Collaborative Conservation

Collaborative Conservation

We believe that in collaboration lies opportunity. We work with you to develop a custom collaboration framework for bringing key parties together to strategically analyze options and manage interests concerning natural resource and environmental challenges, including NEPA requirements. Through shared understanding, newly functional relationships that are crucial to successful collaboration begin to emerge, revealing alternative solutions that would otherwise remain undiscovered. When conflict does arise, we work with parties to find common ground, build trust, dissolve barriers and allow new dialogue to flow.

 

 

By engaging in a collaborative process, we offer you:

  • Decreased risk and uncertainty
  • A voluntary, flexible approach that is responsive and accountable to needs and concerns of the parties involved
  • Greater participation from all parties, bringing all issues to light from the outset
  • Foundational understanding of environmental concerns and requirements
  • Avoidance of future conflict as parties reach satisfactory agreement
  • Cost savings through project streamlining and the avoidance of litigation and project delays

In addition to being accomplished facilitators and conflict resolution specialists, we also offer our clients a background based in years of technical expertise in conservation science and planning. We work with clients on issues ranging from transportation to community planning to energy development. Our understanding of the regulatory framework and conservation approaches keeps the collaboration process moving forward, exploring options, producing outcomes, and enabling smooth implementation.

 

Select Projects

Implementation and Accountability Framework for Resource Agencies and Stakeholders along the I-70 Mountain Corridor

Client: Colorado Department of Transportation

Objective: Facilitate a sub-committee of state and federal agencies and community stakeholders to create a process for ensuring that the appropriate inputs, consideration and outcomes are considered at each of phase of a project in the I-70 Corridor.

Outcome: This framework provides specific guidance for a transparent and inclusive process for implementing the goals of an interagency Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on improving conditions for wildlife in the I-70 Mountain Corridor.

Highway 550 Stakeholder Collaboration and Project Implementation

Client: Colorado Department of Transportation, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Objective: Convene a multi-stakeholder effort and inform designs to improve safety and reduce animal-vehicle collisions along eight miles of Highway 550 in western Colorado. Parties included CDOT, Ouray County, the Town of Ridgway, Ridgway State Park and the San Juan Corridors Coalition.

Outcome: This project resulted in the permanent closure of ineffective one-way deer gates and the construction of eight escape ramps designed to allow deer and elk to escape a fenced-in highway right-of-way.

Building Collaborations among Biologists and Engineers

The staff at ECO-resolutions LLC has conducted a number of group facilitations involving state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and stakeholders to manage varied interests and build consensus. We have organized and taught several multi-day workshops and conferences to tackle complex issues in the planning, design, construction, and operations of roadway infrastructure to avoid, mitigate and compensate ecological impacts:

    • Wildlife Crossings Field Course in Roslyn, Washington (2008);
    • Wildlife Crossing Planning, Design and Construction, continuing education course at the University of Colorado, Denver (2007);
    • Integrating Biology and Engineering: Practical Solutions to Highway Permeability for Wildlife, workshop at Colorado State University (2005).

Photo captured 6/20/07 at 10:11pm, Vail Pass, Colorado