Advancing our mission has become ever more urgent as the Mountain West is now experiencing extraordinary economic and demographic pressure that will forever change the landscape and how it supports our economies and communities.
Rural Development supports vibrant and thriving rural communities by improving quality of life, economic opportunities, and outdoor experiences for residents.
We recognize that thriving western rural communities are inextricably linked to thriving conservations.
Our Rural Development program bridges the too often and mistakenly polarized interests of rural development and conservation.
Rural communities provide the food, water, and other natural resources on which we all depend; simultaneously, rural community industries are equipped to accommodate and steward the habitat needed for wildlife to thrive.
We develop or support projects in collaboration with the community, through an iterative process, to have the highest potential to positively impact that community.
We work to ensure rural communities seeking opportunities to retain their livelihoods do not have to turn to extractive industries or harmful development that fragments the landscape.
The community-driven projects we support increase revenue from responsible agriculture, tourism, and recreational opportunities.