Partners for Conservation was honored to serve as a co-convener for the first Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN) Confluence held March 10-12 at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Individual practitioners representing all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, landowners, academics and private industry that engages in the practice of collaborative, multi-perspective conservation across the Intermountain West gathered for two full days of training, learning, and sharing.

Through a series of plenaries, breakouts and other small group activities the 100 plus attendees were able to learn about all aspects of collaborative conservation, from the importance of civility, transparent communication, trust and credibility through to funding, managing and communicating about the great work that collaborative efforts are engaged in–all skills essential to sustaining the ecological, economic and social systems in landscapes across the west. This was the launch event for the WCCN (part of CSU’s Center for Collaborative Conservation) whose function is to help support collaborative efforts and practitioners across the West.

Photo credit: Artwork from graphic recording artist Carrie Frickman of Heartwood Visuals does a great job of capturing the work of the Western Collaborative Conservation Network Confluence 2020.