Western Sense, formerly the Forever West Alliance, is a group of hopeful and engaged individuals who live and love the West. We are based in Lander, WY, but have colleagues, collaborators, friends, and family across the American West. Together, we strive to build a resilient and thriving West by improving the health and sustainability of its communities, economies, and natural environments. We see a need to restore sense to the modern conversations of environment, community, and economy, and we wield collaboration, understanding, and innovation as our tools of choice.
Though of modest beginnings, we have great ambitions. We are developing and seeking funding for some exciting new initiatives, but for now, our primary efforts are focused on the project titled “Portraits of the Real Wyoming.” The intent of this project is to document the stories of real Wyoming citizens that have been affected by fossil fuel development. We relate- through the eyes of people living and working close to the land- how the people, wildlife, and landscapes are changing. However you may feel about the development across this landscape, it is our hope that you will consider these stories, weigh in with your thoughts, and share them widely should you feel so inclined. This project is funded in part by the National Wildlife Federation through their Emerging Leaders Fellowship.
Curious how you can help?
Thank you for your interest in supporting our work! There are several ways that you can help us achieve success for Wyoming and the West.
Share the love. If you read a Portrait you find compelling or interesting, please share it however you feel is best. Social media, email, an excited phone call with a friend, or snail mail to your grandmother- it’s all great, and it helps us build an audience, create awareness, and inspire important conversations. Be sure to sign up for our email list for the latest news and Portraits!
Recommendations and referrals. The consulting service we offer is a key program for both furthering Western conservation initiatives and to support the establishment and growth of our fledgling organization. If you know of an organization that might benefit from some of the support and services we offer, we would greatly appreciate your recommendation or referral.
Financial contributions. Western Sense is currently seeking funding for our Portraits of the Real Wyoming and Advancing Public Lands Management initiatives. We are currently working with our fiscal sponsor, the Lander Community Foundation, on ways for us to accept online donations, and we plan to develop a formal membership program soon. Please bear with us! If you feel so inclined to financially support our work in the meantime, you can mail a check to:
Lander Community Foundation
PO Box 1131
Lander, WY 82520
Just be sure to write a short note specifying it is intended for Western Sense. We truly appreciate your support and vote of confidence!
Other ideas. If you are excited about what we’re trying to do, and you think you have something to bring to the table that we’re not talking about here, we’re all ears. Send us a message and let’s talk! A couple thoughts:
- We are seeking two to three additional board members
- We are always seeking people with an interesting story or perspective on Wyoming’s landscapes and wildlife to share in a Portrait
- We are open to collaboration with photographers, writers, and journalistic media for our portraits initiative
- We could also use a hand with our website! Someone with WordPress and CSS could help us better achieve our vision of making the Portraits page more visually compelling and engaging.