Summer community event for the Preble’s mouse

A multidisciplinary team has been established to ensure the survival of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, a threatened mammal listed under the Endangered Species Act, in the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River watershed. Known as the North …

Collaboratives Behind-the-Scenes: Partnerscapes

Welcome to our profile series “Collaboratives Behind-the-Scenes.” This series features Q&As with different conservation organizations to provide a view into what it takes to run a collaborative organization: from challenges faced in building partnerships, to tips for budding organizations. Whether …

Collaboratives Behind-the-Scenes: Hill Country Alliance

Welcome to our profile series “Collaboratives Behind-the-Scenes.” This series features Q&As with different conservation organizations to provide a view into what it takes to run a collaborative organization: from challenges faced in building partnerships, to tips for budding organizations. Whether …

Favorite Conservation Books

For the emerging conservation leader or the curious, life-long learning, here is a list of essential and inspiring books. The “top ten” include several classics as well as more recent books that have expanded the conservation dialogue. At the end …

CCC Fellows Information Sessions – Sept 22 and Oct 12

Interested in becoming a CCC Fellows? Want to learn more about the CCC Fellows application process? The CCC will be offering  “How to Apply to the Fellows Program” information sessions to go over the application process and answer any questions. …

New Approach to Working with Communities to Conserve a Threatened Species

The US Fish & Wildlife Service (US FWS) is taking a new approach to species conservation through locally formed Site Conservation Teams (SCT). The first team—targeting Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (PMJM)—was established in the Cache la Poudre River Basin in …

Breaking Down Barriers and Reducing Conflict Over Wolves in Colorado

10/23/20 By Mireille Gonzalez, PhD Student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University Matt Collins, Masters Student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University Taylor Heid, Masters Student in Conservation Leadership at …

Bias and Cultural Consequences in Conservation

10/22/20 By Alex Few, Working Wild Challenge Coordinator, Western Landowners Alliance Originally published by our partners at The Institute for Science and Policy Bias and Cultural Consequences in Conservation I picked up my daughter up from daycare last week and was …

Wolves in Colorado Series, Episode 3: Community Perspectives and Conflict over Wolves

Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories, a Special Virtual Presentation of the Institute for Science & Policy and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, CSU Extension, …

Wolves in Colorado Series, Episode 2: Media Coverage and Public Perspectives on Wolves

Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories, a Special Virtual Presentation of the Institute for Science & Policy and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, CSU Extension, …

A Path Forward for Wolves: Lessons from Past Reintroductions

10/2/20 By Brielle Manzolillo, Masters Student in Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University Originally published by our partners at The Institute for Science and Policy A Path Forward for Wolves: Lessons from Past Reintroductions In April of 2019, I …

Wolves in Colorado Series, Episode 1: The Science of Restoring Wolves to Colorado

Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories, is a Special Virtual Presentation of the Institute for Science & Policy and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, …

Wolves Spark Passion, But Is There Common Ground?

9/21/20 By John Sanderson, Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University Kristan Uhlenbrock, Senior Policy Advisor, Institute for Science & Policy Originally published by our partners at The Institute for Science and Policy Wolves Spark Passion, But Is There …

Conservation fellows announced, set to study wolf reintroduction

Our 10th cohort of Collaborative Conservation Fellows was awarded $48,000 for work on the potential future of wolves in Colorado. Can we find a path forward together on this controversial canid? The Source recent wrote about the Fellows and their …

CCC Director moderates NACCB panel

CCC Director, John Sanderson, moderated a plenary panel titled “Collaborative Conservation in a Polarized Age of Extinction” at the recent Society for Conservation Biology North America’s (SCBNA) North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) 2020 Virtual Conference. The three panelists …

Colorado State University unveils educational resources on potential restoration of wolves in Colorado

As we wrote in February, wolves are in Colorado and more may be coming. Recognizing the need for reliable information on wolves, the Center for Collaborative Conservation teamed up with CSU Extension and the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC) to create twelve …

Lessons from the Mongolian Sustainable Rangeland Collaborative: Reflections from a CCC Undergraduate Fellow

Lessons from the Mongolian Sustainable Rangeland Collaborative: Reflections from a CCC Undergraduate Fellow By Oliver D’Orazio Upon learning about the Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) at CSU, I immediately wanted to become involved. My volunteer experience with conservation groups and …

Wolves in Colorado

Wolves in Colorado By John Sanderson February 12, 2020 Wolves are in Colorado and more may be coming. After being extirpated in the 1940s, wolves began showing up in Colorado in the mid-2000s. In 2004, a wolf was killed by …

