Conservation conference promotes collaborative efforts in western US

The inaugural Confluence 2020 Conference to be held at Colorado State University March 10-12 is aimed at connecting members of over 100 conservation groups from western states to discuss community-based, collaborative conservation efforts.

The three-day conference, hosted by CSU’s Western Collaborative Conservation Network, will include speakers, panel sessions and workshops covering topics related to organizing and managing impactful collaborative conservation groups. Topics include fundraising, social media management and incorporation of diversity and inclusivity.

Members of the WCCN.
Members of the WCCN.

Several peer-to-peer and connecting sessions will allow face-time among members of the visiting groups. In the sessions, participants can build collaboration skills and network across regions, which is the aim of the conference, said organizer Heather Knight, director of practice at the CSU Center for Collaborative Conservation.

“The word ‘confluence’ means a flowing together, joining or meeting point of two rivers,” Knight said. “Our goal is for the Confluence 2020 conference at CSU to be a connecting place for ideas and innovation in collaborative conservation.”

The Confluence 2020 conference is open to the public. Full, three-day registration is $100 for community members and professionals and $25 for students. Single-day registration for March 11 is $50.

The Western Collaborative Conservation Network is a program within the Center for Collaborative Conservation at the Warner College of Natural Resources. The growing network is co-facilitated by CSU and the University of Montana and now comprised of seven western states. It promotes and supports community-based, collaborative conservation efforts to strengthen and sustain healthy landscapes, communities and economies.

Register today on the Confluence 2020 website. View the full schedule on the Center for Collaborative Conservation website.