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Celebrating 10 Years of Community Conservation!

Future West is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! To mark this milestone, we have released a handsome, eight page overview of the work that we along with our community partners have accomplished. In it we also proudly introduce our “Sustaining the New West Campaign” - an exciting set of initiatives aimed at identifying and addressing the array of challenges that growth and changes are bringing to this region.

Follow this link: 
www.future-west.org/portfolio/celebrating-and-expanding-ten-years-of-community-based-conservation-success/ to view the “Future West – Celebrating and Expanding Ten Years of Community-Based Conservation Success” publication on line. And for hard copies, just send us an e mail at hannah@future-west.org.

We hope that you share our enthusiasm for our past efforts, and our plans for the future. And that you will make an investment in this critical campaign. To support our work, click here: www.future-west.org/donate/

Jim Roscoe (Lemhi Regional Land Trust) and Skye Schell (Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance) report back to the group at Future West's recent capacity-building workshop: How to Be a Community-Catalyst.

How To Be A Community Catalyst:
Capacity-Building Workshop Recap

What does a sculpture garden in Lincoln, a main street makeover in Phillipsburg, and a 1,200 acre parcel of new public open space in Dillon have in common? They were all spearhead by local volunteers – and they all added immensely to the livability of their communities. How and why these people became “community catalysts” was the topic of a lively Future West Capacity Building Workshop recently held at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Conservationists from around Montana and Idaho concerned not only with the health of rural landscapes and public lands, but also with the well-being of their towns, learned about techniques and strategies for effectively engaging in community development issues. This unprecedented (for the conservation community anyway) exploration of “in town” development and conservation challenges, is an example of Future West’s efforts to identify actions needed to sustain the New West. Watch for more Future West opportunities to learn what you and your community can do to ensure a bright future for both the natural and built environments of the Rockies. 

Successful Gardiner: Final Forum Held March 5th

Future West just completed its "Successful Gardiner" initiative with a community-wide forum. Gardiner residents gathered to learn about, discuss, and vote on their options for dealing with extreme housing challenges and other community issues. Gardiner is an unincorporated community and as such currently has no local control as to how it deals with growth and change. The vote at the forum showed that Gardiner residents overwhelmingly are ready to take action to solve these problems. We're looking forward to following the progress the community makes on home-grown solutions to their challenges!

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