Connecting Economy and Environment for Community Success
The Rifle River Watershed is rich in natural resources that knit together a unique, desirable landscape. Lifelong and year round residents share with thousands of annual visitors a deep connection to the high quality waters of the Rifle River, the iconic centennial farms that dot the uplands and the diverse cultural and recreational experiences that define local communities. Despite high involvement and stakeholder buy-in, one challenge continues to be identified: How can communities of the Rifle River Watershed fully realize the economic potential of the area’s quality of life in a way that balances sound environmental stewardship with economic growth for community?
CONTACT: Abigail Ertel, Community Programs Lead, email@example.com, (989) 448-2293 ext. 14
Rifle River Prosperity Network Mini-Grants Program
Falcon Rain Garden Project Awarded $10,000 through Rifle River Prosperity Network Mini-Grants Program
The Rifle River Prosperity Network Design Team is pleased to announce a $10,000 award to the West Branch Rose City Area Schools for their Falcon Rain Garden Park Project! This first ever mini-grant award through the Rifle River Prosperity Network Program is made possible through funds from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). The Falcon Rain Garden Park team’s proposed project will create an environmentally sound rain garden park on school grounds to protect the Rifle River from harmful stormwater runoff. In addition to the conservation benefits, this project will involve teachers, students and local residents in the design, construction and educational programs that are all part of the project’s success. The group’s overall goal to “provide a teachable point of pride for students, stakeholders and community members while encouraging community gathering and relationship building” supports all of the Rifle River Prosperity Network’s Guiding Principles directly and will be strong piece in achieving the overall program mission of connecting economy and environment for community success. Way to go Falcon Rain Garden Park team! Be sure to check back here for updates on the project and more about the Rifle River Prosperity Network program.
With the support of great partners like the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN), the Rifle River Prosperity Network is supporting and developing programs that support three guiding principles:
- Preserving and protecting the forests, waters and wildlife of the Rifle River Watershed
- Encouraging community engagement in conservation stewardship and building vibrant communities
- Supporting economic development opportunities showcasing the Rifle River Watershed’s rich outdoor experiences
The Rifle River Prosperity Network Program and its Design Team are dedicated to helping develop and promote the Rifle River region’s natural features as community assets to be enjoyed, protected and shared with others.
The Rifle River Prosperity Network, formed in 2015, is made up of natural resource conservation professionals and economic development leaders from the communities of Ogemaw and Arenac counties. These stakeholders are committed to connecting economy and environment for community success in the Rifle River region and their work is guided by the core values of community engagement, inclusiveness, authenticity, trust and sustainability.
- List of Rifle River Prosperity Network Design Team Members – Made up of local community and watershed leaders from the conservation and economic development sectors, the Design Team guides the development of the Rifle River Prosperity Network program and communicates progress to motivate engagement from a broad stakeholder base.
- Concept Paper – A document providing background on the development of the overall RPN program and its potential impact in the region.
- Rifle River Prosperity Network Design Team Partnership Agreement – An overview of the goals, mission, vision and values of the Design Team.
- Rifle River Watershed Management Plan Summary – Includes information about the Rifle River Watershed’s natural resources, threats and community solutions for watershed health.
- Tourism, Natural Resources and Placemaking, The Cass River Greenway, Grant Writing 101 – Presentations from Grant Writing Workshop held in West Branch on 11/1/16
- Grant Resources and Tips – Resources from Grant Writing Workshop held in West Branch on 11/1/16