Save the Date: RVCC’s 16th Annual Meeting, January 14-16th 2020

OrEgon Garden in Silverton, ORegon


16th Annual Meeting

Silverton, Oregon

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Recap: RVCC’s 15th Annual Meeting, January 28-30th 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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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.

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Recap: 14th Annual Meeting - December 5-7, 2017

Over the last decade, the Forest Service and partners have been implementing programs designed to accelerate collaborative landscape-scale restoration, including the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP). Participants will take stock of where we stand today through the sharing of recent research, internal agency perspectives, and their own experiences. This session focused on what these programs achieved, where they have they fallen short and evolved as we have learned. Courtney Shultz, Colorado State University, and Lindsay Buchanan, CFLR Coordinator for the USFS, spoke about the successes and challenges of both programs.

Meeting Notes & Action Items

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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.

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.