CCC Teaches Collaborative Conservation to Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders

CCC Teaches Collaborative Conservation to Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders Each spring, Dr. Kim Skyelander, CCC Associate Director, teaches the three credit course Collaborative Conservation: NR543B for the Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) program, a master’s degree in the Department of Human …

Unsettling Collaborative Conservation through a Decolonizing Lens: Engagement and Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and Communities

This 2.5 day workshop brought together Indigenous scholars, community members and leaders, and collaborative conservation researchers and practitioners, to share experiences and lessons learned about research partnerships that simultaneously address critical conservation and community needs. The overarching goal was to …

The land is green, but there is little for livestock to eat by Cini Brown and the Mongolian Sustainable Rangeland Collaborative

The land is green, but there is little for livestock to eat By Cini Brown and the Mongolian Sustainable Rangeland Collaborative It has been over a year since we returned to Colorado after spending a month in Mongolia. I am …

New Directions New Questions by Kailey Carlson, Undergraduate Student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

9.29.2019 New Directions New Questions by Kailey Carlson, Undergraduate Student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Starting as an undergrad on a project I knew nothing about, this all began with my attempt to understand the complexity of the centuries …

2-3-2 Community Biomass Enterprise Development Blog Update by Tim Reader

This quarters Blog highlights Members of our Fellows Team visit to Quality Timbers and Wood Products LLC., in the small community of Antonito, Colorado, to facilitate collaboration among their custom milling operation and a developing local guild of Timber Frame …

Trying New Things: Expanding my Interdisciplinary Training with Social Science Methods in Ecology

Trying New Things: Expanding my Interdisciplinary Training with Social Science Methods in Ecology By Jake Marinkovich; Undergraduate student in Ecosystem Sciences and Sustainability Key Words: Ecology, Social Sciences, Fuzzy Cognitive Map, Ethiopia Everyone has their comfort zone. That area right …

On the domestic and the wild by Kevin Jablonski

On the domestic and the wild by Kevin Jablonski Large carnivores eat large herbivores. Humans also eat large herbivores. Beginning around 10,000 years ago, the long coevolutionary process of domestication enabled humans to largely shift away from hunting wild herbivores …

Modeling and Monitoring Shrub Encroachment in the Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia By, Cara Steger

Modeling and Monitoring Shrub Encroachment in the Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia By: Cara Steger Since our last post, we returned to the Guassa Community Conservation Area to finalize our co-design of a community-based monitoring program for shrub encroachment. We …

Changes, Challenges and Promising Avenues By Bethlehem Astella

Changes, Challenges and Promising Avenues By Bethlehem Astella, Cohort 9 Fellow As we returned to the fields in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, six months since our last visit in May of 2018, it was evident so much has changed. Our …

Beyond the Data Points by Kailey Carlson

Beyond the Data Points Reflections by Kailey Carlson, undergraduate fellow with the CCC Fellows Project, Engaging the Collaborative Capital of Lion Guardians to Reduce Lost Livestock in Maasailands Though we may try relentlessly, we can’t always quantify human and animal …

After the Fire: Finding Value in Burned Timber within the 2-3-2

After the Fire: Finding Value in Burned Timber within the 2-3-2 by Tim Reader  In 2018, Colorado and the West experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. Even though a lot of resources are put towards conducting fire …

Strengthening Relationships Through Research Co-Design in the Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia

Strengthening Relationships Through Research Co-Design By: Cara Steger and Bikila Warkineh Dullo We left off our last blog post talking about an up-coming workshop we were planning, which ended up taking place August 4th and 5th in Mehal Meda, the …

Community Biomass: CSFS & CSU’s Center for Collaborative Conservation

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), part of Cohort 9, is engaging biomass utilization businesses and communities in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico to participate and profit in cross-border forest collaboration. You can read about the work they’re doing …

A Season of Extremes By Philip J. Briggs

By Philip J. Briggs, Lion Monitoring Manager – Lion Guardians As I flew back to Kenya in late February, having spent some weeks in Fort Collins, Colorado, I was eager to get back to the field after an insightful learning …

Resilience-Based Rangeland Monitoring Training in Mongolia

By Oliver D’Orazio Four vehicles, two large passenger vans and two rugged looking SUVs transported us to the field training site. The SUVs were equipped with snorkel exhaust systems and their chassis were lifted an extra six inches off the …

