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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. 

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 to help the people and landscapes he loved, and making special friendships as he always did wherever he went. Each time he returned home he would say to me, “Dad, when we go to Kenya, I’m...

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 design, anthropology, and humanitarian engineering, I felt very lucky to be a part of this multinational interdisciplinary team that included engineers, geographers, ranchers, conservationists, and...

Perspectives on Kenya from a Montana Rancher

By: 
Denny Iverson
Location: 
Potomac, MT

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 of academics with varying degrees in varying disciplines? Well I guess it all starts with the fact that for nearly 20 years I’ve been a board member of an organization called the...

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 the farmland property has been awarded and a preliminary appraisal has also been completed. • February 2017: We are under contract for the...

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...

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