Published Resources

Research, reports, directories, and case studies on collaborative conservation

The resources listed here are a small sampling of the research, experiences, and case studies available on collaborative conservation.  We will continue to add additional information and welcome suggestions for pieces to include here. To view a document, please click on the title unless otherwise instructed! In the case of published papers and research, access to the full paper may be restricted to those with existing subscriptions through CSU, Universities, Libraries, and Agency portals.


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Published Research Papers

The publications listed below are ones that have been authored, or co-authored by CCC staff, and have been published in peer reviewed journals. Links are provided so that interested readers can read the abstract and decide to pursue a full copy.  These links do not provide full access to journals or publications with subscription paywalls. If you do not have access through an institutional subscription, please consider contacting the lead author for a copy of the publication.

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An evaluation of landowners' conservation easements on their livelihoods and well-being.

Horton, K., Knight, H., Galvin, K. A., Goldstein, J. H., & Herrington, J. (2017). Biological Conservation, 209, 62-67.


Multistakeholder Development of State-and-Transition Models: A Case Study from Northwestern Colorado.

Bruegger, R. A., Fernandez-Gimenez, M. E., Tipton, C. Y., Timmer, J. M., & Aldridge, C. L. (2016). Rangelands, 38(6), 336-341.


Co-design of transformative research for rangeland sustainability.

Galvin, K. A., Reid, R. S., Fernández-Giménez, M. E., ole Kaelo, D., Baival, B., & Krebs, M. (2016). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20, 8-14.


Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: Balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa.

Reid, R. S., Nkedianye, D., Said, M. Y., Kaelo, D., Neselle, M., Makui, O., ... & Ogutu, J. (2016). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(17), 4579-4584.


Social Outcomes of Community‐based Rangeland Management in Mongolian Steppe Ecosystems.

Ulambayar, T., Fernández‐Giménez, M. E., Baival, B., & Batjav, B. (2016). Conservation Letters.


Reflections from the field: Voice in cross-cultural and transdisciplinary research.

Allegretti, Arren Mendezona 2015. The applied anthropologist 35(2):11-16.


Time Series Analysis of Satellite Greenness Indices for Assessing Vegetation Response to Community Based Rangeland Management.

Angerer, J. P., Kretzschmar, J. K., Chantsallkham, J., Jamiyansharav, K., Reid, R., & Fernández-Giménez, M. E. (2015). BUILDING RESILIENCE OF MONGOLIAN RANGELANDS, 128.


Lessons from the dzud: Community-based rangeland management increases the adaptive capacity of Mongolian herders to winter disasters.

Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria E., et al. World Development 68 (2015): 48-65.


What Explains Positive Social Outcomes of Community-Based Rangeland Management in Mongolia?

Ulambayar, T., Fernandez-Gimenez, M., Batjav, B., & Baival, B. (2015). BUILDING RESILIENCE OF MONGOLIAN RANGELANDS, 115.


East African pastoralism and the governance of grazing land.

Galvin, K., Reid, R. S., & Beeton, T. A. (2014). 13 Adaptive Cross-Scalar Governance of Natural Resources, 265.

Reports, Handbooks, and Resources for Collaborative Conservation


Collaborative Watershed Assessment: A Profile of the Upper South Platte Partnership

Water supplies critical to a variety of users originate in forested watersheds. These forests are prone to increasingly large and severe wildfires that can result in costly damage to water supplies and delivery systems. Reducing these risks has become a high priority for water providers in Colorado and across the interior West. The Upper South Platte Partnership (USPP) in Colorado is an instructive example of how to prioritize and coordinate wildfire mitigation actions at a watershed scale across jurisdictions.

Protecting Drinking Water at the Source: Lessons from the United States Watershed Investment Programs

Watershed investment programs offer promising pathways to securing safe drinking water. But what does it take to establish and grow a successful watershed investment program? Program investors and practitioners are looking for guidance and ideas on how to build a program that works for their own context.

This report addresses this need by compiling experiences and lessons from 13 watershed investment programs from across the United States. Based on a 3-year comparative case study analysis, it serves as a roadmap to guide utilities and communities as they work together to protect precious source waters.

Click here to read the report on the WRI site!


The Forest Service and Communities: The Relationships Between Land and People in the Pacific Northwest Region 

This joint project was completed by a team at University of Oregon and the US Forest Service Pacific NW Region.

 Although this is specific to Oregon and Washington, the data, and visual displays are applicable across regions. The team used over a dozen different Forest Service databases to provide information at both the forest and regional level, about regional social conditions, contracts, restoration work, forest collaboratives, agency partners, and integrated restoration. They also experimented with new spatial data, and connecting data to communicate the relationships between the Forest Service and communities. 

These reports are part of a series provided by the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University. They center around the Upper Colorado River and are available in hard copy form at the Water Center. 

Online Directories and resource lists

Colorado State Conservation Connection

Providing a comprehensive directory of conservation professionals, programs, information, and contacts for Colorado landowners and outdoor enthusiasts. This interactive website allows you to find resources by searching topics and regions of the state.