Rural Initiative


Date of this Version

April 2007


Grassland Conservation and Sustainable Communities Lecture series, delivered Thursday, April 12, 2007, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska.


Dr. Larry Swanson, Director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana, delivered the second-annual lecture on "Grassland Conservation and Sustainable Communities" on Thursday, April 12, 2007. Dr. Swanson's message that there is hope for rural communities if we act aggressively and immediately was heard by a crowd of 140 at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, NE. You can learn more about the lecture in the articles below or by visiting We would like to thank everyone who attended the lecture and those who made the event possible. A special thanks to the co-sponsors of this years lecture: the Center for Great Plains Studies, the Rural Initiative at UNL, the UNL Economics Department, the Center for Grassland Studies, the UNL School of Natural Resources, the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, the Prairie Plains Resources Institute. We have the lecture and its associated PowerPoint presentation available for download. [Also available online at ]

The audio file of the lecture is deposited in this repository in mp3 file format, attached to the main page as a “related” or “supplementary” file. It is 49 Mbytes (52 minutes).

LarrySwanson.mp3 (49451 kB)
mp3 file Audio of the Lecture (52 minutes/49 Mbytes)