BASIC CO-OP GUIDE
National Wildlife Cooperative strives to serve co-op members with information, guidance, and expertise on how to form, maintain, and grow wildlife co-operatives in their local communities. Partnering with wildlife and conservation professionals, we strive to provide quality assistance and information to co-op members. This simple - common sense - guide to co-op formation will serve our members with information to help start and grow their wildlife co-op.
Cooperatives are a great tool for wildlife conservation implementation and success, but starting one can be daunting. Are my neighbors even interested? What does a "co-op" entail for me? Will I retain control of my own property for hunting rights? What species can co-ops align around? We provide this 6 question checklist as a step-by-step guide to determine if a co-op is for you.
Mapping your co-op takes it from a handshake agreement to a living - breathing landscape that can aid conservation planning, habitat management planning, and preparation for your next hunt. It can also serve as a meeting place for all- co-op members to provide insight into co-op success and future growth. We provide an overview of how important mapping can be with our friends and conservation partners at Hunterra maps.
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
Putting the pieces together, making the machine run, and stating your local wildlife cooperative take a special blend of skill and determination. We look at what it takes to get co-ops off the ground, maintain your co-op into the future, and how the National Wildlife Cooperative is here to help facilitate the future of wildlife conservation in local communities!
NAVIGATING CO-OP GOALS: A ROADMAP TO SUCCESS
The initial start-up process of a cooperative can determine its long-term success based on communication and organization. Previously, we talked about how to determine if a wildlife cooperative is right for you. A large part of making this decision is deciding if your goals align with the purpose of the cooperative. That means as a landowner and/or hunter you have to know what your goals are.