Emerging Leaders Council - Columbia Land Trust
The ELC at Habitap 2018. Photo by Gabriel Olson

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is comprised of people ages 20 to 40 who have passions for the outdoors, conservation, and life in the Northwest. Founded in 2014, the ELC is charged with building upon Columbia Land Trust’s mission of conservation among their peers. Check out our current council roster.

What We Do

The ELC supports outreach events that help engage, educate, and inspire:

  • Habitap: Each year, the group organizes a ‘Habitap’ happy hour event as a way to introduce friends to the work of Columbia Land Trust while partnering with a local brewery to support the conservation work upon which great beer depends.
  • On-the-land Stewardship: Members of the ELC take every opportunity to roll up their sleeves and support the Land Trust’s restoration and stewardship projects on nearby conserved lands. Whether planting trees, surveying wildlife, pulling ivy, or mending fences, the crew
  • Event and Program Support: Annual Land Trust events like the Wild Splendor fall gala and the member appreciation picnic wouldn’t be possible without support from dedicated ELC members. In addition, individuals members volunteer their talents, such as photography.
  • Community Partnerships: For several years, the ELC has organized a volunteer day at the Dharma Rain Zen Center, an organization in Portland that is transforming its property from brownfield to urban naturescape as a participant in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program*. In the years ahead, the ELC will look for creative ways to build this and other relationships with partners, especially opportunities where community and nature intersect.

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We Want You!

Interested in joining? Contact the Emerging Leaders Council for information on outreach, fieldwork, and information on how you can help foster the next generation of conservationists. Feel free to connect with us at elc.columbialandtrust@gmail.com or fill out our interest form.


*The Backyard Habitat Certification Program is managed as a partnership between Columbia Land Trust and the Audubon Society of Portland.