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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: Valley Advocates for Responsible Development advocates for private, public and civic actions that promote responsible development and sustainable use of the natural resources (water, land, wildlife and air) in Teton Valley, Idaho.

Target demographics: advocate for the responsible development and sustainable use of natural resources (water, land, wildlife and air)

Direct beneficiaries per year: craft best management practices for re-designing obsolete subdivisions in Teton County, ID and actively tracked the drafting of county land-use code

Geographic areas served: Teton Valley, ID

Programs: studies, research, publications, workshops and professional assistance. We are a watchdog for the community at the local decision making level by attending county and city public meetings/hearings. We advocate for local land use decision-making by crafting policies, goals and objectives that promote or implement responsible development that benefits Teton Valley families and future generations.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new resident in Teton Valley, I’ve found VARD to be a very strong resource for residents, landowners, and developers. VARD advocates for sustainable development and natural resource protections. Their work with partners on both sides of the Tetons exemplifies their cooperative and collaborative programming to achieve conservation outcomes in our community. Their work on replatting subdivisions, their input and attendance at local meetings and their communications and education of the public is terrific. They work hard for landowners and the public, protecting property rights, improving property values and our way of life in Teton Valley. Keep up the good work! Thank you!

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VARD Thanks for the feedback and thank you for volunteering!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I like the most about Valley Advocates is how hard they work to distill down complicated and controversial topics. Land use issues are really contentious here in Teton Valley, and for 15 years, they have worked so hard to stay above the fray. They cover stories and issues for years, long after the newspaper has discontinued coverage. I am always sure to read their email reports and letters because I want to learn more about local issues regarding our lands and open spaces. They go to all the meetings and hearings and read through the long reports so I don't have to. I feel like they are my advocate.

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VARD 03/28/2016

Yes, the public meetings and hearings can be long, but it's worth it! Being there in person is the best way for us to provide grassroots planning advocacy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately VARD has not become the group that they said they would be or say that they are. They accomplish their goals through bullying and slander. If you want to support a great non-profit in Teton Valley that actually helps to keep our land natural and undeveloped, then please consider the Teton Regional Land Trust. Your money and time will be put to far greater use.

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VARD 03/29/2016

Hi there Rachel - We do value your feedback as a former employee. Please stop by the office some time. Thanks.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VARD is one of the only organizations in Teton Valley that fights for this part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As the valley grows, I see this organization helping to make sure the protection of its natural resources, agricultural character, and vibrant cities are being met. Thank you VARD for all you do!

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VARD 03/28/2016

Thank you for your support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please do not support this organization. ...please, please

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VARD 03/29/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We welcome your input. Please stop by our office any time to discuss.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VARD has done an excellent job creating a dialog about sustainable development in our valley. Teton Valley has gone through huge development booms and busts, and much of the open land is plotted for subdiviions as people try to make their fortunes. VARD helps bring together disparate voices leading to polite and productive conversations. Their work is invaluable as our valley grows and changes.

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Donor

Rating: 4

As a non-resident who has visited the beauty of the Teton Valley, I have been happy to support VARD and it's great staff in their efforts. I only wish my community in the State of Washington had such strong advocates.

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Donor

Rating: 5

VARD is a strong and much needed advocate for sustainable development and natural resource protection in Teton Valley. Historic development patterns in the valley have been unguided and have resulted in a "shotgun blast" pattern, which has led to over-stretched public services and wildlife habitat fragmentation. In the face of seemingly ever-present political turmoil, VARD provides a progressive, research-supported, smart-growth, alternative to traditional development strategies.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VARD is the only organization working to curb development in Teton County. If you aren't familiar, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful valleys in the country in the shadow of the Teton mountains. If not for the hard work of VARD and it's suporters to keep development within city limits and abiding by state law, developers will continue to try and turn this velley into condos, concrete and strip malls.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

VARD serves a very important role in the community as a government resource and by helping citizens stay informed and be involved in the public decision making process.