WALT eNews – April 8, 2021

WALT monthly eNews! Learn about legislative corner, land trust campaigns, and more! Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to hear the latest stories, engaging events, and most exciting highlights from projects around PNW.

WALT eNews – March 4, 2021

For the month of March here’s WALT eNews! Learn about NW Land Camp (registration opens March 10th), coastal heritage, and more! Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to hear the latest stories, engaging events, and most exciting highlights from projects around PNW.

Grant announcement (Spring 2021: Martin Miller Fund)

MARTIN MILLER FUND REQUEST FOR GRANT PROPOSALS Deadline: May 1, 2021 Seattle Audubon Society’s Martin Miller Fund is seeking applications for grants to help acquire wildlife habitat to be protected in perpetuity. Protection of the habitat value must be a primary purpose of the acquisition, and is usually done by an approved conservation easement. Other

WALT eNews – February 4, 2021

For the month of February, here’s WALT eNews! Learn about the latest our land trust acquisitions, session updates, and more! Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to hear the latest stories, engaging events, and most exciting highlights from projects around PNW.

WALT eNews – January 14, 2021

For the month of January, here’s WALT eNews! We’re thrilled to announce our 2021 legislative agenda, policy priorities, and more! Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to hear the latest stories, engaging events, and most exciting highlights from projects around PNW.

WALT eNews – December 17, 2020

For the month of December, here’s WALT eNews! We’re thrilled to announce a virtual Advocacy Days for 2021, policy priorities, and more! Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to hear the latest stories, engaging events, and most exciting highlights from projects around PNW.

WALT eNews – November 30, 2020

To round out November, here is the second-part of WALT eNews. Read about our Giving Tuesday message, resources for Native American Heritage Month, virtual events, and more.  Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to get it instantly.

WALT eNews – November 11, 2020

WALT eNews for the first half of November is here. Read about an updated Forest Action Plan, virtual events, and more.  Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to get it instantly.

WALT October 22 eNews

WALT eNews for the second half of October is here. Read about a circus of sign-on letters, ACEP liaison, and more. Together, WALT and TNC are inviting organizations and individuals to join a sign-on letter for community forests. Check out past eNews here. If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to get it

WALT (early) October 2020 eNews

WALT eNews for the first half of October is here. Read about shore-friendly projects, updated state revenue projects, and more. Stay tuned for another eNews later this month! Check out past eNews here.If you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter to get it instantly.

WALT September 2020 eNews

In the first half of September, we shared a surprise early edition of September’s WALT eNews.  The second eNews in September is now available with even more resources, events, and stories.  Check out past eNews here.

RCO Community Forest Applications open now! Apply by Oct 1, 2020

The Recreation and Conservation Office has finalized evaluation criteria for their new Community Forest Program.  Applications are open from September 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020. Excerpt: “The Community Forests Program gives communities a way to preserve their working forest heritage. The grant program balances the many benefits forests provide – from providing money from use

WALT (early) September 2020 eNews

Check out a special early September 2020 edition of WALT eNews celebrating this month’s events, news and resources.  Check out past eNews here. We normally send enews once a month, but with all the interesting stories, resources, and opportunities for engagement coming through our door, we couldn’t wait for another two weeks. In a year full of them,

WALT August 2020 eNews

Check out the August 2020 edition of WALT eNews celebrating this month’s events, news and resources.  Check out past eNews here. We’re celebrating passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, new funding opportunities for community forests, and TPL’s interactive map of LWCF funding opportunities.

WALT July 2020 eNews

Check out the July 2020 edition of WALT eNews celebrating this month’s events, news and resources.  For current job openings in our network, visit: https://walandtrusts.org/about-us/jobs/

Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiatives

In our May 2020 eNews, we shared the news of the first round of projects realized through the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscape Initiative –  led by the Land Trust Alliance, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation, and Idaho Community Foundation with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Congratulations to the following WALT members, whose projects were recommended for the

WALT June 2020 eNews

Check out the June 2020 edition of WALT eNews celebrating this month’s events, news and resources.  For current job openings in our network, visit: https://walandtrusts.org/about-us/jobs/

Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscape Initiatives

The first round of projects from the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative has been announced.  Five leading organizations – the Land Trust Alliance, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Idaho Community Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – are leading this initiative.  This initiative connects “natural resilience with community resilience, supporting projects that strengthen access

Hispanic Access Fund’s 2nd annual Congressional Toolkit & Policy Recommendations

The Hispanic Access Fund released their 2020 Congressional Toolkit and Policy Recommendations (available in both English and Spanish).  The toolkit explores issues around public lands, water and climate, and identifies the health, economic and cultural impact on Latino communities, while highlighting policy recommendations. Toolkit and recommendations: https://www.hispanicaccess.org/news-resources/news-releases/item/867-haf-releases-its-2nd-annual-congressional-conservation-toolkit-policy-recommendations. To learn how you can get involved (as

WALT May 2020 eNews

Check out the May 2020 edition of WALT eNews celebrating this month’s events, news and resources.

