Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Advanced Communications Training

Strengthen the professional skills you need to attract internal support, build trust and leverage partnerships.

LCC ACT is a six-part series of two hour webinars that focuses on the understanding and use of partner cultural awareness, partnership communication, collaboration, facilitation, persuasion and negotiation.

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

LCC ACT is cohosted by the USFWS, BLM NTC and the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn from your peers and build your LCC professional network
  • Explore models of success and lessons learned in multi-party partnership networks
  • Gain new insights on the best practices for effective communication


The six part webinar series includes:

  • 4 instructor led webinars with presentations, interactive exercises and group discussion 
  • 2 Campfire Chat webinars featuring case studies and facilitated discussions
  • Instructional videos for reference and self-study support these sessions 

LCC ACT Overview

  • Session 1: Draw on Partnership Practices
  • Session 2: What's Your Story? (Campfire Chat)
  • Session 3: Peel Back the Collaboration Onion
  • Session 4: Expand Your Facilitation Skills
  • Session 5: Sharpen Your Negotiation Skills
  • Session 6: Gathering In (Campfire Chat)

Who Should Attend? LCC members from the USFWSFederal Agencies and LCC Partners activitly engaged in supporting a network of public-private partnerships. This can include LCC Coordinators, LCC Science Coordinators, LCC Communications staff, Steering Committee members, science/technical committee members, etc. .

Tuition: There is no cost to your work unit or organization. Course participants receive a scholarship to attend.

Availability: LCC ACT is limited to 20 course participants. 

Supervisor's Approval is required for this course.

  • To qualify for selection, USFWS employees need to request that their Supervisor complete the on-line approval form. Applicants from other Federal Agencies and LCC Partners should secure verbal approval from their supervisors for participation in this course. 
  • The LCC Network Office will review all applications and select participants. As part of the selection process, the Network Office may contact the relevant LCC Coordinator to confirm the applicant's role in the LCC. 

Selection and Wait List: Applicants who are selected for the course will receive an email notice the week of Fenruary 23. Applicants who are wait-listed will receive an email notice highlighting 2015 training options.

LCC ACT skills are based on federal competencies defined by the Office of Personel Management (OPM). OPM competencies are used in federal position descriptioons, individual development plans and performance evaluations.



LCC ACT Notebook



Liz Madison


Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy


Anne Desmarais 

Assistant Director

Peer Learning Coordinator

Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy


For more information, contact:

Anne Desmarais

Assistant Director

Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy



Julie Study

Curriculum Manager

USFWS National Conservation Training Center





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