You may not be aware, but in 2019, the Land Trust Alliance, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation, and Idaho Community Foundation embarked on a journey together with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Known as the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, these partners have committed to unlocking more private funding for climate resilient lands and strong land trusts at the regional level.
On May 5, 2020, these partners released a funding announcement for 15 projects that they feel will preserve essential habitats today, provide wildlife connectivity for a changing future, and unlock substantial community benefits. Check out the profiles of the 5 Washington projects recommended for funding below. We are so excited to see this innovative effort take flight and look forward to helping in whatever way we can to help these partners “build the pie” for conservation in the region!
Congratulations to the following WALT members, whose projects were recommended for the first round of funding through the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative:
Great Peninsula Conservancy: Rocky Creek
Protection of the watershed also protects endangered species. The Squaxin Island Tribe and other local organizations have identified this site as a priority.
Photo credit: Brenna Thompson
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust: Cascades Modoc Highlands
These 2,100 acres are surrounded by 20,000 of protected habitat, and creates a “mosaic of varying habitats” for diverse plants, birds, and wildlife.
Photo credit: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
North Olympic Land Trust: River’s Edge
In partnership with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Clallam County, this project conserves 104 total acres of farmland and habitat in the Dungeness River Valley.
Photo credit: Patrick Downs
North Olympic Land Trust: Lower Elwha River
All five native Pacific salmon call the Elwha River home. This project features a family-owned farm and riparian forest which is crucial for increased flooding.
Photo credit: Isaac Gaustchi
PCC Farmland Trust: Reiner Farm
For over 100 years, Reiner Farm was stewarded by the same family. PCC Farmland Trust is working to protect these property in perpetuity alongside the Tulalip Tribe. Photo credit: PCC Farmland Trust