The Boeing Company has granted $150,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Washington through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization to support planning for conservation and restoration that will benefit communities throughout Puget Sound.
The funding will enable the Conservancy to compile data about coastal and marine life and habitat in Puget Sound, and make it accessible for local people to participate in the state’s new Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning program.
Coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) is a public policy process for society to better plan for fishing, energy, recreation and nature in the most sustainable ways. A key component of this process is bringing scientific and spatial data together with the deep knowledge of ocean users to develop interactive maps that allow for public participation and better management decisions. In Washington the process has started with new state legislation and public agencies preparing for their roles. The Conservancy is putting an emphasis on providing local communities and stakeholder groups access to the information needed for good decisions.
“We are deeply grateful to Boeing for this gift,” said Karen Anderson, the Conservancy’s Washington director. “Puget Sound is the most abundant region in Washington, with more species of plants and animals than anywhere else. It’s also the economic heart of our state and the center of our population, which puts tremendous pressure on the health of its waters. With this funding, we’ll be able to create the tools to empower community stakeholders with the information they need to participate in planning for the future of their Puget Sound, to preserve the abundance we all depend on.”
"The environment is one of Global Corporate Citizenship's main focus areas and part of our strategy is to invest in community-based programs that protect and restore natural habitat in Puget Sound," said Liz Warman, director of Global Corporate Citizenship in the Northwest region. "We are pleased to partner with The Nature Conservancy on this innovative program that is critical to the health and vibrancy of our waters and surrounding communities."
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.