Projects and Stories

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

Giving a voice to rural leaders in national policy discussions.


Sustainable Northwest developed the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition in 2000, and organized its efforts for 10 years, distributing information on policy developments, raising funds, and supporting the participation of our members. As of 2015, Wallowa Resources has assumed sponsorship of RVCC, employing a part-time coordinator and a part-time program assistant.

The RVCC prides itself on being an inclusive movement that seeks common ground between diverse interests. The Coalition promotes practical, equitable and sustainable solutions that are grounded in the experiences of rural community members, workers, and businesses. Partners include rural community advocates, regional and national conservation organizations, environmentalists, business owners, federal and state land managers, researchers, county and state government, and foundations. The RVCC is led by the Leadership Team (including Sustainable Northwest), a group of organizations and individuals invested in the Coalition’s long-term success.

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