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Stitching the West Back TogetherConservation of Working Landscapes$
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Susan Charnley, Thomas E. Sheridan, and Gary P. Nabhan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226165684

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226165851.001.0001

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Place-Based Conservation Finds Its Voice

Place-Based Conservation Finds Its Voice

A Case Study of The Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

Chapter:
(p.101) 6 Place-Based Conservation Finds Its Voice
Source:
Stitching the West Back Together
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Maia Enzer

Martin Goebel

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226165851.003.0008

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC) formed in the early 2000s as a network of rural organizations that collectively advocate for environmental and economic policy changes to foster better management of ecosystems and protect biodiversity. RVCC represents rural communities at discussions previously dominated by agencies, industry, and environmental groups. It focuses on ensuring that policy decisions are made with consideration of rural interests and that they support collaboration, community capacity building, and other aspects that protect local economies and resources. RVCC prepares policy issue papers that are presented annually in Washington to agency, administration, congressional, and interest group leaders, where they have had measurable impact. RVCC also educates members about best management practices, policy impacts, and rural leadership. As it grows larger, RVCC faces challenges of how to prioritize new issues while maintaining focus on select core issues, recognizing its success lies in presenting a broad-based, well-prepared, and unified voice.

Keywords:   place-based conservation, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition, policy changes, community capacity building, rural leadership, collaboration

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