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The Nature Conservancy in Washington 

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Our vision is thriving nature & communities- a shared future enabling us to prosper while caring for the lands & waters that sustain us. With your support we: 

Protect treasured places, iconic wildlife & irreplaceable natural systems through creative models of science, collaboration & conservation.

Transform forestry, fishing, agriculture, natural area & water management, business & industry through innovation.

Inspire a movement strengthening the relationship between people & nature, creating healthy communities, thriving natural resources & commitment to the environment.

Mission Statement
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. We work across Washington, in all 50 states and in 35 countries, focusing land, oceans, water, cities and climate change. 
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The Nature Conservancy in Washington
1917 First Ave 
Seattle 
WA
98101 
(206) 343-4344 

Michael Stevens 
State Director 

Programs

The Nature Conservancy in Washington Programs

The Nature Conservancy in Washington works across our state to ensure clean, plentiful water, assure community safety in the face of floods and wildfires, adapt to climate change, and create ways humans can interact with nature that support jobs, local communities and economic growth while protecting natural resources.

In the Puget Sound region, we are helping farmers thrive in the face of rising water and developing agricultural practices that protect and enhance the land and water around farms. Our Floodplains by Design program helps communities threatened by too much or too little water create systems and infrastructure that preserve and enhance life.  With pollution damaging the health of the Sound, we are developing and implementing ways to clean and filter storm run-off before it reaches the Sound and advocating in our state capital for funding to clean up the Sound.

Along Washington’s Olympic coast, we are on the ground in forests where decades of logging have damaged habitat and water. Our science-based restoration program meticulously restores forests for birds, fish, animals and humans to enjoy for generations to come. Our partnership with fishing communities is leading to the development of innovative solutions to overfishing and the accidental catching of endangered marine life. 

In the cascade forests, we are also on the ground, restoring forests to health and diminishing the risk of catastrophic forests fires.Central Washington forests shade and cool the streams and rivers used by farmers and agriculture, in areas where much of our food is grown. By protecting those forests and streams we support local economies and assure the availability of healthy, local food.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

This year we executed a landmark deal to protect 48,000 acres of forest between Snoqualmie Pass and Cle Elum. These treasured lands are right in our backyard, offering unique opportunities for wildlife, recreation and community benefit.  

While our purchase of these forests is a breakthrough, there is much that needs to be done to restore these forests to health.  Human use and climate change have left our iconic forests damaged and increased the risk of catastrophic wildfires. With your support, we will engage in active restoration, bringing these forest back to health. This will create connected corridors for wildlife to migrate and thrive, shade to protect the rivers and streams that support agriculture in the Yakima Valley, and places for people to go for recreation and relaxation. This project is ambitious and transformative and can only be done with your support.

Evaluation

The Nature Conservancy has worked in Washington State for 50 years. It is the largest conservation agency in Washington State, the United States and the world. While originally their mission focused more closely on endangered and threatened species, in the past decade they have realized that all of their strategies must also specifically focus on the benefit to people.

Proven Success
The Conservancy has set Puget Sound as a top priority. From engagement with farmers and government agencies on flooding and drainage issues, to expansion of habitat for native fish populations, to reversal of near shore habitat loss, they are working towards sustainable solutions for Puget Sound.

They are focusing on; reducing toxic runoff by convening partners, government agencies and tribal nations, working with farmers, timber managers and shellfish growers to make conservation on the lands and waters they manage good for their bottom line and protecting and restoring rivers and shorelines, and the clean water and habitat they provide, so that they support fisheries, farming and other human needs.

Use of Best Practices
In the upcoming fiscal year, their business plan lays out the following action steps toward improving water quality in Puget Sound; map the locations that contribute the most polluted runoff so thet can target landowner incentive programs where they will have the greatest public benefit; develop incentive programs with agricultural producers who volunteer to improve water quality coming from agricultural lands in order to reduce the likelihood of regulation; initiate river restoration projects which demonstrate to public and private investors how restoration of clean water flow can strengthen communities and increase public safety

Collaboration
The Nature Conservancy builds community connections through collaborative work that empowers local farmers, tribes, business people, non-profits and agencies to work towards common and mutually beneficial conservation goals.

They collaborate not only with those outside of the organization, but also with other chapters around the country, sharing best practices, expertise, and assistance in essential business activities such as human resources and financial services.

They are involved members of two nonprofit partnerships – the Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines and the Environmental Priorities Coalition – as well as convening an outreach effort to raise awareness of the actual state of Puget Sound.

Sustainability
The Nature Conservancy works with public land-owning entities and partners, and helps all people realize the importance of conservation. They have more than 32,000 members in the state of Washington, and a broad donor base.

They have expanded their fundraising staff and their board is actively engaged in the process of encouraging others in the community to invest time, money and other resources into the Washington Chapter of the Conservancy. They are seeking new partnerships and have retained a consultant to develop a corporate engagement program that will be implemented this year.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2013 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/21/2007 $40,000.00support general operating expenses.

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