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Western Collaborative Conservation Network 
The Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN) promotes and supports community-based collaborative conservation efforts that strengthen and sustain healthy landscapes, vibrant communities, and thriving economies. 
 A broad, regional network, covering over 7 states in the intermountain west, the WCCN works to advance the practice of collaborative conservation and build the collaborative capacity of groups by: 
  • Increasing awareness of and support for the community based collaborative conservation approach
  • Supporting state-level and sub-regional networks
  • Engaging and preparing current and future collaborative leaders with collaboration skills and tools
  • Promoting public policy to enable and sustain community-based collaborative conservation
  • Building funding capacity 
Check out the website and sign up for WCCN updates: 
To get involved in the WCCN, contact: 
Heather Knight: Center for Collaborative Conservation, Colorado State University
Arizona Cross Watershed Network
The Arizona Cross Watershed Network (AZ XWN) is a network of watershed partnerships, organizations, agencies, universities, and other local and state-wide partners who are working to improve the health of watersheds and watershed communities in Arizona. Their central mission is to create a more resilient, adaptive, and interconnected community of watershed practitioners across the state to foster collaboration and increase their collective impact by: 
  • Fostering peer-to-peer learning, information exchange, and collaborative problem solving
  • Collaborating to address critical cross-cutting challenges, gaps, needs, and opportunities
  • Coordinating, aligning and leveraging partners and resources
To get involved in the AZ XWN, contact: 
Tahnee Robertson: Southwest Decision Resources
Melissa McMaster: Mariposa Botanical and Ecological Consulting, LLC
Southwest Collaborative Support Network 
The mission of the Southwest Collaborative Support Network (SWCSN) is to transform how stakeholders work collaboratively to conserve, restore, and sustain large landscapes and their natural and human communities through building capacity and peer-to-peer support among the facilitators and leaders that work with these collaboratives. SWCSN facilitators work closely with collaborative partners, funders, agency leaders, and community members to foment leadership skills that enhance effective collaborative practices. 
Emphasizing peer-to-peer learning and action, SWCSN convenes facilitators, coordinators, and leaders of collaborative groups to build a support network that will: 
  • Identify critical needs and actions to support effective collaboration
  • Document and share lessons, approaches and methods for designing, supporting, promoting and informing collaboratives throughout their lifecycle
  • Co-develop and share materials and resources that foster a capacity-building approach/strategy for participants, leaders, and facilitators of collaboratives who want to build their skills for designing, facilitating, supporting and making new and existing collaboratives more efficient and effective
  • Encourage cross-visits by facilitators to strengthen peer-to-peer sharing and networking across collaborative groups
  • Organize annual face-to-face meetings and monthly online discussions for coordinators and facilitators, and peer-to-peer workshops and gatherings for collaborative participants 
  • Assist collaborative groups in securing funding to improve collaborative capacity
The SWCSN supports the capacity building and goals of the Western Collaborative Conservation Network and the Cross-Watershed Network 
To get involved in the SWCSN, contact: 
Tahnee Roberton: Southwest Decision Resources
Alan Barton: New Mexico Highlands University
Aaron Kimple: Mountain Studies Institute

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.