We raise the visibility of collaborative, community-based natural resource management across the West. By sharing these stories, we promote commitment to, and investment in, collaborative approaches.
This spring, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition hosted a peer assist for the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative to visit Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, OR. Four steering committee members and two staff spent the day learning about the WR organizational model and visit Integrated Biomass Resources to see how IBR has filled a niche utilizing non-commercial saw logs.
On Wednesday, June 12th the Forest Service released a draft rule to revise procedures for how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The most significant change is the proposed creation of new Categorical Exclusions (CEs).
By attending Western Week in DC this year, Idaho Rancher Tom Page was able to connect many dots across his work in Idaho to the work being done at multiple levels in our Nation’s capital. His visit and experience left much food for thought about how we accomplish work in the regions we call home.
The President’s budget proposes to reduce agency budgets significantly, with an overall reduction of 15% for the US Department of Agriculture alone. These reductions come at the expense of crucial programs of interest to rural communities and restoration efforts.
Join us for our Raise it for Rural event in Portland, OR on November 16th!