Partners for Western Conservation
- Passive regulations are not working - incentives are
- There is a desire for more and better conservation - landowners want to participate
- Ecosystem services can achieve goals and provide landowner income
- One size does not fit all - flexibility does
- The cost of waiting exceeds the cost of acting
Quadrants of Approach:
- Independently organized private transactions - privately funded for private/regulatory needs
- Publically organized for public benefit - public agencies fund services
- Open trading - compliance credits, banking, etc.
- Consumer or advocate preferred - green values, branding, investing, etc.
The main function of PWC will be to negotiate contracts, manage systems, facilitate contractors, and maintain agreements/credits between the private landowners and the stakeholders. A few of the stakeholders involved in PWC will include landowners, conservation organizations like Environmental Defense Fund, commercial interests, the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Services, and Colorado State University's Center for Collaborative Conservation. These stakeholders will provide direction, consultation, monitoring, and research to PWC's efforts.
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is working cooperatively with Partners for Western Conservation as a contracting organization administering PWC’s day-to-day activities and carrying out the organization’s mission.