Advocating for Farm Bill Conservation Programs

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Our priorities are to protect conservation funding through ACEP and RCPP & to make these easement programs more accessible for land trusts and landowners.
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Convening the Conversation around Community Forests

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Source: Authored by Jefferson Land Trust & WALT

This August, Jefferson Land Trust and Sustainable Northwest hosted a tour of Jefferson Land Trust’s Chimacum Ridge Community Forest – an amazing example of how community forests are forging the way for community conservation.
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Washington Outdoor Recreation Boasts $7.6 Billion in Annual Wages and Salaries

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In July, the Outdoor Industry Association released its Outdoor Recreation Economy Report for all 50 states. As for Washington, our outdoor industry simply can’t be beat.
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Lack of a state capital budget leaves projects in limbo

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The Washington State Legislature ended their third special session without passing a capital construction budget. This unprecedented situation impacts communities across our state — including critical conservation, habitat restoration, salmon recovery and parks and trails projects that have been put on hold and thrown into an uncertain future.
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Donor Spotlight: Brian Childs

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We’re starting a new quarterly story in our e-news called Donor Spotlight, which will feature an individual, business or organization that is an active supporter of the Washington Association of Land Trusts. This issue we’re featuring Brian Childs, the Training Program Manager at Moz and a long time donor and volunteer for WALT.
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Raise a glass for your local land trust

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Land trusts working to protect farmland are protecting the source and character of some of our favorite beer ingredients.
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Why one land trust is doubling down on work in the city

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WALT and our members have been investing in deeper relationships between land trusts and their communities, through conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion and community conservation. In this interview, Forterra’s Executive Director Gene Duvernoy talks about how working on affordable housing in downtown Seattle fits in with the organization’s conservation mission.
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Washington pushing back on proposed federal conservation cuts

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The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, released in late May, throws federal conservation funding into a high level of uncertainty. The administration’s budget proposal cuts many conservation funding programs.
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A letter home from camp

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This was the 5th biannual Northwest Land Camp, hosted in partnership by Washington Association of Land Trusts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts. Set in front of the backdrop of the Columbia Gorge, near the famed Vista House, Land Camp seemed a lifetime away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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Five Land Trust properties perfect for weekday hikes

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Here are a few land trust preserves that are an easy 30-minute (or less!) drive from home. Getting out on the land to see the places that land trusts have protected is a fantastic way to enjoy an evening hike, watch birds and wildlife, and celebrate the solstice in your own way.
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