Program Areas

Public Lands Conservation

  • Protect forest ecosystems for long-term benefits, including clean water, clean air, biodiversity, carbon storage, and resilience.
  • Engage citizens in sound forest transportation planning and efforts to limit ecosystem threats from irresponsible off-road vehicle use.
  • Leverage federal agency budgets and planning processes to reduce forest road density, remove legacy roads, and restore the health of forest ecosystems.
  • Secure permanent protections to preserve intact ecosystems in select places in our region.
  • Enhance habitat connectivity and wildlife corridors to facilitate species migration in response to a changing climate.

Nearshore Marine and Estuary Conservation

  • Improve and protect the health and viability of nearshore marine ecosystems, estuaries and watersheds.
  • Build a constituency to support and advocate for conservation and climate adaptation actions and policies on Washington’s Outer Coast.
  • Encourage local, state, tribal and federal planning processes to guide sustainable resource use and climate adaptation strategies in nearshore and estuary ecosystems in Washington and Oregon.
  • Implement marine protected areas and reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea.

Conservation Community Effectiveness

Build a robust conservation community that establishes common policy priorities to solve statewide and regional environmental problems.


Our engagement in Energy issues is limited to the following two efforts:

  • Prevent the development of coal export facilities in Washington and Oregon.
  • Support local efforts to build public awareness of, and influence in, fossil fuel mining and transport proposals and energy facility siting and operations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.


The Foundation will also invite proposals that respond to emergencies or opportunities to address pressing issues that are consistent with our grantmaking priorities.