Building the power of community leaders and policy-makers to protect our region's air, land, and water.
Policy opportunities vary dramatically across the Northwest and reflect each place’s political environment, conservation history, and local conservation community.
Our strategy invests in two or three critical organizations in each state (or province) that demonstrate the leadership, capacity, and track record to enact, implement, enforce, and defend strong conservation policies.
By the time the foundation sunsets in 2020, we aim to see:
Photo by Angela Milani, for Round River Conservation Studies
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."Go »
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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.Go »
Photo by Daniel Phelps
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.Go »
Conservation policy grants typically range from $25,000 to $60,000. Grants are awarded at one of three board meetings held each year. Proposals are accepted by invitation only.