Yes Your Land Trust Can Lobby….if You Follow Some Basic Rules

Do you want to expand your advocacy, but have questions about lobbying?  The Land Trust Alliance has compiled answers to common questions. Whether you have a robust advocacy strategy or simply considering calling your legislator – get started with this guide (last revised: 1-28-2020). Credit: The Land Trust Alliance

Talking to Your Legislator

Explore the art of talking to your legislator from Audubon Washington. 1. Emphasize what is known // 2. Invert the standard order for reporting. // 3. Less is more// 4. Stop speaking in code

Report: How to Talk About Climate Change

Land conservation has an important role to play in responding to climate change, and now this 2018 report “How to Talk About Climate Change” from the Open Space Institute and the Land Trust Alliance answers some of the common questions land trust face when thinking about addressing climate change. These findings, conducted by Water Words

What’s “Slacktivism” and Why It Matters

Often called “slacktivism”, having your supporters engage through social media is a key step in any advocacy plan. Outdoor Alliance has a great series, Advocacy 101, which includes a discussion of why slacktivism matters.

Building Advocacy Campaigns

Take a deep dive into building an advocacy campaign from the Audubon Society. This manual draws from the professional experience of the authors, as well as the work of several organizations, existing campaign manuals, and resource libraries.

Power Mapping

“Power mapping can be used to target the key decision-makers or influencers needed most to achieve policy wins, allowing you to map those with voting and decision-making power over an issue you are advocating for”. Scan this introduction to power mapping from The Campaign Workshop.

Request-for-Proposals, Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

Request-for-proposals for Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund is now open (read the Guidance Document and Catalyst Fund RFP).  The Network for Landscape Conservation is hosting two informative webinars. Webinars: February 10, 2020 (11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET) February 19, 2020 (11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET) March 13, 2020:  pre-proposal deadline May 1, 2020: 

The Beaver Restoration Guidebook

This guidebook provides a practical synthesis of the best available science for using beaver to improve ecosystem functions. If you are a restoration practitioner, land manager, landowner, restoration funder, project developer, regulator, or other interested cooperator, this guidebook is for you. The Beaver Restoration Guidebook was prepared by US FWS, NOAA, University of Saskatchewan, and USFS.

Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration (PSAR) Factsheet & Investments

This factsheet describes the benefits of Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration Fund (PSAR) investments. The PSAR focuses its efforts on critical habitat and salmon populations. PDF: PSAR General Factsheet Source: Puget Sound Partnership   This factsheet outlines the PSAR grant funding priorities for 2017-2019, as well as return-on-investment stats. PDF: PSAR Funding 2017-19 Factsheet Source: Puget Sound Partnership

Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

This factsheet describes the economic contribution of Outdoor Recreation for each activity type, and the breakdown from each county. Excellent source for stats. PDF: Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Source: Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

Legal Issues with Trails

Private land owners, public land managers, land trusts, trail advocates, and others must be aware of the legal responsibilities associated with developing and maintaining trails. Although risks and responsibilities vary widely depending on the location and type of use, this topic has been addressed in all 50 states and is well-studied. This paper outlines basic

European Handbook of Crowdsourced Geographic Information

This book focuses on the study of the remarkable new source of geographic information that has become available in the form of user-generated content accessible over the Internet through mobile and Web applications. The exploitation, integration and application of these sources, termed volunteered geographic information (VGI) or crowdsourced geographic information (CGI), offer scientists an unprecedented

Explore Puget Sound – GIS Data

This regional Northwest Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) allows stakeholders and communities to visualize ecological, human use and infrastructure data in a centralized location, potential vulnerabilities based on climate change forecast conditions, and the need for adaptive habitat restoration. Link: Explore Puget Sound – GIS Data.  Source: NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. 

Drafting Conservation Easements for Agriculture

This article examines the fundamental premises underlying agricultural easements and discusses key drafting issues that reflect those premises and objectives. Some of the key drafting issues include the easement purpose, construction of agricultural buildings and structures, construction of residential and farm worker dwellings, agricultural practices, subdivision and rural enterprises. Source: Farmland Information Center.

The Future of Farming

The Future of Farming is a statewide strategic plan for Washington agriculture submitted to the Legislature and the Governor in February 2009. The plan was prepared by the Washington State Department of Agriculture in 2008 with guidance from an industry steering committee and input from about 2,000 participants from the industry’s many segments. The project