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Yellow Wood provides research and facilitation services to clients interested in developing local and/or regional nature-based tourism opportunities. We have explored the feasibility and economic impacts of scenic byways, snowmobile trails, paddling trails, agri-tourism, hiking, fishing, birding, and other natural and cultural tourism opportunities. Our work includes best practices research, customized tool development for measuring economic impacts, local and region-specific research, and coaching and facilitation of non-profit groups.

Verde River Valley Nature Organization, Strategic Planning, Measurement, and Coaching

Yellow Wood is working with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) as they transition from a volunteer-led nonprofit organization to an executive director-led nonprofit. We will be facilitating an on-site strategic planning workshop with…

Walton Family Foundation, Private Coaching, Meeting Facilitation and Value Chain Coordination for Nature-Based Tourism Grantees in the Lower Mississippi River Region

Yellow Wood Associates is working with place-based grantees of the Walton Family Foundation in the Lower Mississippi River Region.  This work is focused around nature-based tourism.  Coaching work includes calls with grantees and group calls to support…

Walton Family Foundation, Verde River Valley Nature Organization Value Chain Facilitation

Yellow Wood Associates worked with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO), a Walton Family Foundation grantee.  Yellow Wood provided VRVNO with coaching and analysis to review their birding value chain, identify metrics/measurement that…

Walton Family Foundation, Meeting Facilitation and Integration of Demand Research for Nature-Based Tourism Grantees

Beginning in fall 2011, Yellow Wood Associates has worked with four Walton Family Foundation grantees along the Lower Mississippi River around nature based tourism. Focus areas for this group have included paddling tourism, non-consumptive wildlife…

Walton Family Foundation, Coaching and Demand-Side Research Services to Nature-Based Tourism Grantees in the Lower Mississippi Delta.

Yellow Wood provided coaching in wealth creation value chain development and conducting demand-related research for four nature-based tourism pilot projects in the Lower Mississippi Delta. We also provided coaching services for a team working with…

Walton Family Foundation, Wealth Creation and Measurement Workshops for Grantees in the Verde Valley, Arizona.

Yellow Wood worked with twelve Walton Family Foundation grantees in the Verde Valley area of Arizona. The intent of this work was to introduce the wealth creation approach as a way to strengthen the individual projects and begin thinking about the…

Walton Family Foundation, Nature Based Tourism Workshops

Yellow Wood presented two workshops to the Walton Family Foundation Nature-Based Tourism Group of grantees along the lower Mississippi River Delta. The first workshop was around goals, value chains and wealth creation. Participants articulated goals…

Dragon Run Natural Resource Economic Assessment

Yellow Wood helped the Middle Peninsula Planning and Development Commission to define and assess the feasibility of economic development activities and opportunities that sustain traditional land uses and which minimize adverse impacts on the natural…

Upper Androscoggin River Valley Sustainable Tourism Study

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. worked with the Appalachian Mountain Club in cooperation with Land Futures and Nordic Group International to assess the actual and potential contribution of the forestry and tourism industries, and alternative financing mechanisms…

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Becoming a Measurement Guide
Best Practices
Business Development
Capacity Building
Community Economic Development
Community Resilience
Custom Facilitation
Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
Feasibility and Pre-Feasibility Studies
Focus Groups
Green Community Technologies
Informal Economy
Learning Communities
Learning Journey
Market Research
Natural Resource Based Economic Development
Nature Based Tourism
Participatory Research
Policy Analysis
See the Forest
Social Capital
Spatial Analysis
Strategic Planning
Sustainable Infrastructure
Systems Thinking
Tool Development
Water Resources
Wealth Creation
Wealth Works
You Get What You Measure