Conference Highlights

More Trees =  Dollars in the Till

Dr. Kathleen L. Wolf of the University of Washington has been invited to help us understand how landscaping contributes to the bottom line for property owners and business people. Preview her research at www.naturewithin.info.


National Heritage Landmarks

Charles Flynn, Executive Director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, has tentatively agreed to offer a session on National Heritage Areas (NHA). There will also be a report on efforts to establish such an NHA along the Missouri River.


NeighborWorks Great Falls

Sheila Rice

Sheila Rice

Sheila Rice has been the Executive Director of NeighborWorks Great Falls since 2003 and served simultaneously as Executive Director of NeighborWorks Montana until 2016. Since 1980, NeighborWorks Great Falls is a nonprofit organization that serves Cascade County, offering development and renovation of single-family homes and multi-family apartments, homebuyer education and counseling, down-payment assistance loans, and neighborhood and community building services. In 2014, the NeighborWorks network helped more 300,000 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Schedule highlights include:

  • Wednesday: Variety of sessions and speakers, including planning law review and management training, followed by a reception at the Charles M. Russell Museum.
  • Thursday: Bestselling national author Gary Ferguson will give a lively keynote presentation celebrating how science, myth, psychology and cultural history shape our experiences in the natural world. The tradition continues with the Wyoming versus the World softball game and BBQ in beautiful Gibson Park.
  • Friday: Variety of sessions and speakers including low-impact development storm water management training opportunities.
Variety of sessions and speakers, including planning law review and management training, followed by a reception at the Charles M. Russell Museum. Charles Marion Russell The Exalted Ruler, 1912, oil on canvas (C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, gift of Friends of the Exalted Ruler) The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of other such well-known artists. For more information visit: https://www.cmrussell.org/

Variety of sessions and speakers, including planning law review and management training, followed by a reception at the Charles M. Russell Museum. Charles Marion Russell The Exalted Ruler, 1912, oil on canvas (C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, gift of Friends of the Exalted Ruler) The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of other such well-known artists. For more information visit: https://www.cmrussell.org/

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