This webinar provides resources on how to access county maps (watersheds, gravel sites, health services, etc.) via the Vibrant Futures website and how to use the basic mapping tools, along with VF data, on ArcGIS online.
This resource provides information and guidance on the management of State Trust Lands. Understanding the legal aspect of trust lands allows for more effective management and strategizing for future trust land use. For more on trust lands, research, and policy, read the full report.
From restoring historical buildings to enhancing septic systems, this series of case studies will highlight examples of successful small-town collaboration for economic development. Revitalizing downtown economies is the focus of these case studies set in rural towns across America. Follow the link to more stories and resources.
Montana State University established a research and prevention program for invasive plant species in the prairie lands of Montana. The program maintains several Weed Protection Areas (WPA) in Northcentral Montana for data collection, research, and weed control. WPAs serve to keep rangelands in our region free of damaging plant species. For more information on Weed Protection Areas, canine detection methods, invasive plants, and range riders, visit their website by clicking here.
This handbook for engaging youth provides information and guidance on effective ways to include youth in local and regional planning, community decision-making, local government, and development activities. The handbook also provides models for implementing youth engagement in your community.
One of the greatest issues for rural communities is the outmigration of youth. These talented young individuals are leaving their rural hometowns for several different reasons, but a recurring theme of this outmigration is the lack of opportunities for career pathways and social development. This resource from NADO provides research and results of engaging youth in community as well as several examples of successful youth engagment projects. Visit the NADO website for more information.
This webinar provides information on how to access and use the community input, data, and mapping resources that have been collected during the first phase of the Vibrant Futures project. Watch the webinar for full details.
This work focuses on policy-making based on collaboration between public and private landowners for the conservation of rangeland and grazing land in the Midwest. Used for ranching, recreational activities, and wildlife conservation, the grasslands of the west are highly valuable to both the public and to ranchers. This document provides recommendations for policy that provide satisfactory solutions to communities for both the conservation and use of rangelands.
Northcentral Montana’s regional economy, frontier history, rural environments, and small towns are part of our shared identity. In 2012 and 2013, residents told us that they prefer sustainable development to either a “boom & bust” scenario or continued loss of rural population. Their input guided our planning process, which included governments, organizations, and residents of 11 counties and three reservations. Working together, Vibrant Futures Consortium partners identified common goals and developed best strategies that reflect the needs and desires of communities.
We found that every town has its own economic strategies, and every community contributes to the regional economy. Diverse communities rely on one another for services and consumers. They strive to maintain essential services such as grocery stores and gas stations, to revitalize downtown areas, to attract more businesses, and to improve transportation, infrastructure and housing.
This paper highlights the need for collaboration among planning organizations and implementation agencies in the success of economic and community development strategies. The paper also offers insider information on best practices for capacity building in rural communities, with lessons learned and case studies in rural and tribal development. Read the full paper for more in-depth details.