Item Open AccessTrail network in Chiapas: linking people, ecosystems and ideas(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-01-28) Boné, Eduardo, speakerChiapas is one of Mexico's most biologically and culturally diverse states, but also the poorest in the country. A vast network of pre-Colombian, colonial era and modern trails connect indigenous and rural communities throughout the state. It also functions as a natural corridor system used by wildlife connecting different protected areas ranging from rain and oak-pine forests to mangrove ecosystems. Unlike the USA, protected areas are inhabited and communally owned, and the role of the government is to promote wise land use and stewardship in partnership with local communities and private landowners. This seminar will present the results of "Caminando Chiapas", a project to use this network as a catalyst to diversify economic activities, build local capacities linked with ecotourism enterprises, as well as a tool to connect natural protected areas along the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor from Mexico to Panama. To date "Caminando Chiapas" has mapped 35 trails (171 miles) in Southeast Mexico and 22 trails (53 miles) in Panama creating alliances with local communities and authorities. We still have 6000 more miles to hike together! Item Open AccessTet Ansanm: working with "Heads Together" in Haitian reforestation(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-02-25) McGreevy, John, speakerHaiti's area of forest cover has dropped from 80% to less than 2% since the arrival of foreign influence in 1492. Yet, Haitians remain closely intertwined with the environment, depending on trees for food, shade, building materials, medicine, and protection against hurricanes. Organizations have attempted to reforest Haiti, but 50 years of planting has provided only temporary tree cover. From lack of sustainable outcomes, conservation professionals now cite the need for cultural knowledge and Haitian input. Qualitative research near Anse Rouge, Haiti has harnessed aspects from different knowledge types and helped to situate this deforestation in a historical context. This seminar addresses the history of deforestation, the culture of tree use, and how to work Tet Ansanm or "With Heads Together" to combat the deforestation that plagues Haiti. Item Open AccessGreen business development in Indian country(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-02-11) Gaechter, Lacey, speakerIn her Tribal Business Development Program, Lacey is helping create "green" livelihoods on Native American reservations in the United States, where there is little hope for other employment options, especially those that honor the Native tradition of respect and care for the resources of Mother Earth. Her presentation will focus on the successes and challenges of her 2013 Native American Green Business Development Training, hosted on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the subsequent Award process, designed to offer one start-up business with capital and technical assistance. Item Open AccessCross-cultural communication of knowledge and study results: a case for Mongolia(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-04-08) Ulambayar, Tungalag, speaker; Unidentified speakerTungaa's fellowship project aimed to support the outreach objectives of the Mongolian Rangelands and Resilience (MOR2) project of Colorado State University by implementing two activities. The first was to create a nation-wide radio program targeted to the learning needs of pastoral herders and the second was to contribute to increasing research capacity of Mongolian students to conduct studies using MOR2 data. Her radio program communicated preliminary research results of MOR2 regarding effects of collaborative management practices of formally organized community groups on their livelihoods, social relations as well as resource conditions contributing to their resilience to climate change. The project was implemented for a 4-month period starting from mid-June, 2012. Proposed activities took place both in Mongolia and U.S.A in collaboration with the Mongolian National Radio, individual young researchers based in Mongolia and the CSU MOR2 team members. Lessons learned from the fellowship project include that scientists should provide feedback to local communities after their survey taken in their places. In Mongolian condition summer time is not very good time to broadcast educational program on radio. Designing short-term training requires extra careful consideration of content in order to prevent incomplete understanding of the key topics. Item Open AccessCollaborative conservation at CSU: where are we now and where should we go?(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-03-25) Reid, Robin, speaker; Unidentified speakerColorado State University has tremendous strengths in collaborative governance and conservation across campus. We started the Center for Collaborative Conservation 6 years ago to build upon and magnify that strength. In the process, we created a set of programs that attempt to build the ability of students, faculty and conservation practitioners to be more successful in collaborative efforts. Please come to this short seminar and long discussion to suggest how we might go forward together to take collaborative governance and conservation at CSU to even higher levels. Item Open AccessCollaboration - why it's hard, why it's frustrating, and why I still think it is the way forward: reflections on collaboration in Montana's Crown of the Continent(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-01-31) Parker, Melanie, speaker; Unidentified speakerIn the 1990's, collaborative efforts sprung up in small towns all across the American West. Most were born out of local citizen efforts to address seemingly intractable conflicts around natural resource management. Since that time, local collaborative groups have given way to more regional collaborative efforts, and collaboration has begun to find itself codified in law and agency best practices. Melanie will be sharing her own reflections on the current practice of collaboration and hopes to also engage in a thoughtful discussion regarding the merits of this approach to natural resource management. Item Open AccessUsing pocket science to learn together on the Uncompahgre Plateau(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2014-04-22) Matonis, Megan, authorMegan will discuss the use of pocket science to engage citizens in asking ecological questions and learning about historical forest structure on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Pocket science involves the collection of simple and smart observations to learn from management activities. It's not expensive and complicated like rocket science! All you need are simple tools like a GPS unit and camera, and more importantly, an inquisitive mind open to surprises and new insights.