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.