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Wildlands Meeting

In 2012, Silver Creek Institute had an opportunity to secure funding and help coordinate a collaborative effort between the International Wolf Center and like-missioned, habitat-focused organizations that commenced with the “Wildlands Meeting” on October 10, 2013.

The International Wolf Center has long talked about the importance of wildlands in serving its mission. It has worked in numerous ways to incorporate wildlands content and imagery into its work, but it’s been a challenge for the organization whose primary expertise is wolves, to fully integrate habitat information into ongoing education efforts throughout the organization. Through a grant from the Northeast MN Sustainable Development Partnership, Silver Creek Institute helped the Center to intentionally explore opportunities to collaborate with like-missioned, habitat-focused organizations, to see how it can use its expertise to support habitat conservation work. The ultimate goal was to find ways for the Center, as well as other organizations, to have a deep impact on wildlands conservation that will ultimately support the long-term survival of wolf populations.

The Wildlands Meeting provided a process and framework through which the Center could learn about the work and role of regional land conservation organizations, meanwhile sharing information about itself so others could come to know the Center better. As part of the meeting, Center staff presented an educational program about wildlands and wilderness and asked for evaluation of the program from guests. This experience served the organization well by gathering information for improving the program and receiving input on where the Center can go with programming from here.

Outcomes of the meeting may yet unfold; it is it possible that partnerships with specific organizations on specific projects could be rooted in the meeting process. The goal of the meeting however, was to get to know the mission and work of each organization better, explore possibilities to collaborate from an organizational, programmatic or funding level, seek advice and help around messaging and programming from experts in the land conservation field, and develop mutually beneficial and lasting relationships. These goals were met. Silver Creek Institute was pleased to be involved in the process.