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 …

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 …

Dr. Robin Reid recognized by Warner College

Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation Dr. Robin Reid won the Warner College Teamsmanship Award on April 18th, 2018 at the WCNR Awards Banquet. Students, staff and faculty gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and work of the people within 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 …

Forming Partnerships through Problem Solving

By: Julia Thurber Location: Maasailand, Kenya What an incredible trip to Kenya! I’ve been back in the States almost two months now, and my mind is still swimming with all the information I learned and people I met during my time there! …

Slow and steady wins the race. That’s what I keep telling myself.

Slow and steady wins the race. That’s what I keep telling myself. April 12, 2017 Project location: Central Visayas, Philippines Fourteen months after applying for the CCC Student Fellowship, it feels like we are finally making headway towards the design …

Tchanan’s reflections ..Team Kenya

By: Tchanan Ross Location: Deadwood, Oregon Attempting to briefly summarize my reflections on the February 2017  journey of Team Kenya is definitely challenging. Grief over losing my son has been primarily quiet, deeply humbling, eviscerating, and at moments de-stabilizing and I know …

Reflections on our visit to Kenya

By: Johnny Sundstrom Location: Kenya When our son, Shiloh, was killed in a hit-and-run accident (November 22, 2015), he’d been to Kenya 4 times for a total of about one year, studying and doing research for his graduate degrees, looking for ways …

Drought and Resilience in Kenya, February 2017

By: Brett Kaufman Location: Beijing, China Last month I returned from a trip to Kenya funded by CCC and Oregon State University, and it was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. As an archaeologist interested in the fusion of …

Perspectives on Kenya from a Montana Rancher

Perspectives on Kenya from a Montana Rancher So how does a rancher/logger (the order of which depends on which profession is supplementing the other) from western Montana come to find himself in Kenya with another rancher/scholar (Johnny Sundstrom) and a group …

Farmland Coop – update on first land purchase

By: Gailmarie Kimmel Location: Northern Colorado Hello!  I keep waiting for the final good news to share but realize that CCC readers might well appreciate the details… •   December 2016:  
The Great Outdoors Colorado Grant that Colorado Open Lands submitted to complete the conservation easement funding for …

An exciting summer @ U Minh Thuong National Park in Vietnam!

By: Tony Quy Van Khuc Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Location: Fort Collins, CO I have had a very great summer in U Minh Thuong National Park (UMTNP), where I went to study an endangered bat species. This park in South Vietnam means …

Young farmers, GIS, and farm dinners – oh my!

By: Gailmarie Kimmel Friday, September 30, 2016 Location: Northern Colorado Happy almost October! While we wait to hear news of our GOCO grant, which would enable the purchase of the conservation easement by Colorado Open Lands for our pilot land of 50 …

Gearing Up For Our Trip to Kenya

By: Hannah Gosnell Saturday, September 24, 2016 Location: Corvallis, Oregon Having gained tremendous momentum from last spring’s “Future of Pastoralism” symposium here at OSU, which allowed several of our Kenyan team members to visit the US and tell us more about themselves …

Summit in Montana as Told by Johnny Sundstrom and Written By Kelsey Silver

By: Johnny Sundstrom Location: Blog Earlier this year, Johnny Sundstrom of the Suislaw Institute in Oregon, and Paul Meiliara of SORALO (South Rift Landowners Association) in Kenya, travelled to  Montana for a two-day get-together with the BlackFoot Challenge, hosted by Gary Burnett, …

Partnering with Colorado Open Lands

By: Gailmarie Kimmel Location: Northern Colorado Hi readers, Good news from the Farmland Coop.  We’ve just partnered with Colorado Open Lands (COL) – one of our state’s largest non-profit land conservation orgnizations –  to successfully submit a grant to GOCO-Great Outdoors Colorado, …

Utila, Honduras Research Project

By: Suzanne Kent Location: Fort Collins, CO Team Honduras was again united—this time in Utila—and finally the team members and all Utilian partners were together.  Keri Brondo arrived at the start of July and immediately began connecting and collaborating with our partner …

Introducing the International Pastoralist Association

By: Johnny Sundstrom Location: Colorado Hi, my name is Kelsey and I am going to be blogging about the International Pastoralist Association (IPA) as it progresses. I’m very excited to tell you that our project has been funded by the Center for …

The Search for the Right Questions with Team Honduras

By: Erin McCready Location: Fort Collins, Colorado The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.                             -Claude Levi-Strauss What do we want to learn? …

Colorado Open Lands Tour comes to PCVF

  By: Gailmarie Kimmel Location: Larimer County, Colorado   In early June, Colorado Open Lands (COL) included PVCF’s pilot land soon-to-be purchase in their “2016 Cheers for Conservation” tour.  We were happy to host long-time land conservationists, many from our local …

Farmland Coop gets launched

By: Gailmarie Kimmel Location: Fort Collins, CO Greetings from beautiful northern Colorado, in the foothills of the Southern Rockies. I’m a founding Board member with Poudre Valley Community Farms (PVCF) – the first farmland cooperative in the state, if not in the …

A Little Not Ready

By: Erin McCready I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.                                                                    -Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! I spent the majority of my first CCC meeting focusing on keeping my …

Collaboration in Q’eqchi’

By: Angelia Lane   The Belize project seems to be gaining momentum every day. In case you haven’t been able to follow our progress thus far, we have been diligently working on the development and piloting of the survey, which was …

From Disagree to Agree – The Process of Piloting a Survey

By: Angelia Lane Friday, September 11, 2015 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. …

Project Kickoff in the Last Great Frontier (Team Alaska)

By: 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 …

Fostering Collaboration

By: Angelia Lane Thursday, August 13, 2015 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 …

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 …

Building Trust One Tree at a Time

By: 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, …

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: …

Dissection: A Smelly But Engaging Approach to Collaborative Learning

By: 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. …

A few notes on my CCC project in Mongolia this past summer

By: Jen Higgins   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 …

The Collaborative Colorado Atlas design and creation

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 …

Learning from those who know it best

By Anna Mangan   When I tell people I’m doing field work on the ecology of song birds, I like to think that they imagine remote forests, untrammeled wilderness and not another soul in sight. Well, the trees are green, …

Collaborative conservation in practice: The first REDD+ Academy

 By: Michael Verdone The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism was created in 2005 to conserve forest carbon stocks in addition to the myriad of other benefits forest dependent communities receive from forests. Under the mechanism countries …

World Café: A CCC Workshop – December 9th, 2014 A Personal Reflection

By: Johnny Roos, NR 479 Independent Study Credit on CCC Seminar Series on Perspectives on the Poudre   New Belgium Brewing and the Center For Collaborative Conservation held a “World Café” event with Conversketch‘s doing a live mural depicting our …

Poudre Runs Through It (PRTI) – Cache Le Poudre National Heritage Site

  By: Johnny Roos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6hHNpfeAHE Water is a vital life force for life on our small blue planet and the rivers are often seen as the veins, flowing love and energy from top to bottom and growing green in between. …

Bridging Gaps

By Mikinzie Moydell At the CCC Fellows Training that took place in May, prior to my departure as a summer intern for the Center for Collaborative Conservation and Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA or Alliance), there was one prominent theme …

Exploration of an atlas of collaboratives begins…

By: Greg Newman Ch’aska and I have begun exploring the needs for an atlas of collaborative conservation groups and possible implementation ides for such an atlas. Our work has been informed and guided by the initial vision of the CCC …

My first impressions of Vietnam – simple, warm and beautiful

By: Tanmay Telang It’s been almost a year that I’ve been a part of the Fargreen team . However, 8th of June 2014 turned out to be the first day of my life in Vietnam. Initially I was feeling a …

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 …

Community-based Conservation and a Utopic Vision in Montana

By: R. Patrick Bixler   The Rocky Mountain West with its vast expanse of open spaces and abundant natural resources has always held the allure of being a place for utopic visions. It was here where the manifest destiny of …

What does environmental governance look like? In short: Layered and networked.

By Theresa Jedd Since I began my Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 2009, I have been interested in international forest politics from a global governance perspective. My interest in this area was sparked by coursework in my home department, …

Building a Network

 By: Justin Lee   It feels great to be back in Ecuador! We (my field assistant Mariela Palacios and I) have had a successful week laying the groundwork for our project…getting to know the many people working to conserve a …

Pre-project Considerations (en-route to Cebu, Philippines)

By: David Knight Date: 2012, Cohort 4 Any collaborative conservationist would appreciate and readily receive an extra dose of equanimity. But calmness under pressure is hard to come by these days, especially among emotionally charged opinion seekers like me. As …

Women’s Networking for sustainability in Rio

By Gloria Sumay An event for women’s Networking for sustainable development took place on June 16 at Sinal retreat center in Rio.Women from different parts of the world gathered for networking. Women also participated in planting avocado tree at Sinal …

Ayiti-Ete 2012: Haiti-Summer 2012

By: John McGreevy 16 JUNE 2012 Jou 12: Day 12 Lapli Pa Tonbe: The Rain Does Not Fall After 12 days in country, I feel like I have a solid start to my data collection. I have spent the majority …

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 …

Colorado Conservation Exchange – Collaboration in Action

By: Robin Reid Update: Please visit the new Watershed Inventory that describes the current work and knowledge on watershed health in the Cache la Poudre watershed of northern Colorado, where you can browse a map of activities and projects related to the Poudre, …

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 …