Connecting for Conservation

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Facilitating and supporting collaboration in the Four Corners Region.

Connecting for Conservation is a networking program to encourage partnerships and coordinate collective action across a range of non-profits, agencies, owners and disciplines in the Four Corners. Connecting for Conservation was an idea borne from the realization that many organizations in the Four Corners share conservation goals and interests, but lacks the resources to bring these goals to fruition as singular, isolated efforts.

Connecting for Conservation provides an opportunity for agencies, non-profits, tribal entities and the public to collaborate, partner and share resources to accomplish common conservation goals. Connecting for Conservation is the proactive answer to the need for organizational collaboration and shared resources among conservation-minded entities in the Four Corners. Partners come together to identify issues and develop relationships that can address those issues. 

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Partners and contributors that support Connecting for Conservation include, San Juan National Forest, Mesa Verde National Park, MSI, Farmington and Tres Rios BLM Field Offices, Southwest Water Conservation District, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, BHP Biliton, Ecosphere Environmental Services, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Four Corners School and Mesa Verde Museum Association.

Partner activities and efforts event calendar

Email Esmé, Esme@mountainstudies.org, if you have a partner activity or collaborative event you would like us to post.

2014 Workshop highlights

One hundred people attended the 2014 workshop from forty different organizations, three states, and two tribal nations. Five new partnerships were formed around the break out session themes of conversation: invasive weed management, climate resilient strategies, education research collaborative, economic health, and water quality improvements. More than $200,000 in new funding and in-kind services was a direct result of the 2014 workshop.

A giant THANK YOU to our sponsors, partners, and participants of the May 20 and 21 Workshop. It was a great success. Almost 100 people attended Day 1 and over 60 attended Day 2. Three collaborative efforts were identified during the event: One to address weeds across the landscape, one to facilitate the economic well being of groups working in the Four Corners, and one to facilitate thinking around communities and climate change. Another opportunity was identified for the utilization of existing platforms to expand understanding of efforts addressing water issues in the Four Corners.

This was a workshop that was full of networking opportunities. Attendees 1) met potential partners and collaborators, 2) advanced partnering skills, and 3) learned how to make collaborative efforts stronger.

Conference details:

WHEN: May 20 & 21, 2014

WHERE: Fort Lewis College, Student Union Center, Durango, CO

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ellen Roberts, Colorado State Senate District 6

FREE EVENING EVENT discussing local partnership efforts - Open to the Public

  1. Hermosa Creek Legislation and the River Protection Workgroup
  2. Animas Watershed Partnership
  3. San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership

Connecting for Conservation Luncheons

October 2014

October 29th, 2014 luncheon agenda and notes

March 2015

March 4th, 2015 luncheon agenda