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Collaboration - 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




Parker, Melanie, speaker
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In 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.


CCC Special Seminar Presented by: Melanie Parker, Northwest Connections and CCC Special Guest. Held on January 31, 2014.
Melanie has helped to lead place-based collaborative conservation initiatives in Montana's Swan Valley for the past 17 years. She is the Executive Director of Northwest Connections, and a member of the Southwest Crown Collaborative, one of the 23 national pilots of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Northwest Connections also hosts undergraduate field study programs in collaborative conservation, courses where students live, study and participate in collaborative conservation projects.
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