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Confluence AK

Summit Schedule & Agenda

CONFLUENCE: Regenerative Economies

2022 & 2023 Theme: Regenerative Outdoors

This year's conversations will be focused on the intersection of outdoor recreation and regenerative tourism. Confluence helps you get connected, informed and inspired to co-create a regenerative and equitable outdoor recreation economy.

Special Welcome to Canadian Guests

Confluence transcends boundaries this year by inviting our Canadian neighbors to share ideas and collaborate to strengthen local economies and outdoor recreation in a region that is home to one of the largest transboundary protected areas in the world. 


8:30 A.M. ON SEPT. 26 - 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

DRAFT Agenda 2023 - Carlson Center, Fairbanks


9 AM Opening: Prayer, Land Acknowledgement, Fairbanks welcome

9:25 AM Ground rules, housekeeping, Introductions/Icebreaker

11:05 AM Level setting: Defining Regenerative 

11:20 Land Manager's Lightning Panel:

USFS, James King

NPS, Maija Lukin

BLM, Donna Bach

Alaska State Parks, Ricky Gease

11:50 Indigenous Perspectives Lightning Panel 

Facilitated by Leanna Heffner, Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Coralee Johns, How We Walk with Land and Water (YK)

George Kaska, US Fish and Wildlife Service

12:20 Lunch

1:30 PM Regenerative Design Sprint

2:30 Priorities Discussion and Nominations

2:45 - 3:30 Elevate top priorities

3:30 Priority Working Groups form 

4:15 Closing and Logistics for Dinner

5:45 Departures begin for dinner 

6 p.m. Museum of the North, Welcome by Director Pat Druckenmiller

8:15 Returns begin from dinner


8:30  Doors open/breakfast 

9:00  Connection Activity

9:30  Priorities Assessment


10:30 Connections Actvity 2

11:00 Fresh Ideas Lightning Panel

Jim Powell, UA Southeast, Cruise Ship Impact Study

Peter Fix, UA Fairbanks BLM Recreation Research

Sarah Marsh, Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism and Culture


11:45 Lunch 

12:30 Departures for Learning Journeys

2:15 - 2:30 Arrive back from Learning Journeys 

2:30 Rural Development Lightning Panel

Cathy Brooks, UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development

Dan Kihanya, REI Coop, Path Ahead Ventures

Jennifer Rachels, USDA Rural Development


3:00 Priority Action Development 

4:15 Conclude and logistics

5:45 1st Van leaves for MTCC

Dinner: Morris Thompson Cultural Center

8:15 1st Van returns from MTCC



8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Intro and Letters from the Future

10:50 Groups Report Out

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Finding Our Direction

1:15  3 Action Steps

1:45  Asks, Offers, Closing

2:00 Closing

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