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

  • Portland State University 1825 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR, 97201 United States (map)

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

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