Welcome
 RVCC!
History and Orientation to RVCC:
 Spontaneously created, growing, and evolving since 2001
Why RVCC Formed

• To promote our shared values
  and vision in policy

• We like working together

• We can’t do it alone
How RVCC Formed

•   Shared leadership model
•   Focus on outcomes
•   Kept process to a minimum
•   Luck and opportunity
RVCC Mission
• Promote policies that support
  balanced conservation-based
  approaches to the ecological
  and economic p...
RVCC Goals
1.   Promote ecologically responsible and
     economically equitable policy
     solutions.
2.   Increase for ...
What does RVCC do?
• Advocates for political
  reforms to protect,
  restore and manage
  natural resources
  equitable

•...
RVCC across the West
• More than 60        WASHINGTON
  groups                               MONTANA

• 8 states          ...
Types of groups involved
                                                                            Tribal entity or Work...
Policy Priorities
           •   Federal investment and
               performance measures
           •   Forest Restorat...
Activity: Annual Policy Meetings
• Purpose
  – Define priority policy
    issues, messages, and
    solutions.
• Outcomes
...
Activity: Western Week in Washington

• Purpose
  – Increase support for and
    understanding of RVCC solutions
  – Distr...
Representation in RVCC
• Participating organizations speak for
  themselves
• No one organization formally speaks
  for th...
Activity: Working Groups
          • Purpose
             –   Develop issue papers
             –   Work together on speci...
Working Groups: ’06 - ‘07 Structure
                            Biomass



         Workforce,                           A...
Core Group: Structure
           • Coordination
             – SNW Chair
             – Working Group Chairs
             ...
Working Groups: Structure
• Working Group Chair:
   – Primary drafter, editor, and/or
     synthesizer of issue papers
   ...
Working Groups: Structure
• Working Group Members:
  – Work collaboratively
  – Provide perspective, data, information,
  ...
Working Groups: Materials
           Development
•   Issue Papers/Talking Points
•   Congressional testimony
•   Sign on l...
Issue Papers: Purpose
• Concisely present RVCC
  solutions & perspectives
• Primary communication
  materials of RVCC
• Pr...
Issue Paper: Process
Content development
                           Countless
              Annual
                       ...
Lessons we are learning…
• Be prepared:
   – Invest time and resources
     in planning and materials
   – Being prepared ...
Lessons we are learning…
• Develop winning
  solutions:
  – Focus on short-term and
    long-term solutions
  – Don’t put ...
Lessons we are learning…
• Good process should result
  in better outcomes:
  – Flexible, clear decision-
    making space...
Lessons we are learning…
• Organize for
  incremental and long-
  term change:
  – Regional focus works
  – Coalitions bui...
The value of collaboration

             Environmentalists




                                 Industry
             Comm...
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Overview And History Of Rvcc

