Early on, the Watershed Center staff realized that in order to accomplish our goals we had to work with decision makers to ensure that national forest policies being developed took impacts to public lands communities into consideration. One of the roles public-lands communities have worked to transition into is that of public landscape stewards. However, transitioning from a natural resource extraction based economy to public-land stewardship requires the cooperation of many entities including federal managers. By working to voice a community perspective on land management policies we hope to enroll more people in our vision of communities as stewards.
Our advocacy work has grown over the years with our involvment in the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC). Through this coalition, we engage with policy makers on a variety of issues affecting western rural communities. For more on our policy work check out the RVCC’s webpage and the issue papers describing our positions.