Who We Are
The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils (IORC) is a non-profit grassroots organization working to protect Idaho’s unique way of life by empowering citizens to improve the economic well-being of their communities by preserving family farms and ranches; supporting local, sustainable agriculture; developing small businesses and clean energy; and being responsible stewards of Idaho’s water, land, air, and natural resources.
What We Do
The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils is building community power in Idaho through grassroots organizing. Using community action and engagement, we are working toward winning campaigns and creating a more democratic process in Idaho and beyond.
Utilizing membership engagement, IORC is a multi-issue organization focusing on local, state, and regional campaigns. We work on issues that are identified by our membership, and provide staff support to our local chapters. As an organization, our members are our leaders and spokespeople.
Our current campaigns include oil and gas development, independent agriculture, putting water first, and expanding recycling.
How We Are Organized
The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils is structured on three levels:
1. Regional Network
IORC is a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils. WORC is a regional network of grassroots community organizations that include 12,200 members and 39 local chapters across 7 western states. WORC helps member groups succeed by providing training and coordinating issue work. Based in Billings, Montana, WORC has field offices in Montrose, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.
2. Statewide Organization
The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils is a democratically controlled, member-based organization. Based in Boise, Idaho, IORC is a 501(c(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. It is led by a board of directors who provide oversight to the two staff.
3. Local Chapters
IORC has two local chapters the Weiser River Resource Council (WRRC), and the Portneuf Resource Council (PRC). The founding chapter, WRRC, was launched in September2012 and is located in Washington and Payette Counties. The second chapter, PRC was launched in October 2014 and is located in Bannock County.
How To Get Involved
Are you interested in learning more? Do you want to become a member? Contact one of our organizers by email Breland Draper at bdraper@IORCinfo.org, Doug Paddock at dpaddock@IORCinfo.org, or by phone at 208.991.4451.