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Registration for

2020 Upper Yellowstone Watershed Workshop

(invite only at this time)

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2020 Upper Yellowstone Watershed Workshop which will focus creating a vision for recreational usage of the Upper Yellowstone River, to be held September 9-11, 2020, at the West Creek Ranch in Emigrant, Montana. This workshop will convene an invited group of landowners, recreation and tourism businesses, scientists, and land management leaders to examine what we know about recreational use of the watershed and challenge ourselves to chart an action agenda for its future.


The workshop’s agenda will focus on water quality and quantity, fishery quality, tourism values and economy, land development, understanding what a State recreation plan is and isn't (process, examples and usage data). Based on this information, we will be creating diverse groups of stakeholders to create a framework of data gathering that would inform a potential future plan, leveraging best practices from other watersheds with multiple stakeholders, and avoiding examples of poor recreation plans. Participants will work to establish baseline agreement on what we do and don't know about the recreational usage of the watershed, and establish an action agenda for where we go from here.


The workshop will be held at the newly designed West Creek Ranch. While participating in this workshop, all lodging, meals, and activities at the West Creek Ranch will be covered by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. 


The goal of this workshop, and others convened at West Creek Ranch, is to invite diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders together to address issues of mutual importance. Amid the natural beauty of Montana’s Paradise Valley, participants will convene in an atmosphere that is impartial yet provocative, polite while critical, practical yet imaginative, and above all open, respectful, and collaborative. The outcomes are intended to reach beyond the bounds of the face-to-face meeting itself, to provoke action, identify common ground, facilitate partnerships, and lead to meaningful solutions.


For more information, please contact Ashley Lowrey at

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