BECAUSE OF YOU, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF HUGE PROGRESS FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE IN WASHINGTON AND AROUND THE WORLD

HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE HIGH IMPACT ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU HAVE HELPED US ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAr:


LAND

 

A RECORD YEAR OF FIRES IN OUR STATE

Nearly 1 million acres have burned, hundreds of homes have been lost, and, most devastating, three firefighters lost their lives fighting the blazes that blanket North Central Washington.


FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN

Our goal is to restore the forests of the Central Cascades to be more resilient to fire, disease and a changing climate.

Through extensive community engagement and with nearly 49,000 acres of land in six different geographic regions and 124 miles of designated summer and winter trails, there is ample opportunity for a diverse array of non-motorized and motorized activities.

 

IMPACT INVESTMENT

 We are changing the way conservation is financed. We are doing this by restoring forests to health on both sides of the cascades, addressing stormwater runoff and by engaging leaders and creating innovative green solutions to restore the health of Puget Sound for people and nature.


WATER

Did you know flooding is becoming more frequent and severe? Increasingly communities, wildlife and livelihoods are threatened by water at the wrong time, in the wrong place, too much water or poor water quality

There are innovative ways to keep communities safe, allow salmon and wildlife to thrive and protect farms and businesses. Floodplains by Design uses science, collaboration and partnership to create and integrate projects that improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitats, improve water quality and enhance outdoor recreation.


FLOODPLAINS BY DESIGN FUNDING

The city of Orting was honored for the Floodplains by Design Puyallup River Project and received the 2015 Municipal Excellence Award!


OCEANS

We've made huge strides this year along the Washington Coast, from protecting the Emerald Edge to the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative and to protecting 32-miles of river corridor on the Olympic Peninsula.

3,184 ACRES

MORE THAN 3,000 ACRES PROTECTED ALONG THE HOH RIVER

$11 MILLION

FOR THE WA COAST RESTORATION INITIATIVE

EMERALD EDGE PROGRAM

PARTNERING WITH FIRST NATIONS

WA COAST WORKS

SUSTAINABLE SMALL BUSINESS COMPETITION 


CLIMATE

 

Climate change is one of the world’s most urgent challenges and an immediate risk to our communities, economies, and to our conservation mission. This year, we endorsed practical, innovative strategies to limit carbon and have made it a goal to create a prosperous, low-carbon future that is cleaner, healthier, and more secure for everyone. 


CITIES

A reimagined Puget Sound region will strengthen the ties that bind our urban streetscapes to our natural landscapes.
— Jessie Israel, our Director of Puget Sound Conservation

Ensuring clean water means keeping a close eye on what goes into our waterways. Reducing polluted runoff - from farm fields and cities - is one of the best ways to protect clean water.

This year, we began taking a strong approach to this emerging strategy, by using natural solutions to facilitate a robust relationship between our cities and our environment.


VOLUNTEERS

1,270 ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS

310 NEW VOLUNTEERS IN 2015

13 
Restoration work parties

19
Ambassador community events attended

3,240
Total # volunteer hours

We are grateful for so many voices and helping hands making a difference across the state.
— Lauren Miheli, Volunteer Coordinator

SOCIAL MEDIA

HELPING A NEW GENERATION FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE, BY FIRST HELPING THEM FALL IN LOVE WITH IT ONLINE

Facebook Followers

32,761 Followers in 2015

TOP TWITTER POSTS

INSTAGRAM


We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!

 

Help us continuE to make a difference for the lands and waters across Washington and around the world.