Since I last reached out, WALT has approved a new 5-year strategic plan to help us take the next big leap, and has transitioned to a smaller, skills-based board of directors. Whats more, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) continues to build momentum towards a landmark legislative victory that hardly seemed possible a couple months ago.
These are things that we are both proud to have accomplished and excited to share. However, like many of you, this e-news finds me personally working through waves of emotions at the recent death of George Floyd and the ensuing groundswell of solidarity across the country (and the world).
Right now, it feels hard to know what next week will look like, let alone the next month. But I can say this: for the immediate and foreseeable future, WALT will be in urgent dialogue and deep reflection on how this moment informs our core mission and our collective efforts as a land trust community. It will be hard, humbling, and at times uncomfortable, but is absolutely essential.
I look forward to being able to share that journey with you.
Humbly, Nick Norton Executive Director
The Policy CornerStay up-to-date and take action on the important policy issues affecting land conservation in Olympia and D.C.
The Great American Outdoors Act (S.3422) is close to a full vote in the U.S. Senate, with a companion bill recently dropped in the House (H.B. 7092). It's all hands on deck to secure an historic victory for LWCF, so click here to message your Senators and here for talking points! Photo credit: David Hoefler
Hey, community forest managers...
Researchers at Oregon State University are conducting a survey on community forests. You can help by completing the survey by June 15. Click on the link for more details and to contact the researchers. Photo credit: Brian Yurasits
The Washington Department of Ecology recently announced over $5 million in National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants. Driven by the work of our member land trusts (see some of their funded projects below), Washington continues to be uniquely successful in leveraging this federal funding towards Puget Sound recovery. Congratulations!
Misery Point - Great Peninsula Conservancy Photo Credit: Anthony Gibbons
Drayton Harbor and California Creek Estuary - Whatcom Land Trust Photo Credit: Solvei Metcalf
Lower Eld Inlet - Capitol Land Trust Photo Credit: Matt Balder
Discovery Bay - Jefferson Land Trust Photo Credit: Department of Ecology
It's been a big month for our newest member, The American Farmland Trust! They have released the next phase of their "Farms Under Threat" initiative, launched in 2016 to track land use change affecting agriculture and analyze farmland preservation policy responses from all 50 states. It includes:
Media MomentsCheck out recent media content from members and partners across the state
The Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) call salmon back to their historic waters
Virtual Notes from the Field: "restoration in Action" Nisqually Land Trust
The Washington Association of Land Trusts (WALT) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Uniting 32 nonprofit land conservation organizations, WALT is the collective voice of Washington's land trust community.