The Methow Conservancy and TwispWorks have partnered to offer a five-part online presentation, “Rural Changes in the Methow Valley: A Series on the Landscape and People of the Valley,” beginning Sept. 20 and continuing through Oct. 18.
The sessions will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Zoom platform. A link will be provided after registration. Cost is $50 for the entire series; there will be no individual class purchases. Scholarships are available. To register, email email@example.com.
“The series aims to provide information on the current conditions of the Methow Watershed and its people, while considering implications for the future,” according to information from TwispWorks. “The five classes will cover topics related to land use, ecological health and structural changes in the community, culminating in a panel discussion with key stakeholders and organizations on potential solutions and strategies for the future.”
The sessions are:
• Sept. 20, State of the Methow. Explore trends in human population, land use, residential development and land protection with Methow Conservancy Conservation Biologist Julie Grialou.
• Sep. 27, Rural Restructuring in the American West. Join TwispWorks Program Director Julie Tate-Libby for a background on tourism, amenity migration and rural restructuring in the American West.
• Oct. 4, 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.
• Oct. 11, 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, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife District Biologist Scott Fitkin, University of Washington Forest and Fire Research Scientist Susan Prichard, and others.
• Oct. 18, Implications for the Future. Engage with a panel of local nonprofit organizations, agency representatives and elected officials in a town hall style discussion about our shared future and potential actions that the community can take.
For information, visit https://twispworks.org/events.