RVCC is an inclusive movement that seeks common ground between diverse interests. Our coalition is comprised of more than 80 nonprofit, public, and private organizations. Our partners include rural community advocates, regional and national conservation organizations, environmentalists, business owners, federal and state land managers, researchers, county and state government, and foundations. We are led by a Leadership Team, a group of organizations and rural leaders invested in the Coalition’s long-term success.

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Our approach is to strengthen and empower the voices of rural leaders on issues such as collaborative all-lands stewardship, renewable energy, climate change, and local workforce development. By bringing rural leaders together to share their work, we serve as a vital peer learning and capacity building network that accelerates the practice of land stewardship and aligned economic development.

We have worked together to successfully make a difference on many of the issues that affect rural communities, public and private land management, and the continuation of a natural resource-based economy in the West.  We have been leaders in supporting policy and legislation including stewardship contracting, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, and the Community Wood Energy Program, among others, advocating for the inclusion of comprehensive community interests..

Why RVCC is Unique

RVCC is a multi-issue, multi-state coalition of organizations working together to address both short and long-term policy barriers. Therefore RVCC is committed to:

  • Changing what the national policy dialogue is about, and to actually changing federal policies.

  • Working together collaboratively.

  • Promoting long-term solutions that are politically, socially, and economically durable.

  • Making good things happen on the land and in rural communities.

  • Adapting our processes and positions as we learn and share with others, within and from outside of the coalition.

  • Seeking change incrementally, systematically and through the overhaul of broken systems.