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.