Cooperative Conservation Amreica
A Sample of Cooperative Conservation Case Studies
Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic
Project Name: Bog Turtle Recovery, Back from the Brink Program
Location: Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic: New York
Summary: Bog turtle recovery project establishes a new model for targeted recovery of certain types of species through multi-party cooperation on private lands.
Website: www.environmentaldefense.org
Contact: Michael Bean
Sr. Attorney, Ecosystems Program
Environmental Defense
202-387-3500 michael_bean@environmentaldefense.org
 
Project Name: Sawdust Remediation to Protect Endangered Species
Location: Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic: Virginia
Summary: Partners work to remediate the enormous sawdust waste problem in the sensitive karst area in Lee County, Virginia.
Contact: Shane Hanlon
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(276) 623-1233 x 25 shane_hanlon@fws.gov
 
Project Name: Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Resources Policy Committee
Location: Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic: Virginia, West Virginia
Summary: Minimum Instream Flow (MIF) modeling led to development of a draft "Low Flow/Drought Onset Agreement" for the multi-state Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Resources Policy Committee.
Website: www.cnr.vt.edu/fisheries/North_Fork_Shenandoah/NFS_home.htm
Contact: Tom Christoffel
Senior Planner
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
540-636-8800x209 tchrist@shentel.net
 
Southeastern
Project Name: Callaway Conservation
Location: Southeastern: Georgia
Summary: The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation protected 2,507 acres of forest. Forest restoration, education and recreation activities continue under the terms of the conservation easement.
Website: www.callawaygardens.com/development/iccf.htm
Contact: Buford Sanders
Forest Legacy Coordinator
Georgia Forestry Commission
706-542-9939 bsanders@gfc.state.ga.us
 
Project Name: Upper Coosawattee River Watershed
Location: Southeastern: Georgia
Summary: 15 local, state, federal, and non-profit groups form the Upper Coosawattee Alliance facilitates partnerships, identifies funding, and coordinates implementation activities to improve water quality.
Contact: Larry Vanden Bosch
Director of Community and Development Services
North Georgia Regional Development Center
706-272-2300 dceds@ngrdc.org
 
Midwest/Northern High Plains
Project Name: Stewardship Network
Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains: Michigan
Summary: By creating grassroots conservation communities, the Network increases capacity to care for natural lands and waters so that the sum of natural areas protection is greater than its parts.
Website: www.stewardshipnetwork.org
Contact: Lisa Brush
Executive Director
The Stewardship Network
734/996-3190 lbrush@umich.edu
 
Project Name: Detroit River Conservation Partnerships
Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains: Michigan
Summary: A community comes together to address heavily polluted river corridors, while restoring wildlife habitat and preserving recreational uses.
Contact: John Hartig
Refuge Manager
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
734-692-7608 John_Hartig@fws.gov
 
Project Name: Calumet Initiative
Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains: Illinois, Indiana
Summary: A coalition working to revitalize both the Rustbelt economy and the significant ecological riches of Calumet.
Website: www.cityofchicago.org/environment
Contact: Suzanne Malec
Deputy Commissioner
Chicago Department of Environment
312-744-7468 smalec@cityofchicago.org
 
Project Name: Nebraska City Citizens and Science Group - Missouri River Adaptive Management Pilot Project
Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains: Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska
Summary: The NCC&SG is working to identify, select and implement, through a collaborative and adaptive process, pilot projects and/or models to support river recovery and community revitalization.
Contact: Jennifer Pratt Miles
Mediator
Meridian Institute
970-513-8340 ext. 213 jprattmiles@merid.org
 
Project Name: Phalen Corridor Brownfields Redevelopment
Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains: Minnesota
Summary: Inner city decay is revitalized with parks, schools, housing, and employment by community and stakeholder outreach, planning and volunteerism.
Website: www.phalencorridor.org
Contact: Curt Milburn
Project Director
Phalen Corridor
651-772-6220 cmilburn@phalencorridor.org
 
South-Central/South-West
Project Name: Bob Long Safe Harbor
Location: South-Central/South-West: Texas
Summary: Recovery of the Houston toad by providing safe harbor assurances and incentives to private landowners for their participation in habitat restoration and enhancement
Contact: David Wolfe
Scientist
Environmental Defense
(512) 478-5161 dwolfe@environmentaldefense.org
 
