The purpose of this network is to benefit and support place-based forest collaboratives in Colorado by connecting them to information, resources, and each other, and by telling their stories to make their value and needs understood.
For the last decade, collaboratives across Colorado have come together to share stories, ideas, and resources at an Annual Forest Collaboratives Summit. Each year, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and the Summit left people wishing for a way to maintain and expand those connections year-round. In 2021, a team from the Center for Collaborative Conservation interviewed 33 representatives of collaboratives, agencies, and organizations across Colorado and the western US to understand the need and desire for an ongoing, state-wide network of place-based forest collaboratives. The results, summarized in this Situation Assessment, showed broad support for a network.
This network will be driven by collaboratives, for collaboratives. We are seeking input on an ongoing basis to get to know each collaborative and to understand where there are needs and opportunities to support them.
We want to know:
As of May 2022, we heard a few recurring ideas for the network from our one-on-one conversations with individuals involved in collaboratives. This is by no means a comprehensive list of everything we heard or will hear as we continue building relationships, but does offer a glimpse into some possibilities for the network.
Common ideas for the network, as expressed by individuals involved with collaboratives are to:
We send occasional emails containing news, events, and resources for forest collaboratives and their partners.
Do you notice anyone missing? Please let us know!
What is the Summit? The Summit is by and for collaboratives. It’s a chance to connect with each other, share learning, and hear from statewide leaders. The Colorado Forest Collaboratives Network was inspired by successes at past annual Forest Collaboratives Summits. Moving forward, the Network will take the lead on hosting this important event annually.
The agenda will include a chance to interact with State Forester Matt McCombs, DNR Executive Director Dan Gibbs, and members of the Colorado Forest Health Council. You will also have time to interact with friends and peers about successes, collaborative readiness, and more. You can read through the full summit agenda here!
When? October 27, 2022. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M.T. and please stay for the social from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where? Old Community Center, 110 South 3rd Avenue Frisco, Colorado.
How much does it cost? Attendance is FREE and travel assistance will be available. Please email Katie.McGrath@colostate.edu to request travel assistance.
Watch a recording of this webinar.
Resources shared during the webinar:
Katie McGrath Novak
Colorado Forest Collaboratives Network Coordinator
If you are a member of a collaborative, or are an interested partner with ideas for building further connections, I would love to set up a one-on-one call to get to know you and hear your ideas for the network. I am best reached at my email address.