The following portfolio describes three distinct, yet not mutually exclusive, approaches for managing water and other resources. A common theme throughout the three approaches is that they “lay the foundation” for future management, and each piece depicts a different approach to natural resource management planning. Part One is the final report for a research and planning contract for Lolo Watershed Group. Watershed science and restoration field techniques are used to inform and develop a scope of work document for Montana Department of Environmental Quality for a future revegetation restoration project on Lolo Creek. Part Two describes some of the co-facilitation work and research that I completed in order to earn my certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution from the Natural Resources and Conservation Department at the University of Montana. Both Part2A and 2B demonstrates how collaborative processes increase the capacity for information sharing and consequently improve natural resource management. Part Three is a final report to Trout Unlimited from an internship working to develop options for a drought plan in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin.