"Our environment shapes us in every way...impacting us today and for the future."
As county policymakers, we must have environmentalists and conservation groups engage with remote, rural communities when developing policies that could affect them. We can accomplish this in several ways:
Working with trusted messengers, such as farmers, and cooperative extension services, to convey information about environmental policies to local stakeholders.
Providing opportunities to address environmental policy priorities in a way that is compatible with rural economies.
Offering a substantial recycling program to county residents.
Working with local government and private organizations to implement meaningful preservation and protection measures of our green areas, community parks, and historical sites.
Establishing working relationships with organizations overseeing land use policy to create best practices and approaches to agricultural, residential, industrial, mining, and recreational uses within the County.
A national poll conducted in 2020 by Duke University indicated that 71% of rural voters said the environment and conservation were important to them personally.