RVCC envisions healthy landscapes and vibrant rural communities across the American West. 

Interdependence – The health of our rural communities and landscapes are interdependent. Policy solutions must not sacrifice one to advance the other.

Resilience and Diversity – Resilience and diversity are the key components that provide for both ecosystem productivity, social equity and economic well-being.

Sustainability – Long-term resource, food and energy security is dependent on re-investment in the sustainability of ecosystems and rural economies.

Collaborative Solutions – Collaboration relies on an inclusive process that is respectful of diverse interests, and creates durable solutions based on mutual benefit and positive action


The coalition maintains three core goals focused on Policy, Storytelling, and Learning:

  1. Create and improve ecologically responsible and economically equitable natural resource policies that advance rural community vitality through land stewardship.

  2. Establish and grow the visibility of collaborative, community based natural resource management to increase trust in RVCC and build the middle.

  3. Facilitate learning among community based practitioners and institutional entrepreneurs to increase innovation and implementation of land stewardship projects.