Collaboration Resources

Through Conservation Connect , the National Forest Foundation documents tools, best practices and structural examples of collaborative processes in short, readable formats to create this Collaborative Resources "Toolbox" of shared knowledge. The best practices and tools generally provide a brief summary to give context to the issue, with the actual tool or model document attached. The collaborative examples offer a description of process structure, how challenges were overcome, keys to success and lessons learned. The purpose of these documents is to enable easy sharing of innovation and creativity in the field of collaborative stewardship.

Learning Topics and Tools

The Learning Topics and Tools pages host a rich array of examples, best practices, and other resources for practitioners working in the field of conservation and collaboration. The resources are organized around several highly relevant topics:

Peer Learning Sessions

Peer Learning Sessions are 90-minute teleconference discussions around key issues collaborators face when working on National Forest issues.

The Peer Learning Sessions page displays upcoming Peer Learning Sessions, and the information required for partner groups or agency personnel to register and join the Session. The site also features an extensive library of previous Peer Learning Session recordings, organized around common topics.


The National Forest Foundation (NFF) provides direct technical assistance to organizations and National Forests across the country. The Projects page highlights ongoing collaborative projects that are benefiting from NFF technical assistance.

Wilderness Volunteers

Below, conservation practitioners can find a selection of valuable resources on a number of topics. Many of these resources - and others - are also available on the appropriate Learning Topics and Tools topic page.

Best Practices

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) documents the great ideas and creative approaches used by community-based collaboratives and partnerships. The best practices listed below include a one-page summary, followed by a sample document or agreement that we think is a good template for other groups.


Sometimes collaborative group members or nonprofits know what they want to achieve, but are not quite sure what steps to take to get there. The tools listed below are some of the best guides we have found to help organizations clarify roles and responsibilities, determine needs and an appropriate action plan, manage transitions, assess strengths and weaknesses, raise money in rural areas, and work with volunteers.

Collaborative Examples

When a group of diverse interests first comes together, it is often helpful to learn from the models provided by other collaborations. The purpose of the following collaborative examples is to outline the structures used by different collaborative groups, including an assessment of what worked as well as lessons learned.


Not finding what you need here? Email Karen DiBari or call (406) 830-3352 for information and referral.