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VARD Welcomes Director of Communications & Conservation


January 7th, 2015

Contact: Shawn Hill, Executive Director, 208-354-1707

 Valley Advocates for Responsible Development welcomes Rachel Daluge as new Director of Communication & Conservation

 (Driggs, ID)– Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is proud to announce Rachel Daluge as the new Director of Communication & Conservation (DCC). As DCC, she will be primarily responsible for communicating the mission of VARD, which is to shape policy, guide development, and provide outreach to preserve natural resources, protect rural character, and promote vibrant communities in Teton Valley. She will also beRachel_Daluge_Small the principal staff member in leading VARD’s new conservation programing. Rachel started full-time on January 5th, 2015.

With over 10 years of natural resources and marketing experience, Rachel has run a variety of programs that include; noxious weed control, planning and subdivision reviews, agriculture assistance, water quality monitoring, pollution prevention plans, and wildlife research and data collection. Rachel obtained a BA in Environmental Studies from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and is currently in the process of achieving her Masters Degree in Project Engineering and Management from Montana Tech.

Rachel and her husband Mark have lived in Victor for 8 years. They’re now raising their 2-year-old daughter Harper here. Rachel notes, “It is very important for me to make sure that Teton Valley is a place of vibrant communities, thriving agriculture, and pristine natural resources. My family has chosen to live here not only for the exceptional access to recreational opportunities but also because of the community. I look forward to serving my community through VARD.”

Rachel joins new Executive Director Shawn Hill, Program Director/Staff Attorney Anna Trentadue, and Development Director Paul Wendland. “We are pleased to have Rachel join our team.” stated Shawn Hill. “Her unique skill set will round out VARD’s multidisciplinary staff and we look forward to the contributions she will make to Teton Valley’s communication and conservation goals.”

The public is encouraged to stop by and say hello to Rachel at VARD’s office located at 285 E. Little Ave. in Driggs, email her at, or call her at (208) 354-1707.

Further information about VARD can be found at


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