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.

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Measures of success

By the time the foundation sunsets in 2020, we aim to see:

  • Effective collaboration among organizations to achieve policy goals.
  • Conservation organizations with improved credibility and influence among community and policy leaders.
  • A broader base of stakeholders engaged in conservation advocacy.
  • More public officials and policy-makers who champion conservation priorities.

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Successes in conservation policy

Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

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

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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Court overturns denial of endangered species protection for Montana's grayling

Court overturns denial of endangered species protection for Montana's grayling

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of endangered species protection for Montana Arctic grayling was unlawful and ordered the agency to reconsider protection for the rare fish. The Fish and Wildlife Service first determined the grayling warranted endangered status in 1994, but continuously delayed protections. In 2014 the agency denied protection outright.

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Typical conservation policy grantees

  • Organizations serving as lead advocates on statewide conservation policies
  • Issue-based organizations leading collaborative efforts on strategic policy priorities
  • Organizations advancing voter education and civic engagement efforts for the conservation community
  • Legal groups providing environmental law expertise and policy counsel

Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.

Meet some of our grantees in conservation policy

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Conservation policy grants typically range from $40,000 to $75,000 and can be awarded for multiple years. Inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants are awarded at one of three board meetings held each year. Proposals are accepted by invitation only.

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