Project Name: Southeastern New Mexico Working Group
Location: South-Central/South-West: New Mexico
Summary: Goal: To create a conservation strategy for the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard that will lessen the need for federal protection while allowing for ranching and oil & gas development.
Website: www.redlodgeclearinghouse.org/stories/senewmexicowg.html
Contact: Bob Findling
Conservation Project Director
The Nature Conservancy
(505) 988-1542 rfindling@tnc.org
 
Project Name: Thunderbird/Tajique Landscape Projects
Location: South-Central/South-West: New Mexico
Summary: Two landscape-scale projects with large partnerships are working to reduce fire hazard, improve forest health, and create jobs for community sustainability.
Website: www.fs.fed.us/projects/hfi/examples/cibola-nf.shtml
Contact: Phil Archuleta
Chief Executive Office
P&M Signs
505-847-2850 info@pmsignsinc.com
 
Project Name: Pathfinder Project on the Colorado “GMUG” National Forests
Location: South-Central/South-West: Colorado
Summary: Pathfinders developed 27 strategies to achieve instream flows without imposing federal restrictions on water diversions in 3 Colorado National Forests.
Website: www.gmugpathfinder.org
Contact: Chris Treese
External Affairs
Colorado River Water Conservation District
970-945-8522 ctreese@crwcd.gov
 
Project Name: Dry Hollow Agricultural and Wildlife Preservation Initiative
Location: South-Central/South-West: Colorado
Summary: A private, non-profit land trust uses conservation easements to help landowners preserve nine working ranches and wildlife preserves in the rural, scenic Dry Hollow drainage prized as wildlife habitat
Website: www.avlt.org
Contact: Martha Cochran
Executive Director
Aspen Valley Land Trust
970-963-8440 marthac@avlt.org
 
Project Name: Texas Hill Country Land Owner Conservation Assistance Program
Location: South-Central/South-West: Texas
Summary: Challenge is to restore and enhance habitat on ranchland that serves the needs of the Black Capped Vireo and the Golden-Cheeked Warbler, both listed species. All project sites are on private lands.
Contact: Kim Sharp
Program Coordinator
Environmental Defense
512-478-5161 ksharp@ed.org
 
Far West
Project Name: Keizer Rapids Regional Community Park
Location: Far West: Oregon
Summary: The Keizer Rapids Park demonstrates how the Willamette American Heritage Rivers Initiative works with local partners to provide leverage for projects and build community capacity.
Website: www.keizer.org/publicworks/Rapids/FactSheet.pdf
Contact: Mark A. Brown
Willamette River Navigator
BLM
(541) 520-3886 mark_brown@blm.gov
 
Project Name: Clearwater National Forest/Nez Perce Tribe Aquatic Restoration Partnership
Location: Far West: Idaho
Summary: A collaborative effort between the Clearwater National Forest, the Nez Perce Tribe & other partners to restore watershed conditions and anadramous fisheries habitat in Idaho's Clearwater River Basin.
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r1/clearwater/ResourceProg/watershed/watershed.htm
Contact: Anne Connor
Aquatic Restoration Engineer
USDA Forest Service Clearwater National Forest
(208) 476-8235 aconnor@fs.fed.us
 
Project Name: Maidu Stewardship Project
Location: Far West: California
Summary: This project seeks to demonstrate traditional Mountain Maidu forest management techniques that restore whole ecosystems and to protect culturally significant sites.
Website: www.redlodgeclearinghouse.org/stories/maidustewardship.html
Contact: Lorena Gorbet
Coordinator
Maidu Cultural and Development Group
(530) 284-1601 mcdg@frontiernet.net
 
Project Name: Salton Sea Region Air Quality and Human Health Impacted Due to Lowering Water Level
Location: Far West: California
Summary: Partnership investigation that identifies best approach for habitat restoration and reduction of dust levels from exposed bottom sediments with lowered lake level.
Contact: Pat Chavez
Research Scientist
U. S. Geological Survey
928-556-7221 pchavez@usgs.gov