Thank you to all conference panelists and participants for contributing to a very successful conference. This conference would not have been possible without the generous support from our co-hosts and sponsors. We are looking forward to hosting another collaborative conservation conference in the fall of 2011. We received many helpful suggestions for topics to visit at the next conference, if not before, and thank you for your valuable feedback!
In many places across the American West and around the world, community-based collaborative initiatives are seeking ways to bridge the gap between conservation and livelihood goals. One of the persistent challenges is sustaining these efforts over time – keeping partners at the table, working through bureaucratic inertia, adapting to changing government policies, or securing resources. This conference brought together people with experience working collaboratively to achieve both conservation and livelihood goals in tribal nations, rangelands, forests, watersheds, agricultural lands, and urban areas, to develop strategies to sustain these efforts. Session panelists discussed their work on water, invasive species, fire, energy, forest health, ecosystem service payments, biodiversity, urbanization, climate change and other issues. We identified strategies to build a broader system for networking, support and learning across diverse collaborative conservation initiatives.