Xochitl Torres Small to deliver keynote May 17 and 18 in Oklahoma City NEWS: Register for the 2022 Western Prosperity Roundtable Forum; Watch the Working Lands, Working Communities webinar series, Learn about the regional growth of geothermal energy

Xochitl Torres Small to deliver keynote at the 2022 Western Prosperity Roundtable Forum 
Join Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Xochitl Torres Small, the Under Secretary for Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the 2022 Western Prosperity Roundtable on May 17 and 18 in Oklahoma City. Along with a host of regional experts, including representatives from the offices of Oregon Gov. Kate BrownUtah Gov. Spencer Cox and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, they will discuss state strategies for effectively allocating funds from the American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as policies to help bolster the capacity of rural and underserved communities to access these resources. Check out the full agenda and register here for in-person attendance and here for the livestream. 
Watch the ‘Working Lands, Working Communities’ webinar series 
The webinar series for Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s WGA Chair Initiative, Working Lands, Working Communities, concluded this week, but you can watch recordings of the panel discussions on WGA’s YouTube PagePlanning and Collaboration Tools, examined technical platforms to help communities make informed decisions on mitigation and restoration priorities in pre-and post-wildfire scenarios. Conservation Markets in the West, evaluated opportunities to leverage conservation market incentives and alternative income streams for working agricultural, ranching and forest lands in the West. Implementing Forest Investments in the Infrastructure Bill featured a discussion on the challenges that land managers and communities face when organizing fire mitigation projects and strategies for deploying funds within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to aid in their efforts. Invasive Annual Grasses Management, delved into management tools and strategies to effectively manage invasive annual grasses, including cheatgrass, medusahead and ventenata.

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