Public Lands, Common Ground How an experimental program in Oregon is empowering new voices for conservation

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The Brainerd Foundation is a Northwest-focused family foundation that provides funding and expertise so nonprofits, communities, and decision-makers can better protect our region's air, land, and water.

Funding

We fund organizations that protect the environment of the Northwest and build broad support for conservation.

Conservation policy

Conservation policy

Policy gains that ensure protection of our region's air, land, and water.

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Place-based conservation

Place-based conservation

Landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment.

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Conservation capacity

Conservation capacity

Building upon past investments and growing the next generation of conservation.

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Recent successes

Giant oil train scheme—the last domino—falls

Giant oil train scheme—the last domino—falls

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced his rejection of the Vancouver Energy project, which was the last remaining undecided project of at least a dozen well-developed schemes planned for Northwest ports and refineries. All of the proposals stumbled and fell in the face of coordinated and intractable opposition in the Northwest—the Thin Green Line.

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Highest court in Canada rules in favor of Yukon First Nations

Highest court in Canada rules in favor of Yukon First Nations

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of the First Nations of the Yukon Territory, who have been fighting to protect the Peel watershed region for more than a decade. The court's decision overturned a move by the Yukon government that rolled back years of planning, and ordered the government to consider a final recommended plan originally proposed by an independent commission nearly seven years ago.

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Washington commission unanimously recommends denial of oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington

Washington commission unanimously recommends denial of oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington

The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, leaving the final decision to Governor Jay Inslee. Since the project was announced in 2013, Vancouver residents, Columbia River Tribes, business and faith leaders, health and safety professionals, 3 Washington cities, the state department of Natural Resources, and over 300,000 comments have urged denial of the project.

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What we're learning as we head toward our Sunset

Can nonprofits design our way to a better future?

Can nonprofits design our way to a better future?

One of our grantees has adopted a toolkit used by the for-profit product development world, and it seems to be working. In this interview with Hope Rippeon of the League of Conservation Voters, she explains how design thinking is pushing her organization to choose, prioritize, develop, and evaluate real solutions.

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Educating in perilous times: preparing tomorrow's change agents

Educating in perilous times: preparing tomorrow's change agents

Professor Neva Hassanein shares five observations about how graduate training, or education "of a certain kind," can play a role in environmental and social movements.

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What happens when a sleeping giant wakes?

What happens when a sleeping giant wakes?

In this Medium post, the Brainerd Foundation is pleased to highlight the work of our colleagues at the Conservation Alliance. Their work in defense of public lands is an object lesson in what 21st Century advocacy can look like.

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