Noon. Liberal Arts Building. Across the West, it is all too common for communities and relationships between neighbors to be torn apart by misunderstandings and perceived conflicts between the goals of farming/ranching families and the goals of land and water conservation groups. In Teton Valley, Idaho, they are actively working to change that. An innovative group of leaders in the farming/ranching industry, land and water conservation groups, and local government has come together to create a shared vision of watershed conservation that keeps working lands working, while protecting people, land, water, fish and wildlife now and into the future. They are achieving these goals through on-the- ground actions, including a broad-scale soil health initiative and education campaign, and an innovative market that provides incentives to farmers to engage in practices that maintain and boost aquifer recharge and ecosystem health. In this talk, Amy will discuss the work they are doing, and the potential for this project to serve as a model of the way in which rural communities can work together to find common ground.
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