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Adaptive, Community-Based Conservation
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This course presents an integrated ecosystem approach to conservation. Guiding principles of conservation biology, particularly landscape ecology precepts and conservation planning, are discussed and developed into an implementation framework. The course integrates ecological theory and application, theory and practice of public involvement, and adaptive management. Participants learn strategic methods to implement ecological principles through comprehensive class exercises, using a hypothetical but realistic ecosystem conservation scenario.

Conservation Partnerships in Practice
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recognizes the value of landscape-level conservation and collaborative natural resource management. Individuals often face challenges, however, in determining how to develop collaborative partnerships with local landowners, agencies, organizations and tribes. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to interact directly with partners who are currently involved in very successful programs. It is a hands-on experiential workshop that allows participants a chance to work through their own partnership programs, or potential new ones, by talking with other successful partners and having open discussions about the elements that make a landscape-level partnership successful. Activities and discussions will also help participants find the strengths in their own landscape-level conservation projects and programs and determine the additional resources they will need to maximize their successes.

Building Community Support
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

While resource professionals have often received excellent academic training in the biological sciences-and thereby have the technical know-how to manage the resource-they often face overwhelming opposition from individuals or interest groups to proposed plans. An examination of many case studies (e.g., ACE Basin, SC; Blackfoot Valley, MT, Heron Lake Restoration Project, MN) has revealed two approaches that will dramatically increase the chances of plan implementation. These approaches result in partial or complete "buy-in" to plans, and help motivate the community to find financial support.

Green Infrastructure: A Strategic Approach to
Natural Resource Planning and Conservation
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

Green Infrastructure represents an interconnected network of natural areas and working landscapes that support native species, maintain ecological processes, sustain air and water resources, and contribute to the health and quality of life for citizens. Through lecture, case studies, and class exercises, this course will introduce participants to the concepts and values of green infrastructure; to innovative tools and techniques for planning, designing, and implementing green infrastructure networks; and to successful approaches for integrating green infrastructure into local, regional, state and national land use plans, policies, practices, land protection strategies, watershed planning, and community decisions.

GIS Design for Regional Conservation Planning
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

Learn how to design a geographic information system (GIS) for a community, region, watershed, or field station to facilitate conservation planning and decision-making. Participants collaborate with other conservation GIS developers to identify system design needs and develop user-friendly systems. Participants use GIS software to learn vector and raster-based analysis techniques and apply these to a realistic conservation problem. This course was developed in cooperation with The Conservation Fund and the University of Florida. College Credit: 2 semester hours.

Principles of Modeling for Conservation and Analysis
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

Participants will acquire knowledge of the techniques and concepts of modeling for natural resources. Session topics include introductions to Modeling, Decision Analysis, Expert Systems, Ecosystem Modeling, and Spatially Explicit Models and their use in making conservation decisions. Lecture and discussions include hands-on experience with spreadsheets that illustrate the values, limitations, and appropriate applications of models.

Resolving Complex Environmental Issues
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This course is an in-depth study of a process for building consensus on environmental issues that are often contentious and that involve multiple stakeholders. The process involves a collaborative problem solving approach to reaching consensus, using both informal and formal methods. The intent of the course is to provide the "big picture" of what is typically a long-term trek across a complex landscape of social change. The course helps participants build the necessary knowledge of, and skills in, topics ranging from relationship-building to interest-based negotiating. During training, participants learn and practice these skills through interactive training methods, including case studies of real issues.

Effective Facilitation
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This course is intended for those employees who have or are expected to have responsibilities as facilitators in their respective agencies. Methodologies in the course are a combination of theory presentation, large group discussion and skill practice. Students are given several opportunities to apply their learning as facilitators during videotaped sessions. They will give and receive feedback with other participants and instructors.

Team Start-Up
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This highly interactive course helps newly formed teams get off to the right start by introducing team members to the fundamentals of teamwork

Team Effectiveness Training
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This course gives established teams the opportunity to identify their own training needs and then receive customized training to improve effectiveness. The team completes an assessment that indicates areas of need. The subsequent amount of training (one to six days) is based on the team's assessed need. Six months after the training, the team completes another assessment to identify improvements.

Negotiation Strategies and Techniques
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

This course helps participants learn to apply a "win-win," interest-based negotiating process, resulting in favorable agreements for all parties involved. The course is interactive, giving participants an opportunity to practice techniques that are presented.

Grant Writing for Conservation
National Conservation Training Center, 304-876-7472

Learn how to interweave the grant proposal writing process and strategic thinking for successful grant management once the grant is awarded. Learn to cultivate relationships with partners or funding organizations to support projects that promote and maintain conservation and natural resource management. Topics include pre-project planning, alternative funding sources, and writing a solid grant proposal. Bring a potential grant project with you to work on during the course. You will develop a grant application and critique the critical parts of a successful grant proposal.

Last updated: September 24, 2012