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Exit Strategies

Posted on: November 17th, 2009 by admin

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The AAC and a select group of nonprofits and government agencies are teaming up to host an international conference on managing human waste in wilderness settings. The three-day “Exit Strategies” meeting will be held at the American Mountaineering Center and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado next summer: July 30 to August 1.

The Exit Strategies conference will bring together up to 100 land managers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and students to discuss strategies for dealing effectively with human waste, including existing solutions and innovative proposals alike. Presenters will include land managers and scientists from the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Nepal.

Event chairman Roger Robinson is continuing to solicit sponsors, speakers, and interesting solutions to present at the conference.

In addition to the AAC, the event’s sponsors include the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Public Health Service, Access Fund, Alpine Club of Canada, and Leave No Trace. The AAC has had a long history of cooperation with land managers in developing human-waste solutions. In 2001, an AAC grant helped launch the Clean Mountain Cans program in Denali National Park. The club also has been instrumental in developing carry-it-out waste programs for Indian Creek and Castle Valley in Utah, and in building and maintaining a composting toilet in the popular Ishinca Valley of Peru.

Registration for the Exit Strategies conference is open now. Click here for more details.

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