Visionary independent groups connect the dots in communities, focusing attention on assets, opportunities, and realistic, sometimes unconventional, courses of action. Fishing, hunting, farming, advocacy, business, and recreation organizations are a force for watershed health.
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Get more done together.
Citizens are often concerned about issues related to agriculture, water quality, and streams but don’t know how to get involved. Food, gardening, fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, paddling, history, and kids’ activities are good points of entry. Look for connections that make sense locally.
Work across sectors.
Look for ways to collaborate with groups that don’t usually connect. How can you learn learn, have fun, and improve your community by connecting?
Know your watershed’s plan, and work within it while meeting your goals.
Are you interested in fishing? Trout Unlimited (TU) clubs improve trout habitat by connecting with local conservation staff, making joint plans, and providing funding to restore streams. Members often do some of the work. TU also involves youth in fishing and conservation projects.
Future Farmers Of America and academic farming programs integrate production knowledge with action for water quality and stream health. How can the program in your high school connect and take action in the community? Are local growers, grazers, conservation staff, or groups like Pheasants Forever potential partners?
Talk with people whose job it is to carry out your watershed plan. Ask to collaborate.
What can your group do that’s difficult for agency or non-government staff to do? Is there funding available to advance that project? Will your group’s cash or in-kind match make it possible to obtain more funding for your community?
At Indian Creek, Collaboration Shifts Local Norms
own the asset.
Relationships and clear rental agreements can reduce the impacts of farming on soil, streams, and fish.
make choices daily.
Across the Basin, farmers work to earn an income while reducing impacts.
point the way.
Committed leaders gather neighbors and
resources to act for the common good.
provide technical assistance.
Experts and mentors are ready to help.