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Dr. Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwaters Economics

Ray has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity, and is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada. He has a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, M.Ag. from Colorado State University, and B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington. [...]

By | October 27th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Todd Wilkinson, Journalist & Founder, Mountain Journal

Todd Wilkinson is an American journalist and author proudly trained in the old-school tradition of asking tough questions and pressing for honest answers. He is the founder of Mountain Journal. Since he began as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago, Wilkinson’s work has appeared in a wide variety of [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Ralph Becker – Keynote Speaker, Sustaining the New West

Ralph Becker, Former Minority Leader of the Utah State House of Representatives, 34th Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT Ralph Becker is 43-year resident of Salt Lake City where served two terms as mayor (2008-2015). He also served in the Utah State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives for 11 years (1996-2007). [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|News, Speaker Bio|0 Comments

Sustaining the New West – Agenda

SUSTAINING THE NEW WEST: CONSERVATION CHALLENGES - CONSERVATION OPPORTUNITIES November 29, 2017 Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT 8:30 Welcome – Dennis Glick, Future West 8:45 Defining “The New West” – Todd Wilkinson, Mountain Journal 9:00 Key Note – Managing Growth in the New West – Ralph Becker, Former Mayor of Salt Lake City 9:30 Setting [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Reducing wildlife-vehicle accidents should be state priority

Future West has taken a leading role in Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage, a coalition of organizations working to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state. Each year, wildlife-vehicle collisions cause human death and injuries, millions of dollars in property damages, and take an awful toll on wildlife. There are, however, proven solutions – wildlife underpasses, [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Blog, Concepts, Landscapes|0 Comments

The Elephant Greater Yellowstone’s Room

Have you seen the most recent issue of National Geographic Magazine?  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, Nat Geo published an unprecedented single topic issue titled “Yellowstone.”  Even more significant, it isn’t just about Yellowstone National Park, it’s about the entire ecosystem that surrounds and sustains it [...]

By | May 19th, 2016|Blog, Commercial, Landscapes, Residential, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is the Process more important than the Product?

When one thinks of conservation, what often comes to mind are efforts to protect an individual species, “Save the fill in the blank!”  When one thinks of improving a community, what often comes to mind is a site-specific project; “Build a fill in the blank!” In the 1990s, I was involved in an effort to [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Blog, Commercial, Concepts|0 Comments