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. 

From Disagree to Agree - The Process of Piloting a Survey

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Angelia Lane

After multiple truck rides, bus rides, and hitchhiking in a rice delivery truck, Sarah and I finished our pilots with seven participants in five different communities in the time span of a single week. It was filled with many long days and discussions, but it was an incredibly important process. Sarah and I have been developing a baseline survey for Ya'axche Conservation Trust for weeks. Our...

Project Kickoff in the Last Great Frontier (Team Alaska)

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Matt Luizza

Two weeks ago marked only the second time I have flown over Alaska’s Yukon Flats. During this brief flight, I was again awe-struck by its beauty and grandeur. Skirting above this 11,000 square mile lake complex, comprised of some 40,000 small enclosed water bodies and streams, a diversity of wildlife, and thousands of rural indigenous community members, I was reminded of how truly vast this...

Fostering Collaboration

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Angelia Lane

It has been a whirlwind of two months since moving to Belize. We have met an incredible amount of people from different organizations, cultures, and backgrounds. Belize is unlike any place I have visited in the past. In a single day you can encounter five different languages and twice as many ecosystems, and travel from the diverse mountains with monkeys swinging above your head, to the...

A World Away- My Experience as a CCC Intern

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Carrie Olson

My heart sank a little as I drove through Hotchkiss, Colorado for the first time. I had known that my summer internship through the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Colorado State University would take me out into rural country on the western slope, but I didn’t realize it would be this rural. As I passed first one worn storefront and then another, I couldn’t help noticing the complete...

Building Trust One Tree at a Time

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Howard Hallman

My Fellows Project is to create a volunteer forest monitoring program tailored to Summit County, Colorado. I am assisted by a core group of dedicated collaborators. Our goal is that this community endeavor be citizen-driven, self-sustaining, credible, and meaningful. Over the last year we’ve achieved most of our immediate objectives. I should be happy, but I’m not, at least not yet. We have fifty...

The Impractical Practicality of Collaborative Conservation, Brittany Messinger

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Brittany Messinger

It was a chilly morning, last night’s snow quietly clinging to the overhanging branches and cliffs surrounding Sylvan Dale Ranch. It wasn't long before the lazy sing-song of canyon wrens was interrupted by a new kind of chatter: a cacophony of 50 Lincoln Elementary students. We exchanged glances; there was no going back now. Just a few months prior, I joined the Center for Collaborative...

Dissection: A Smelly But Engaging Approach to Collaborative Learning

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Retta Bruegger

If you had asked me a few years back to visualize my life in in the future, dissecting a sage-grouse gizzard while the pungent odor of digestive fluid distracted nearby office-mates would probably not have been my prediction. Sometimes collaborative research is not predictable, either. When I started my current job as Outreach and Research Coordinator on the Learning from the Land Project, I met...

The Collaborative Colorado Atlas design and creation - By Greg Newman

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CCC Blogs

The simple task of understanding “who’s doing what where” in collaborative conservation turns out to be not that simple after all. And how does the central notion of collaboration through which each collaborative conservation group operates pertain to my task at hand (developing a central database system and associated visualizations of who is indeed doing what, where) fit into my own work? First...

A few notes on my CCC project in Mongolia this past summer - By Jen Higgins

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CCC Blogs

Although my long blond hair clearly indicates that I’m a foreigner, over the years Mongolia has begun to feel like a bit of a second home. I’ll never be Mongolian enough to relish eating goat intestine as if it is some rare treat enjoyed on only the specialist of occasions, but the Mongolian lifestyle has become comfortably familiar. Returning to Mongolia on a CCC grant this past summer to study...

ILRI Clipping Blog: Pastoral Paradox

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CCC Blogs

Please see this link for a blog by Susan Macmillan at the International Livestock Research Institute about a paper we wrote about what’s happening around the world in global drylands and pastoral societies. It’s amazing how many misconceptions we have about how these ecosystems and the people who depend upon them. -Robin, Maria and Kathy Read the full article here. Read the original paper here.

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