Land Trust Alliance, Community Foundations Launch Conservation Effort

Land Trust Alliance, Community Foundations Launch Conservation Effort

The Land Trust Alliance in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, and the Idaho Community Foundation, has announced a new conservation initiative in the Pacific Northwest.

Launched with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative will work to protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington and preserve biodiversity, durable wildlife habitat, and functional migration corridors as the planet's climate changes. To that end, the partners will coordinate efforts to increase the capacity of land trusts in the region and provide them with the resources they need to conserve critical natural lands, with additional support from other community foundation donors.

"The initiative builds on the alliance's existing Pacific Northwest Advancing Conservation Excellence program that helps land trusts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho be high-performing nonprofit organizations," said Land Trust Alliance president Andrew Bowman. "The initiative will provide funding for land acquisition projects and land trust capacity building, thus enhancing the alliance's efforts to increase the effectiveness of land trusts as they tackle the climate change challenges and protect their communities."

"The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative provides a vision and resources for strategic land conservation in an era of climate change," said Sacha Spector, program director for the environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. "We're proud to be a part of this innovative philanthropic partnership that will unite donors from around the region to secure the lands that science tells us are the most critical to helping species and habitats persist in the face of a changing climate."