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Matt Hildreth

Matt Hildreth is the Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org. He grew up on a small farm in eastern South Dakota and is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied Philosophy and Communications. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Iowa and holds an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University’s Leadership, Organizing and Action program.

Washington State Department of Commerce Launches Study on Renewable Energy Development in Rural Communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce is spearheading a comprehensive study and legislative report to address renewable energy development's potential opportunities and impacts in...

Washington State Parks Expand Same-Day Reservation and Flexible Dates

On Thursday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission expanded its same-day reservation pilot program to 26 parks across the state.  The commission has introduced...

Goodbye, Sturgill Simpson. Hello, Johnny Blue Skies.

Sturgill Simpson, the Kentucky singer-songwriter who gained popularity nearly a decade ago but then seemed to vanish from the music scene, is making a...

New Programs Aim to Reduce Wildfire Risk In Wildland-Urban Interface Areas

Recently, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Xochitl Torres Small announced $250 million to help at-risk communities protect their homes, businesses and infrastructure from catastrophic wildfire,...

Outdated Federal Safety Regulations Put Rural Americans At Risk During Tornado Outbreaks

Extreme weather battered parts of the Midwest over the weekend, providing another tragic reminder that catastrophic weather events uniquely impact rural America. At least five...

Grizzly Bears to Return to Washington’s North Cascades

After years of debate, the federal government has decided to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington state’s North Cascades mountain range. The move is seen...

Charlie Parr’s New Album Little Sun Out Now Via Smithsonian Folkways

Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Charlie Parr's new album, Little Sun, is out now. An underground DIY legend who has released seventeen previous albums, Little...

North Cascades National Park Announces New Backcountry Permit Fee Structure

North Cascades National Park Service Complex has changed its backcountry permit fee structure.  These changes in the fee structure are designed to encourage visitors to...

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