Rural Changes in the Methow Valley

A Zoom series on the landscape and people of the valley

In the Methow we care deeply about the land and community. Like other rural communities in the West, the Methow is experiencing increased development pressures, including population growth, the high cost of housing, the disappearance of agricultural land and changing values on place and community. The Methow Conservancy and TwispWorks have partnered to host a five-week class series to provide information and engage the public on these topics.

The series aims to provide information on the current conditions of the Methow Watershed and its people, while considering implications for the future. The five classes will cover topics related to structural changes in the community, culminating in a panel discussion with key stakeholders and organizations on potential solutions and strategies for the future.

September 20th
STATE OF THE METHOW

Explore trends in human population, land use, residential development, and land protection with Methow Conservancy Conservation Biologist Julie Grialou.

September 27th
RURAL RESTRUCTURING IN THE AMERICAN WEST

Join Twisp Works Program Director Julie Tate-Libby for a background on tourism, amenity migration and rural restructuring in the American West.
 
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October 4th
THE METHOW AS A COMMUNITY

Learn about the changes in socioeconomics that we have experienced and how our community has responded with Julie Tate-Libby and guest speakers (TBD).

October 11th
TRENDS IN ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Hear about the current and future state of our fish, wildlife, water, and wildfire from local professionals and experts including Cascade Fisheries Biologist Kristen Kirkby, WDFW District Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin, UW Forest and Fire Research Scientist Susan Prichard, and others.

October 18th
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

Engage with a panel of local non-profit organizations, agency representatives, and elected officials (TBD) in a town hall style discussion about our shared future and potential actions that the community can take.