Visionary independent groups connect the dots in communities, focusing attention on assets, opportunities, and realistic—perhaps unconventional—courses of action. Fishing, hunting, farming, advocacy, business, and recreation organizations are a force for watershed health.
Focus on assets.
What exists and is valued enough to become a lightning rod for shared work? Beautiful land or streams? Good soil? Places to swim, fish, or hunt? Kids? Community interests can open doors to action.
Choose a core group of leaders. Develop a realistic plan. Invite action and participation across sectors. Communitcate clearly and often.
Inspire by getting things moving.
Demonstrate what you want to see on the land, then share learning, and invite action.
Tell your story.
Others want to know what you are doing, why, and why it matters to you. Tell specifically how they can participate and contribute. Be genuine.
Make it fun.
The work is about real life and community, so make it fun! People stay with a project when real friendship develops.
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.