CCC Blog

Welcome to the CCC blog site! The CCC Blog is a place where people can connect, learn, and share about collaborative conservation – what works, what doesn’t, lessons learned, resources, opportunities - and most importantly, network with others interested in collaborative conservation. We hope that the CCC Blog will build on our mission of understanding, supporting, and achieving conservation through collaboration. 

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

By: 
Gailmarie Kimmel
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 acres, Poudre Valley Community Farms ( PVCF) is 1) reaching out to other young producers locally to start discussing how PVCF might help stabilize their farm operations with community-ownership of the farmland. I've...

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

By: 
Tony Quy Van Khuc
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 a lot to the local people in terms of its history and high biodiversity because of its unique peatlands. After our preparations were completed, our journey began. We started the trip flying from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and went to UMTNP by bus...

Gearing Up For Our Trip to Kenya

By: 
Hannah Gosnell
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 and their country, Team US West-Kenya is gearing up for our next opportunity to meet in person, this time in Kenya! Several US team members, including Johnny Sundstrom, Robin Reid, Kendra Sharp, Brett...

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, Executive Director. This was directly following the highly successful Symposium on the “Future of Pastoralism” held at Oregon State University. Though...

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, an entity which redirects a portion of state lottery proceeds into preserving/protecting/enhancing Colorado's natural heritage. We will know the results in early...

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 Collaborative Conservation through the Fellows Program, making us proudly a part of Cohort 8. To start off this blog series, let me begin with a little bit of background on the project. Our...

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 organizations and others in the community. Cheri Smarr-Foster, Suzanne Kent and Daryl Stephens arrived in mid-July. The U.S.-based team members immersed themselves in the...

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? How can we both differentiate ourselves from and build upon the research that has come before? Who should we meet with? In what language should we communicate? What does the community care about? Are there imbalances in the power and influence of some and how can we overcome...

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 area and new to PVCF, and to introduce our new model for mulit-win farmland succession and land preservation. We were lucky to have perfect Colorado weather, blue skies et al. We are...

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 whole US. Our mission is to purchase threatened farmland on the urban fringe so retiring farmers can get their much-needed retirement monies out of the land and still leave an...

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