Success! Thanks to generous donors like you, we have reached our goal in the largest fundraising campaign that our chapter has undertaken. The Forces of Nature Campaign has raised $33.3 million dollars to invest in our greatest conservation challenges:
- Cleaning up Puget Sound
- Bringing wild salmon back to the Washington coast
- Restoring our East Cascades forests
- Bringing local solutions to global challenges
The common thread in this campaign is to prove that restoration of our natural resources can provide ecological, social and economic benefits. With your support, the Conservancy is working to keep people, economies and nature healthy by protecting and restoring the natural systems on which we all depend.
To ensure that the next generation will enjoy the same quality of life that we have enjoyed, we must transform our relationship with the natural world that sustains us. Through the Forces of Nature Campaign, we are working in new ways to:
- Rally the broader community to reduce toxic runoff—the biggest source of pollution in Puget Sound
- Make conservation good for the bottom lines of farmers, forest managers and shellfish growers as well as good for the lands and waters they manage
- Transform forest and ocean management for long-term sustainability, and galvanize local and tribal economies
- Greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic, costly wildfires to communities that live near the forests of eastern Washington, while reducing fire suppression costs by more than fifty percent
“Our economy and quality of life are intertwined with our state’s clean water, abundant natural resources and astounding beauty,” said Mike Stevens, the Conservancy’s Washington director. “Through their generosity to this campaign, the people of Washington have shown they understand and value what we have and are willing to work to steward it.”
“We are grateful to our donors who have demonstrated their passion and commitment to conservation even during difficult economic times,” said Campaign Chair Elaine French, a volunteer and member of the state chapter’s board of trustees.
In all, the Conservancy raised nearly $18 million for acquisitions, $10 million for on-the-ground work, and more than $6 million for international programs.
See videos about work you’ve supported to restore Washington’s coastal forests for salmon and people.
We’re working with nature to protect farms from flooding while restoring salmon habitat.