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The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) relies on annual or biennial appropriations to continue supporting timber-dependent counties. The absence of a dedicated funding source for SRS has put the program in a precarious position and a long term solution is essential to stabilize budgets. (May 2019)

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With adequate and stable funding for public and private lands conservation programs, federal land management agencies, and rural development programs, we can address the growing backlog of needed restoration in the American West. Congress must sufficiently invest in federal agencies so they can support both vibrant rural communities and healthy landscapes. (May 2019)


Opportunities for rangeland stewardship and partnerships are necessary; rangeland and soil conservation may be most effective if agencies fund and utilize a full suite of approaches, including promoting the social and economic wellbeing of working ranches. (May 2019)

All Lands

This peer-learning effort supports successful all lands planning and implementation and improves practice through multiple tools, strategies, and resources. (Published 2017)

An all lands approach allows land managers to address ecological issues at the scales on which they operate. Policy tools designed to catalyze the All Lands approach have strengthened key cross-sector relationships built on mutual benefits, understanding, and respect. (Published 2016)

appropriations & Performance MEasures

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In America’s rural West, economic, environmental, and community health go hand in hand. Rural communities have the local knowledge needed to restore the nation’s forests, rivers, and rangelands, but they cannot do it alone. Federal programs must support communities that want to start and grow local businesses, develop capacity to act as shared stewards of the land, and implement working lands conservation. Congress must sufficiently invest in federal agencies so they can support both vibrant rural communities and healthy landscapes. Review RVCC’s FY funding priorities and appropriation recommendations in the links above.

Published 2018 in partnership with Western Landowners Alliance. In this two-page sign on, we urge Congress and the Administration to advance principles and practices that achieve rural economic health and a productive agricultural sector, provide for our human needs, and protect the landscapes in which we live and work.

RVCC strongly supports investments in federal agencies and programs that sustain the economic, social and ecological needs of rural America. The Farm Bill plays a vital role in sustaining America’s rural communities and enhancing its natural landscapes. (Published 2018)

Community, economic, and environmental health go hand in hand in the rural West. Investment in the stewardship of our forests, watersheds and rangelands creates local jobs, while providing clean water and clean air for the Nation. We have outlined how these investments will generate significant local and national benefit in our 2017 transition memo. (Published 2017)


Collaboration takes many different forms and can occur at local, regional, and national levels. Although these efforts vary from place to place, RVCC suggests collaborative groups strive to follow these best practices. (Published 2016)


This paper provides substantive data on the status of county payments and the use of stewardship authorities. A long-term and stable solution to county payments is critical, and thoughtful dialogue that addresses funding shortfalls is urgently needed. (Published 2017)


Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) incorporate an understanding of natural fires and emphasize the value of foresight and investment. Effective partnerships, with shared responsibility, will create prepared communities and healthy, resilient landscapes. (Published 2016)


RVCC Issue papers published under the fiscal sponsorship

of Sustainable Northwest (2003-2013)

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Top photo credit: Emily Jane Davis

Thumbnail photo credit: Emily Jane Davis, Ecosystem Workforce Program, Salmon Valley Stewardship, and Kendrick Moholt