  1. 1. Welcome RVCC!
  2. 2. History and Orientation to RVCC: Spontaneously created, growing, and evolving since 2001
  3. 3. Why RVCC Formed • To promote our shared values and vision in policy • We like working together • We can’t do it alone
  4. 4. How RVCC Formed • Shared leadership model • Focus on outcomes • Kept process to a minimum • Luck and opportunity
  5. 5. RVCC Mission • Promote policies that support balanced conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the West. • Committed to finding and promoting policy solutions through collaborative, place- based work • Recognize the inextricable link between the long-term health of the land and the well-being of rural communities.
  6. 6. RVCC Goals 1. Promote ecologically responsible and economically equitable policy solutions. 2. Increase for federal funding of restoration and maintenance and rural economic development. 3. Advance legislative ideas and influence legislation proposed by others. 4. Strengthen the voices rural leaders 5. Inform the media of our priorities and the benefits of our solutions.
  7. 7. What does RVCC do? • Advocates for political reforms to protect, restore and manage natural resources equitable • Ensures rural voices and perspectives are represented in natural resource policies
  8. 8. RVCC across the West • More than 60 WASHINGTON groups MONTANA • 8 states OREGON IDAHO • Western Rural and Local Organizations • Regional COLORADO Organizations CALIFORNIA • National ARIZONA NEW Organizations MEXICO
  9. 9. Types of groups involved Tribal entity or Worker organization Economic 0% development Elected body organization Other federal, state, or 2% 3% local government agency 7% Community-based Other natural resource 8% organization 30% Research organization 8% For-profit business Federal or state land 11% management agency 10% Other: Foundation Regional and national Individual Environmental conservation-based Labor/Environmentalist Alliance organization development Non-profit Trade Association 11% organization Professional Forestry Organization 10% Research, outreach and education non- profit
  10. 10. Policy Priorities • Federal investment and performance measures • Forest Restoration • Integrated Biomass Utilization • Collaboration • Community Capacity Building • Stewardship Contracting • Workforce development and protection • Retention and creation of place-based, family wage jobs
  11. 11. Activity: Annual Policy Meetings • Purpose – Define priority policy issues, messages, and solutions. • Outcomes – Priority issues selected – Messages and strategies developed – Direction for working groups
  12. 12. Activity: Western Week in Washington • Purpose – Increase support for and understanding of RVCC solutions – Distribute issue papers – Develop relationships with key decision-makers – Develop leaders within RVCC • Outcomes – Support for our issues – Relationships with decisionmakers – Leadership development
  13. 13. Representation in RVCC • Participating organizations speak for themselves • No one organization formally speaks for the coalition; we support one another by working together to convey our shared messages and solutions • Issue papers capture collective voice and provide opportunities for unified positions
  14. 14. Activity: Working Groups • Purpose – Develop issue papers – Work together on specific issues – Target regional decision-makers – Learn from each other • Outcomes – Articulated common ground solutions – Regional collaborative infrastructure – Built relationships with regional leadership – Camaraderie and networks of national influence
  15. 15. Working Groups: ’06 - ‘07 Structure Biomass Workforce, Approps Labor, and . & Leg. Contracting Strategie Core s Group Private Institutional Lands Policy
  16. 16. Core Group: Structure • Coordination – SNW Chair – Working Group Chairs & long-term leaders – Monthly calls • Purposes – Coordination between working groups – Strategic issues and opportunities – Works by consensus
  17. 17. Working Groups: Structure • Working Group Chair: – Primary drafter, editor, and/or synthesizer of issue papers and other written materials – Identifies areas of common ground – Initiates, facilitates, and schedules calls and meetings
  18. 18. Working Groups: Structure • Working Group Members: – Work collaboratively – Provide perspective, data, information, – Help write, review, and edit issue papers & other materials – Attend APM and WWiW – Share local experiences and communicate work of working group to their networks – Initiate ideas & take leadership • Subgroups – Functions as a mini-working group – Focus on specific issue the Working Group has identified – Report to full Working Group
  19. 19. Working Groups: Materials Development • Issue Papers/Talking Points • Congressional testimony • Sign on letters • Comment on Legislation, Federal register notices, etc.
  20. 20. Issue Papers: Purpose • Concisely present RVCC solutions & perspectives • Primary communication materials of RVCC • Priority audiences: – Congressional staff, agency decision makers, interest groups, and the media
  21. 21. Issue Paper: Process Content development Countless Annual Working Write, Homework conference Policy Group review, edit, results calls and Meeting Nirvana repeat email discussions Sign-on process Groups Chair sends Distribution Content SNW sends decide final with of issue agreed to out request whether or WG papers by WG for sign-on not to sign- signatories (WWiW) on to SNW
  22. 22. Lessons we are learning… • Be prepared: – Invest time and resources in planning and materials – Being prepared increases your credibility – Short- and long-term solutions ensure tangible and incremental change Elementary School Enrollment 600 – Documentation of local Students in October Down by 49 500 stories and regional trends 400 300 are a powerful combination Down by 216 200 100 0 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Year Hayfork Weaverville
  23. 23. Lessons we are learning… • Develop winning solutions: – Focus on short-term and long-term solutions – Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – Don’t be afraid to change course
  24. 24. Lessons we are learning… • Good process should result in better outcomes: – Flexible, clear decision- making space is effective – Shared leadership builds power – Vertically integrated organizing works – Don’t sweat the small stuff
  25. 25. Lessons we are learning… • Organize for incremental and long- term change: – Regional focus works – Coalitions build influence – Collaboration through action yields results
  26. 26. The value of collaboration Environmentalists Industry Community Government Labor

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