Power to the (young) people: Celebrating an inspired pathway for young Alaskan activists.

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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

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Conservation policy

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

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Place-based conservation

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Place-based conservation

Landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment.

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Conservation capacity

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Conservation capacity

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

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Recent successes

Yellowstone grizzly protections restored

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Yellowstone grizzly protections restored

Federal protections have been restored to a population of grizzly bears living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, effectively calling off grizzly hunts in Wyoming and Idaho. The U.S. District Court ruling identified the isolation of the Yellowstone grizzlies as a key factor, labeling the Trump administration's analysis of future threats to the population as "arbitrary and capricious."

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Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

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Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

Canada's National Energy Board had approved expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, claiming the acknowledged likely negative impact on critically endangered southern-resident killer whales was beyond it's scope. The national Court of Appeals disagrees, revoking approval of the project, a ruling hailed on both sides of the border by First Nations, U.S. tribes, environmental advocates.

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Community Groups force EPA to end delay of Chemical Disaster Rule

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Community Groups force EPA to end delay of Chemical Disaster Rule

Community groups, represented by Earthjustice, won key protections that safeguard the public and first responders from chemical disasters. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay of implementation of EPA’s Chemical Disaster Rule was unlawful. Industry will now need to implement the life-saving protections of that rule.

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What we've learned

Letting go...and moving forward

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Letting go...and moving forward

After 23 years, moving an office is about more than furniture and boxes. For our co-director, Keiki Kehoe, it was also about reflecting on more than two decades of work and experiencing firsthand what our grantees have been telling us for a while now -- that the very nature of the workplace is changing.

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How do we win against weaponized chaos?

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How do we win against weaponized chaos?

One year into the current -- very strange -- political reality, and inspired by David Domke, we asked the experts at Resource Media to share their advice for nonprofit communicators in this time of the "new normal." Their recommendations were not silver bullets, but rather rock solid reminders of the lessons we must continue to reinforce.

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

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

Learn more about how one of our grantees is channeling new interest in keeping public lands in public hands, experimenting with sharing power, and including more diverse communities in the process.

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