not putting on this conference for profit, for the benefit of any political party or group or to support a particular industry. We want to give the public hope that the future can be a better place and to show them how the can participate in making it better.Below you can download the call for papers. We look forward to seeing you in March.

The Conference will have four concurrent Events

Conference Presentations


Conference papers will have four themes, each theme will have a keynote speaker:
1. Relationship between Wilderness and Humans – An historic perspective
2. Past Environmental Management – What worked, What did not
3. Present Environmental Management – Strengths and Weaknesses
4. Options for the future – How can we make it work more effectively?


Call for Papers

Hall of Innovation: Where Ideas Become Reality

An exhibit space will house cutting-edge, alternative
and innovative technologies, being developed world wide, and designed to alter the current destructive trajectory of wasteful use of non-renewable resources.

These perspectives and technologies will preserve our indigenous wildlife & landscapes and maintain a viable economy.

Through Their Eyes Film Festival


Films shown will address any or all Conference Themes, and can illustrate the varied impacts of the Past, possibilities for change in the Present, and hope for the Future.
There will be a Viewers Choice Award and a Competition Prize.




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Their World: An Artists Perspective

A Freestanding* Exhibit of fairly large works providing an Artist’s view of the World’s wildernesses of land and sea, it’s wild animals, it’s people and the domesticated landscapes, plants and livestock associated with humanity.


More about our Exhibit Artists and Auction Artists