Perfecting the Cup

By CCC fellow Matthew Thornton The aromas of cinnamon, coffee, and pumpkin spice, a telltale sign of the approaching fall season common throughout the US, fill the storeroom of the small coffee roaster.  Here, I feel far removed from the …

Collaboration Key to Investing in our Biomass Business Community by Tim Reader

Collaboration Key to Investing in our Biomass Business Community by Tim Reader A logger in southwestern Colorado approached me following a workshop I had just hosted on a unique lending partnership for our forest products and biomass business community.  At …

Undergraduate Involvement with the Center for Collaborative Conservation By, Andra Thaden

Undergraduate Involvement with the Center for Collaborative Conservation June 12, 2018 By: Andra Thaden Location: Durango, CO From the moment Tim Reader of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) asked if I wanted to be part of a project involving …

“One Park, many worlds” by Bethlehem Astella

 By Bethlehem Astella “One Park, many worlds” It was in the summer of 2015 when I first traveled to Manyate, a village along the southern border of Bale Mountains National Park (BMNP). But before getting into our story in Manyate, …

2-3-2 Forest Partnership May eNewsletter

  MAY 2018 Spring Newsletter IN THIS NEWSLETTER MEET: the Council of Western State Forester’s Forest Utilization Network REQUEST: for feedback on Blanco Basin Vegetation Management Project UPCOMING EVENTS 05232018 AGENDA INTRODUCING: the Council of Western State Forester’s Forest Utilization …

Preparing for the Unexpected

By Oliver D’Orazio, Chief Correspondent, Mongolian Sustainable Rangeland Collaborative With Cini Brown and Khishigbayar Jamiyansharav “Hello… can you hear me? Is that Bulgamaa?” “Hello, yes I am here!” “Hello, is everyone there?” “Yes, I can’t see you but… oh there you …

Two Watersheds – Three Rivers – Two States ‐ ‐ Melissa’s Reflections

By Tim Reader and Melissa Simmons Do you ever find yourself stumbling across information that really resonates with you and you wonder why you had never heard of this “new thing” earlier in life? Well, that just happened to me …

Shrub Encroachment in the Guassa Community Conservation Area

By Cara Steger and Bikila Warkineh Dullo A Brief History of Community Conservation The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area (“Guassa”) is a 100 km2 Afro-alpine grassland in the north central highlands of Ethiopia. Guassa and its surrounding landscape straddle the catchment basins …

The Green Hills

By Kevin Jablonski It is late November and the rains have just returned to the Chyulu Hills, greening them. The two-year drought continues in the Amboseli basin to the west, currently a landscape of dust and desiccated carcasses, so the …

Planning Forward after Planet Forward

By Kenzie Schmitt Have you ever been so engaged in a presentation that you were afraid to blink out of fear of missing something? Listening to the keynote speaker from the Planet Forward 2018 Summit in Washington, D.C. made me …

Adaptive Management in Bird Conservation

The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies shared two blogs about adaptive management and collaborative conservation recently. Cowboys, Collaboration, and Conservation is on the CARM (Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management) project. Building Resilience is from one of our stewardship biologists in Montana …

Heather Knight featured in blog

CCC Associate Director for the Practicioner Program Heather Knight was featured in a blog about the role of collaboration and partnership in conservation. Read the post here: www.landcan.org/landcan-blog/Collaboration-and-Conservation/249

Team Honduras, June 2017 Update

By: Suzanne Kent 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 …

A World Away- My Experience as a CCC Intern

By: 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 …

The Impractical Practicality of Collaborative Conservation

By: 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: …

CCC Intern in Tanzania

By Shelby Weiss I am an undergraduate at CSU and have had the pleasure of working as an intern for the CCC since the fall of 2011. This semester, I decided to study abroad in Tanzania with SIT on their …

Developing case study frameworks for collaborative conservation projects

By Ch’aska As our associate director Kim Skyelander mentioned in a blog last month, the CCC is interested in collecting information on collaborative projects conducted by our fellows in a systematic way in order to identify key variables, emergent patterns, …

Yippee – Valuing Traditional Ecological Knowledge

By: Jill Lackett I was so pleased to see the article on NSF’s website, “Data Collection by Indigenous People,” validating the ability of indigenous populations to be active participants in the scientific process (http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.cfm?med_id=71673&from=mmg). A research team from Stanford found …

Some neophyte reflections on learning as part of a network

By Ch’aska I’m a little nervous about being the first blog-poster on the CCLN. Why? Because I am not an expert in the field of collaborative conservation, or any field, for that matter. As it turns out, however, expertise is …