Charles Bedford

Charles Bedford is the Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region. Before moving to Beijing, Charles was director of the Conservancy Colorado’s program, managing 70 employees as well as an annual operating budget of $8M and an annual capital budget of $8-40M. Charles led efforts for the creation of the Great Sand Dunes National Park — the newest national park in the U.S. Before joining the Conservancy, Charles was Director of the Colorado State Land Board, where he led management of three million acres of state lands; Legal Counsel and Environmental Policy advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer; campaign manager for a U.S. Senate candidate; and attorney with the law firm of Kutak Rock in Denver. Charles grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended college at Georgetown University and holds a juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.


Charles's Posts

In China, a New (Old) Approach

November 2nd, 2010
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To tackle the unique conservation challenges in China we needed to create a new model, something we're calling a “Land Trust Reserve.” Find out how it works. More

Saying Goodbye to a Chinese Treasure

June 1st, 2010
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What's it like to raft down a gorgeous river canyon that's about to disappear? The Conservancy's Charles Bedford finds out on China's Upper Yangtze River. More

Working in China’s ‘Grey’ Zones

April 26th, 2010
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Land conservation in China can be challenging -- because it's hard to figure out who really controls a parcel of land. But if you can show an idea works, says Charles Bedford, you've got a good chance of success. More

The Future of Wild Places in China: Experiments in Private Management?

December 14th, 2009
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(Editor’s note: Charles Bedford, the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is living and working in China for the next year and will be writing about conservation issues there. Read all his posts.) A couple posts back I noted the similarities between Potatso (Pudacuo) National Park in Diqing, Yunnan and Rocky Mountain National […] More

Jack Ma: The Wizard of Hangzhou

December 7th, 2009
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Small agricultural city in the middle of the country, big river running through the middle, homegrown international business figure who emphasizes the long-term and a values-laden corporate culture, a global network of followers who hang on every word and pronouncement. Sound familiar? Warren Buffett, right? Nope, I’m talking about Jack Ma, 10 years ago an […] More

The World’s Oldest National Park: Ghosts of Monks and Red Deer

November 10th, 2009
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Bogdkhan Uul, just south of Ulanbator, Mongolia, is the oldest national park in the world. That’s right — it predates Yellowstone by over 100 years. Established by the Mongolian government in 1778, it was originally chartered by Ming Dynasty officials in the 1500s as an area to be kept off limits to extractive uses, protected […] More

From China: Entrepreneurs, Conservation and the Future of the World

October 21st, 2009
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Editor’s note: Charles Bedford, the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is living and working in China for the next year and will be writing about conservation issues there. Read all his posts. Who’s going to lead the way for conservation in China? Local grass-roots groups? International NGOs? The government? Here’s another thought: […] More

Yellowstone in China?

October 5th, 2009
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Editor’s note: Charles Bedford, the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is living and working in China for the next year and will be writing about conservation issues there. Read all his posts. How are U.S. perceptions of China sadly out of date? One example lies in how China’s first national park was […] More

From China: Earth First–Mine the Other Planets Later

September 28th, 2009
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Editor’s note: Charles Bedford, the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is living and working in China for the next year and will be writing about conservation issues there for Cool Green Science. Read all his posts. Everywhere I’ve been outside of the United States in the last few years has a property […] More

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