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A Plan to Save The American West Through Sustainable Ranching: No Net Loss of Ranchlands Program Launch

With a generous grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Future West is launching the “No Net Loss” of working ranchlands program. The No Net Loss program would provide financial compensation for protection of wildlife habitat on working lands. By providing compensation, we can reduce the burden of wildlife habitat preservation that is disproportionately placed on working ranches. Future West is working with ranchers and conservationists to compensate ranchers for protecting ecosystem functions on working lands. Funding for the program is envisioned to come from public, private, and philanthropic investment.

We look forward to sharing the progress of the No Net Loss program with you. For questions, please contact Future West Program Manager Hannah Jaicks or visit our project page to learn more and stay up-to-date. Special thanks to the Centennial Valley Association, the Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance, and Laurie Hedges. A hearty thanks also for the generosity of the Harder Foundation, the Volgenau Foundation,  and the Weeden Foundation for supporting the film “Working Lands: a Story of Bears and Ranching,” which offers an up-close and personal look at the dilemma facing wildlife and working lands. YOU CAN WATCH THE FILM BY CLICKING THIS LINK .

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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  

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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.

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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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