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Oregon State University
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Oregon State University


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Cispus Institute

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Oregon State University College of Forestry

OSU Forestry & Natural
Resources Extension


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LaSells Stewart Center
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon



Collaboration that WORKS!
Strategies, Techniques and Tools for Results

Making tough natural resource decisions by a varied coalition of partners can be difficult. Collaboration requires shared commitment, resources, funding, and experience from all participants to be successful. Working collaboratively is a laudable goal for natural resource management, yet many who participate find the experience time-consuming, frustrating… and expensive! This event will highlight strategies, tools, and resources collaborative groups can use to make their efforts as efficient and effective as possible.

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What is the Cispus Institute?
Cispus Institute in the MountainsThe Cispus Institute is a team of natural resource professionals with on-the-ground experience working with people to resolve natural resource issues. For over 40 years they have conducted,
The Cispus Workshop: Collaborative Natural Resource Management, an annual training for 80-100 natural resource professionals focused on proven, innovative communication and collaboration skills. 

More about the Cispus Workshop can be found at:

Who Should Attend?
Natural resource agency, institution and non-profit individuals who engage in collaborative planning and who have a vested interest in leading and participating in successful collaboration efforts. All partners, practitioners, and staff can benefit from this event designed for participants to share their experiences, learn new tools and techniques, and build their confidence in conducting current and future natural resource projects.

Keynote Speakers

Collaborative Integrity: Tony Faast, Director, Cascade Outreach Institute and Sue Disciple, Principal, Sue Disciple Group

Collaboration in Action: Connie Hatfield, Hatfield's High Desert Ranch in Brothers, Oregon,

A fast-paced, interactive event, focused on Collaboration and its success!

Brought to you by The Cispus Institute, in partnership with the Oregon State University, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension

Dates: December 6 -7, 2012


LaSells Stewart Center
875 Southwest 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Early Registration Fee: $175

Late Registration Fee: increases to $200 after Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Online registration closes at midnight on Friday, November 30.

Registration includes all conference materials, USB key, and the following meals:

Thursday, December 6:
Light refreshments in the morning and afternoon

Friday, December 7:

Doc and Connie Hatfield are co-founders of Oregon Country Beef and have been nationally recognized speakers on sustainable beef production.  The Hatfield’s own and manage Hatfield's High Desert Ranch in Brothers, Oregon, where they have become leaders in watershed management and ecologically sensitive livestock grazing.

Connie Hatfield and her husband the late Doc Hatfield were instrumental in bringing landowners, agencies, and environmentalists together to discuss the impacts of livestock grazing on the riparian areas located on Trout Creek Mountain. At risk was the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. The Trout Creek Mountain experience demonstrates how people representing varied and often opposing interests can build bridges of understanding and common interest between concerned constituencies, and work collaboratively for successful results.  In this session we will watch a video of the initial collaborative effort that resulted in a new management plan that was biologically sound. Connie will then share her perspective on what made the collaboration process work, talk about what has happened since the management plan was completed, and share her story of how this group has worked over the years to keep the collaborative process rolling along as new issues arise.

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