RVCC Annual Meeting

The RVCC Annual Meeting connects practitioners in land stewardship from across the West, facilitates peer to peer learning, and helps participants identify common challenges and opportunities. We believe that by bringing leaders together and asking critical questions, we can develop comprehensive solutions and, ultimately, be more effective as a whole. The meeting combines inspiration, innovation and a healthy dose of fun.

Save the Date! Our 14th Annual Meeting will be December 5-7, 2017 at McMenamin's, Edgefield in Troutdale, OR.


Johnny Sundstrom (right) shows off his "cowboy hard hat," a symbol for RVCC's commitment to an All Lands approach. 

Johnny Sundstrom (right) shows off his "cowboy hard hat," a symbol for RVCC's commitment to an All Lands approach. 

Recap: 13th Annual Meeting - January 10-12, 2017

After a national election in which rural America was thrust into the spotlight, our meeting focused on four key themes: community, capacity, catalyzing change and collaboration. Participants heard sage political advice from Mark Rey and Jim Lyons, both of whom served as Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment in USDA; garnered new communications ideas from Paul Larmer, executive director of High Country News; and were inspired by keynote speaker Vicki Christiansen, Deputy Director for State and Private Forestry in the U.S. Forest Service. We asked provocative questions with an aim to identify success stories, policy barriers, and new solutions for working landscapes.. We gathered to approach federal policy from the middle. And, we gathered to galvanize RVCC and our community's work in the year to come. 

Agenda

Meeting Summary


Recap: 12th Annual Meeting - Dec 6-8, 2015

At our 2015 Annual Meeting, RVCC participants engaged in rich discussion, exchanging experiences, expertise, and ideas for how best to leverage our mutual interests in today’s political climate. The meeting focused on the following efforts:

  • Confirming the importance of the RVCC voice and approach to policy change; 
  • Refining our focus areas for 2016, including identifying immediate opportunities for collective action;
  • Expanding RVCC’s mission beyond policy work to include communication of the “why” behind our work, and facilitation of a more coordinated exchange of success stories and lessons learned;
  • Establishing issue area and cross-cutting working groups, each with a core group of dedicated leaders;
  • Exploring strategies for engagement with decision makers, both within and outside Washington D.C. 
(From left) Greg Aplet, Karen Hardigg, Tom Fry, Meryl Harrell, Cecilia Clavet, and Mike Anderson

(From left) Greg Aplet, Karen Hardigg, Tom Fry, Meryl Harrell, Cecilia Clavet, and Mike Anderson

The Annual Meeting prioritized three topics: Forest Service in the 21st Century, Fire Adapted Communities and Resilient Landscapes, and All Lands: Leveraging Resources and Relationships. Throughout the two day meeting, participants reflected on what has changed in the past four years in rural communities and all lands management; identified possible policy barriers and solutions; and developed priorities, principles, desired outcomes, and strategies for each topic. Through these conversations emerged a set of cross-cutting themes, as well as a clear work plan for RVCC in 2016. Participants walked away re-energized and ready to collectively act on the most pressing issues facing our communities.