Collaboration Resource Finder Tool (CRAFT)

Welcome to CRAFT, a tool to help you find resources and learning opportunities to build your collaborative capacity.

Building Capacity for
Collaborative Conservation

The mission of the Practice Program is to build capacity for collaborative conservation in current and future practitioners. Increased collaboration builds stronger communities and creates enduring conservation actions.

Conservation practitioners today need to be highly competent technically and also engage effectively with diverse people to solve complex conservation challenges.

Collaborative capacity refers to skills and tools that enable conservation practitioners to be better prepared for successfully addressing the complexity of emerging conservation issues. The CCC works directly with practitioners to design and implement this program. 

Practice Program Impacts

70K raised to support
conservation practitioners

250 practitioners

100 conservation leaders
attended two workshops

35 practitioners volunteer
to design a regional network

30 practitioners trained
at national conservation
finance boot camp

1 new tool under
development to conserve
western rangelands &
support new ranchers

1 Peaks to People water
fund launched

1 Western Collaborative
Conservation Network
created & launched

Practice Program Timeline & Products

Summer 2016

Practice Program &
Advisory Team
(PPAT) formed:

17 conservation leaders guide the development of the practice program

Winter 2016/2017

Needs Assessment:

Interviewed 65 conservation leaders, collaborative conservation skills, tools, capacity 

Summer 2017

Conservation Finance Boot Camp:

Co-hosted national training on conservation finance for conservation practitioners


Western Rangelands Conservation Fund:

Co-developed conservation fund concept & conducted feasibility analysis

Spring 2018

CBCC Workshop:

60 conservation leaders designed an action plan to build collaborative capacity of community-based conservation efforts across 7 western states

Summer 2018

Peaks to People: 1st
voluntary watershed
investment fund in

Businesses, organizers, individuals & landowners recognize the need to protect forested watersheds on Colorado Front Range

Spring 2019

CBCC network Gathering:

Regional Network Leadership Team & conservation leaders provide input on Network design

Collaboration Resource Finder Tool (CRAFT):

Launched a searchable database of existing collaborative conservation learning opportunities and resources

Summer 2019

Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN):

Completed design of regional network to promote and support community based collaborative conservation efforts that strengthen and sustain healthy landscapes, vibrant communities and thriving economies

Spring 2020

WCCN Launch Event:

Inaugural gathering of the conservation community to build collaborative capacity across the West