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ARO Tension as Catalyst Panel Event @PSU

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and the Rural Development Innovation Group, in collaboration with Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and Portland State University, invite you to our tenth panel and discussion in our series:

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Tension as Catalyst: Land Stewardship and Development Align for a Better Rural West

@ Portland State University 

Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

It’s no secret: the fortunes and future of many rural communities, especially in the West, are strongly tied to how natural resources are cared for and managed. In the past, economic development proponents and natural resource champions have often been at odds on resource use. But now, necessity and a sense of shared fate are forging collaborative solutions that simultaneously advance economic development and sensible resource management – while also building more inclusive communities. This new way of doing business signifies an emerging gold standard, a shift that propels enduring stewardship and prosperity. Rural-rooted intermediary organizations are central to this transformation, convening across interests and roles – and working across historic divides.

Join our America’s Rural Opportunity conversation on June 10th with five rural and tribal innovators who are leading this way forward. Learn about what they have done to forge new productive partnerships and about the difference it has made for the economy and environment, as well as rural communities and livelihoods.


William Barquin, Attorney General, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Toni Ruth, Executive Director, Salmon Valley Stewardship

Mark Webb, Executive Director, Blue Mountains Forest Partners

Susan Jane Brown, Staff Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center

Mark Haggerty, Headwaters Economics

with Moderator Tony Cheng, Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

For those attending in person at Portland State University, coffee will be served starting at 10:00 am. The event will be followed by a buffet lunch and informal networking conversation. 

REGISTER HERE to attend in person or via our live stream

The event and livestream will begin promptly at 10:30 am Pacific and 1:30 pm Eastern time.

Earlier Event: May 6
RVCC Western Week in DC