With funds provided in part from this grant, the Conservancy already has purchased 27 parcels of land in and around Hells Canyon.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced a grant of $7 million over three years to The Nature Conservancy. The grant will enable efforts to preserve the natural areas identified as priorities by the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington in their wildlife action plans.
“The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is proud to support efforts aimed at realizing the vision that the states have put forward in their wildlife action plans,” said Dr. Mark Shaffer, director of DDCF’s Environment Program. “The action plans were developed with scientists, conservationists, hunters, anglers and others all working together. If we can now implement the plans with that same collaborative, pro-active and solution-oriented approach, the benefits for wildlife and people alike will be enormous.”
The grant from DDCF spurred the formation of the Northwest Wildlife Conservation Initiative, which includes The Nature Conservancy in all three states, Defenders of Wildlife in Oregon, Lava Lake Land and Livestock in Idaho, and Wilburforce Foundation in Washington. The Initiative is working with dozens of partners across the Pacific Northwest to advance critical land protection projects and build support and capacity for future conservation efforts. Projects supported by the Initiative must align with the priorities identified by the states in their action plans, and bring additional funds from other sources. The Initiative’s goal is to build upon the initial investment by DDCF and secure a total of at least $38 million for conservation priorities across the three states.
Cal Groen, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, added, “At a time when Idaho’s landscapes are changing at an unprecedented rate, the Idaho Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy helps us understand how to protect what Idahoans value, including wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches and outdoor recreation. We welcome and encourage others to join with us, to enhance our state's legacy of outdoor recreation and benefit all Idahoans who care about our state’s natural heritage."
Several land protection projects have already been awarded grants from the Initiative, including:
State wildlife action plans were first conceived in 2000, when Congress mandated that each state develop a comprehensive strategy for conserving its wildlife. The states submitted their plans to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the fall of 2005, and they were all approved by February of 2007. In developing these plans, the state wildlife agencies identified species and habitats in greatest need of conservation attention. They were careful to consider the broad range of wildlife, including game and non-game species, common species as well as endangered ones. They also brought multiple stakeholders to the table to establish a common conservation agenda that could achieve broad acceptance within each state.
Additional information about the wildlife action plans for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho can be accessed through http://www.wildlifeactionplans.org
Contact for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation:
Douglas Meyer, 202-329-3299 / email@example.com
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.
The Northwest Wildlife Conservation Initiative is a collaboration among public and private partners working to raise and invest over $38 million dollars to protect critical habitat and expand resources to implement state wildlife action plans. It is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.