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WALT eNews June 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

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 Corner
Stay 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
COASTAL WETLANDS SPOTLIGHT 
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:

RECREATE RESPONSIBLY RESOURCES

Recreate Responsibly Coalition Press Release (WA Recreate Responsibly Coalition)

Responsible Recreation During COVID-19 (Outdoor Alliance recording)

 
Gathering Protocol During COVID-19 (Colorado Mountain Club)
 
10 New Rules of the Trail (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)

Recreate Responsibly Tip Sheet (DNR and REI)

 
Responsible Recreation Guides - EnglishSpanish, Vietnamese, Russian Translations (WDFW)
 
Beach Access During COVID-19 (Surfrider Foundation)

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Republican Legislators push for June special session (Washington State Wire).

Get inspired by Columbia Land Trust's story on giving timber-crews an unusual request while working on coastal forest restoration (Columbia Land Trust).

Jefferson Land Trust's virtual naturalist courses draws hundreds of local residents (Port Townsend Leader).

Trust for Public Land secures last unprotected parcel on Tiger Mountain (The Seattle Lesbian).

North Olympic Land Trust and Jefferson Land Trust team up with partners to offer fund to support farmers in need on the peninsula (Peninsula Daily News).


PCC Farmland Trust featured in article about introducing land trust boards to conservation finances (Conservation Finance Network). 

Rep. Dan Newhouse penned a recent op-ed on the importance of farmland conservation that mentions the work of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (Wenatchee World).

Oregon Vesper Sparrow recommended for listing in Washington, despite important ongoing efforts of the Center for Natural Lands Management (The Reflector).

 
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JOBS

Conservation Project Manager, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy

Office Manager, Nisqually Land Trust

Executive Director, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy


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FUNDING

The Mosaic Foundation's COVID-19 Rapid Response Infrastructure RFP is open. The next deadlines are June 12 and July 2

DNR's Forest Legacy Program is accepting submissions until Sep. 4th
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