Future West & Montana Watershed Coordination Council Virtual Peer-To-Peer Exchange

On Thursday, November 11, from 8:30 am to noon,  Future West and  the Montana Watershed Coordination Council council hosted a virtual a capacity-building peer–to–peer exchange: “Building Organizational and Community Resiliency in the New West.” This event offered watershed groups, conservation districts, and other local conservation leaders the space to discuss ongoing changes in our communities and to share resources for adapting and responding – while staying true to our organizational missions and visions.

Resiliency amidst drought, wildfires, the Covid-19 pandemic, growing recreational demands, and changing community demographics, to name just a few, is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. But we cannot achieve resiliency without first understanding the factors (social, political, environmental, industry-related, and economic) that are impacting our communities, our organizations, and our missions. We believe that the path to sustainability at both the community and organizational level requires a solid awareness of these factors so we can identify, create, and adapt effective options for working with them.

You can read the exchange summary for key takeaways and highlights. The summary contains links to summary slides from our panelists and from break-out discussions among all the participants. You can also watch the recording on our YouTube channel. It’s saved in two parts: Part 1 is our Keynote Panel and Discussion; Part 2, “Tying it All Together” is the conversation we had as a group after our smaller break-out sessions.

For more information, including an agenda, click HERE

Save the Date for a follow-up, in person gathering on May 19th, 2022!


Managing Growth in the New West Webinar Series

Interested in learning what you can do about the multitude of growth management challenges facing the Northern Rockies? Please join Future West as we host a free webinar series entitled, MANAGING GROWTH IN THE NEW WEST. Our aim is to inspire and inform local actions by both governmental and non-governmental entities that will address priority issues related to rapid growth and change.  Each month, we will offer a webinar featuring individuals with in-depth knowledge of planning, sustainable development and growth management issues – leaders in their fields who can foster a more complete understanding of the challenges and related opportunities.   

Join us for our sixth webinar: Speaker and Date Information Coming Soon!  

To watch recordings of past webinars and learn more about upcoming webinars, click here: Managing Growth in the New West: An Educational Webinar Series


Future West has just released a short video profile of the communities in the High Divide region – the chain of counties connecting Greater Yellowstone with the wildlands of Central Idaho and the Glacier area. Though focused on this region, the video showcases the pioneering work of Future West in helping rural Western communities identify and achieve the future they want. Click this link to view the video: High Divide: Communities In Transition.


Check out our recent publication: Celebrating and Expanding Ten Years of Community-Based Conservation Success. It tells the story of Future West – what we’ve done in our first ten years and our newest project: Sustaining the New West. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about our work.

Our Vision

Future West works to realize a future where communities have a shared sense of place, robust economies, and sound stewardship of natural, cultural, and community assets.

Our Mission: Future West helps communities identify, choose, and achieve their desired future


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