Who We Are
The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is a regional network of grassroots community organizations that include 12,200 members and 39 local chapters. WORC helps its member groups succeed by providing training and coordinating issue work.
Our eight community organizations are:
- Dakota Resource Council (North Dakota)
- Dakota Rural Action (South Dakota)
- Idaho Organization of Resource Councils
- Northern Plains Resource Council (Montana)
- Oregon Rural Action
- Powder River Basin Resource Council (Wyoming)
- Western Colorado Congress
- Western Native Voice (Montana)
Based in Billings, Montana, WORC has field offices in Montrose, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.
WORC’s mission is to advance the vision of a democratic, sustainable, and just society through community action. WORC is committed to building sustainable environmental and economic communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.
A 16-member Board of Directors sets WORC’s policies and oversees the organization. The Board meets twice a year.
Each member group elects two representatives to the WORC Board of Directors. Board members are also leaders in their member organizations..
- In the 1970’s, we focused on coal mine reclamation and natural resource tax policy. We won model reclamation and coal leasing laws and progressive tax structures.
- In the 1980’s, we challenged national energy policies and helped table the synthetic fuels corporation.
- In the mid-1980’s, we confronted the farm lending practices of the banks and federal government. We won credit reforms at the state and national levels.
- In the 1990’s, WORC tackled concentration of economic power in a few agribusiness corporations, especially in meatpacking and grain trading. We also addressed hardrock mining reform, sprawl, electric industry deregulation, and factory farms.
- In the new century, we launched programs for safe food, responsible coalbed methane development, and a sound energy policy.