CCC Blog

Welcome to the CCC blog site! The CCC Blog is a place where people can connect, learn, and share about collaborative conservation – what works, what doesn’t, lessons learned, resources, opportunities - and most importantly, network with others interested in collaborative conservation. We hope that the CCC Blog will build on our mission of understanding, supporting, and achieving conservation through collaboration. 

Team Honduras June 2017 Update

By: 
Suzanne Kent
Location: 
Utila, Honduras

Collaborators from Honduras, Italy, and the U.S. are working together on a project concerned with environmental processes on the island of Utila, conservation efforts, voluntourism, and local livelihoods. While the roots of the collaboration stretch back a number of years, with the help of CCC funding we were able to bring several partners to Colorado for the CCC retreat in May of 2016. Next,...

Forming Partnerships through Problem Solving

By: 
Julia Thurber
Location: 
Maasailand, Kenya

What an incredible trip to Kenya! I’ve been back in the States almost two months now, and my mind is still swimming with all the information I learned and people I met during my time there! As a mechanical engineering master’s student at Oregon State University, I’m very well trained in a variety of problem solving approaches. However, after working with Maasai people in Magadi and Bisil, Kenya,...

Slow and steady wins the race. That's what I keep telling myself.

By: 
Rina Hauptfeld
Location: 
Dumaguete, Central Visayas, Philippines

April 12, 2017 Project location: Central Visayas, Philippines Fourteen months after applying for the CCC Student Fellowship, it feels like we are finally making headway towards the design of a collaborative project that will be truly useful for regional marine conservation efforts. The process has provided some good reminders and learning moments, which I’d like to share. Face time matters: Upon...

Tchanan's reflections ..Team Kenya

By: 
Tchanan Ross
Location: 
Deadwood, Oregon

TCHANAN’S REFLECTIONS…TEAM KENYA BLOG Attempting to briefly summarize my reflections on the February 2017 journey of Team Kenya is definitely challenging. Grief over losing my son has been primarily quiet, deeply humbling, eviscerating, and at moments de-stabilizing and I know it will be life-long process, as it is a major part of who I am these days. From the moment of Shiloh's accidental death...

Reflections on our visit to Kenya

By: 
Johnny Sundstrom
Location: 
Kenya

When our son, Shiloh, was killed in a hit-and-run accident (November 22, 2015), he’d been to Kenya 4 times for a total of about one year, studying and doing research for his graduate degrees, looking for ways to help the people and landscapes he loved, and making special friendships as he always did wherever he went. Each time he returned home he would say to me, “Dad, when we go to Kenya, I’m...

Drought and Resilience in Kenya, February 2017

By: 
Brett Kaufman
Location: 
Beijing, China

Last month I returned from a trip to Kenya funded by CCC and Oregon State University, and it was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. As an archaeologist interested in the fusion of design, anthropology, and humanitarian engineering, I felt very lucky to be a part of this multinational interdisciplinary team that included engineers, geographers, ranchers, conservationists, and...

Perspectives on Kenya from a Montana Rancher

By: 
Denny Iverson
Location: 
Potomac, MT

So how does a rancher/logger (the order of which depends on which profession is supplementing the other) from western Montana come to find himself in Kenya with another rancher/scholar (Johnny Sundstrom) and a group of academics with varying degrees in varying disciplines? Well I guess it all starts with the fact that for nearly 20 years I’ve been a board member of an organization called the...

Farmland Coop - update on first land purchase

By: 
Gailmarie Kimmel
Location: 
Northern Colorado

Hello! I keep waiting for the final good news to share but realize that CCC readers might well appreciate the details... • December 2016: 
The Great Outdoors Colorado Grant that Colorado Open Lands submitted to complete the conservation easement funding for the farmland property has been awarded and a preliminary appraisal has also been completed. • February 2017: We are under contract for the...

Young farmers, GIS, and farm dinners - oh my!

By: 
Gailmarie Kimmel
Location: 
Northern Colorado

Happy almost October! While we wait to hear news of our GOCO grant, which would enable the purchase of the conservation easement by Colorado Open Lands for our pilot land of 50 acres, Poudre Valley Community Farms ( PVCF) is 1) reaching out to other young producers locally to start discussing how PVCF might help stabilize their farm operations with community-ownership of the farmland. I've...

An exciting summer @ U Minh Thuong National Park in Vietnam!

By: 
Tony Quy Van Khuc
Location: 
Fort Collins, CO

I have had a very great summer in U Minh Thuong National Park (UMTNP), where I went to study an endangered bat species. This park in South Vietnam means a lot to the local people in terms of its history and high biodiversity because of its unique peatlands. After our preparations were completed, our journey began. We started the trip flying from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and went to UMTNP by bus...

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