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 Mahkeo via Unsplash
Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard stands, as the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to review an oil industry challenge to the law. Implemented in 2016, the clean-transportation policy aims to help Oregon address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks by 10% over the course of a decade. In its first two years, the policy reduced Oregon's climate pollution by more than 1.7 million tons, the equivalent of taking 360,000 cars off the road.Go »
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed new legislation to protect orca whales and the salmon they eat. Scientists have said orcas don't have enough to eat, so the state is taking steps to protect the Chinook salmon population, their main food source. Workers also plan to reduce pollution by regulating toxic chemicals and using tugs to escort oil tankers and barges in Rosario Strait.Go »
Photo by Angela Milani via 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 »
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.