Western Collaborative Conservation Network

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Connect: Strengthen Community of Practice

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WCCN Email Listserv

Join our listserv for discussion and knowledge-sharing!

Purpose of the WCCN listserv: to support peer-to-peer sharing of useful information and provide networking opportunities between professionals working on collaborative conservation projects across the West.
What the listserv can be used for:
  • Amplify existing collaborative conservation efforts from various stakeholders to communicate about the value of collaboration,
  • Provide a forum to share collaborative conservation success stories and lessons learned,
  • Share new collaboration and conservation science, policy and technical resources,
  • Facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas amongst collaboratives, and/or
  • Assist in the identification of new communication opportunities for collaborative conservation groups.

Read our WCCN Listserv Rules of Engagement here!

Find a Collaborative: New Regional Map!

Ever wished you had a single map to find all the collaborative conservation groups and the organizations that support them?

The Southwest Collaborative Support Network, Western Collaborative Conservation Network, Center for Collaborative Conservation, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Southwest Decision Resources, New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute, Mountain Studies Institute, Cross-Watershed Network, and RiversEdge West, are collaborating to create a western regional map for you!

For more information, click here

(Please note that the map is still being developed and will continue to improve with additional functionality.)

Here is the link to the current map!


Collaborative groups are formal or informal organizations that: (1) have multiple partners/members/participants representing different organizations, agencies and/or interests, (2) share a conservation objective (managing natural resources, improving economic characteristics and/or community values), (3) have a geographic focus, (4) work across jurisdictions, (5) engage in a sustained process of interaction or consensus-building, and (6) self-identify as a collaborative of diverse stakeholders.  Examples include: collaboratives, groups, organizations, coalitions, committees, alliances, working groups or similar designations, focusing on forestry, watersheds, recreation, rangelands, water, wildlife, or similar conservation topics and issues

Support Organizations/Entities provide services that advance the organizational goals and functions of a collaborative group, either by participating directly in the collaborative in an advisory role or by engaging on specific or shorter-term projects. Services may include facilitating, training, mentoring, finance, capacity building, or technical expertise on issues of collaborative governance, organizational development and management, operations and/or strategies and tactics.

Once you’ve identified whether you’re a Collaborative Group or a Support organization we hope you’ll connect with us by completing this survey!

We Believe
The Western Collaborative Conservation Network believes  that increased collaboration builds stronger communities and creates enduring conservation actions.

Contact: Heather Knight, Associate Director of Practice, Center for Collaborative Conservation,

The WCCN Communications Team



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