College of Law

Considering Wildlife in Water Management

Considering Wildlife in Water Management

DATE: Thursday, March 2 2023
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MST
LOCATION: Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public
1 hour CLE (pending).
A Wallace Stegner Center Event

The presentation will review how Utah water law and management provides opportunities for conserving wildlife, what is at risk when we do not include wildlife in our calculus and why we all win when we get it right.

Due to inclement weather this event will be virtual.



Yvette Converse recently moved from Utah to Moose, Wyoming to the position of Chief of Science and Resources for Grand Teton National Park for the National Park Service. Until last month, Yvette was the US Fish and Wildlife Ecological Services Field Supervisor which oversees all regulatory wildlife work in Utah, primarily that of the Endangered Species Act.  Yvette has been with US Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 20 years in Utah and Montana.  She believes in community conservation and promotes local stewardship and collaborative landscape conservation working with Federal, State, County, Tribal and non-government and industry partners.

Yvette grew up in north central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River.  She earned a Bachelors of Art from Franklin and Marshall College in Biology and Art in 1987 and moved west after college landing in Salt Lake City where she began her Federal career with the US Forest Service.  She was on the crew that built the first boardwalk at Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon and served on the Logan Hotshot crew fighting wildfire in the early 90s before earning a Masters of Science in Aquatic Ecology with a concentration in Fluvial Geomorphology from Utah State University in 1996.  Early in her career, Yvette spent several years working for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as an aquatic biologist and working for BioWest Inc before beginning her career in US Fish and Wildlife Service.


Utah Water Lecture Series
With support from the National Audubon Society, the Wallace Stegner Center is hosting a four-part Utah Water Lecture Series, which will include  presentations on Utah water law, Colorado River system management and diversions, measuring water use, and water and wildlife. The lectures will be held during the noon hour at the College of Law and streamed online on on January 19, February 2, February 16, and March 2. If you miss a lecture, you can watch online on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube channel.

This Utah Water Lecture series is co-sponsored by the National Audubon Society.

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