Our work in Washington and around the world is focused on five priorities: Oceans, Land, Water, Cities and Climate.
Our innovative thinking and science-based approaches to resolving our state’s most urgent conservation needs allow us to have a greater positive impact here in Washington and around the world—which equals a greater return on your investment.
Our deep experience and powerful connections with communities, tribes, government, businesses and individuals have allowed us to work successfully with our partners in the state for more than fifty years.
As part of the world’s largest conservation organization, we have the capacity to work at a meaningful scale and the experience and expertise to redefine conservation, transforming the relationship between people and nature here in Washington—and in our world.
For more than 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked in every corner of the state. We’ve earned a reputation for protecting wild places; our work has touched more than 800,000 acres across Washington. Over the years, our work has evolved into using science to solve conservation challenges, supporting communities, creating jobs and restoring our lands and waters.
Global and Local
The Nature Conservancy in Washington is part of the largest conservation organization in the world. In a global exchange of ideas, what we learn in Washington is applied to challenges in other states and countries, just as we benefit and learn from Conservancy work in other parts of the world. Our efforts to protect land and water improve life for people everywhere
The Nature Conservancy in Washington works across our state to ensure clean, plentiful water, assure community safety in the face of floods and wildfires, adapt to climate change, and create ways humans can interact with nature that support jobs, local communities and economic growth while protecting natural resources.
In the Puget Sound region, we are helping farmers thrive in the face of rising water and developing agricultural practices that protect and enhance the land and water around farms. Our Floodplains by Design program helps communities threatened by too much or too little water create systems and infrastructure that preserve and enhance life. With pollution damaging the health of the Sound, we are developing and implementing ways to clean and filter storm run-off before it reaches the Sound and advocating in our state capital for funding to clean up the Sound.
Along Washington’s Olympic coast, we are on the ground in forests where decades of logging have damaged habitat and water. Our science-based restoration program meticulously restores forests for birds, fish, animals and humans to enjoy for generations to come. Our partnership with fishing communities is leading to the development of innovative solutions to overfishing and the accidental catching of endangered marine life.
Across the state in Eastern Washington, we are also on the ground in the forests, restoring forests to health and diminishing the risk of catastrophic forests fires. Eastern Washington forests shade and cool the streams and rivers used by farmers and agriculture, in areas where much of our food is grown. By protecting those forests and streams we support local economies and assure the availability of healthy, local food.
WHY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY?
The Conservancy’s experience, reach and capacity position us to tackle the key conservation challenges of our time.
- Innovative finance for large-scale conservation projects
- Trusted advisor to government, business, private land owners and local communities
- Non-confrontational, pragmatic
- Deep experience, proven results
Across the globe, our growing needs for food, water and energy are driving a rapidly changing climate and are straining the natural systems on which all life depends. In Washington, our population more has than doubled since we began our work here in 1959. And we are expecting to grow by another 10 percent in the next decade. This creates unprecedented demands on the places and resources we depend upon for our prosperity, culture and quality of life. But along with the pressures of population and climate change, our ability to achieve transformative conservation has also grown. Today, we have the opportunity to change Washington for the better.
WHY THIS WORK?
Washington is diverse, in its people and its landscapes. Sustaining this diversity takes thoughtful, proactive conservation of the countless special places that make up our state. We use science and decades of experience to understand where the threat is greatest, and where our work can have the biggest impact. We focus on outcomes that work for people and for nature, knowing that one cannot thrive without the other.