Join us Thursday, September 20th, as we kick off year 2 of our fearless campaign with a day of giving in Southwest Washington.
Columbia Land Trust has deep roots in Southwest Washington and Clark County. While today we work in 14 counties on both the Washinton and Oregon sides of the river, we were born from a desire to conserve land in Southwest Washington that was being developed at an alarming rate. Today, we’re experiencing an all-too-familiar sense that the region’s natural areas, forests, and farmlands—the very places that inspire so many people to call SW Washington home—are disappearing overnight.
Last fall we launched a new Conservation Agenda, a bold framework to guide our efforts to protect the nature of the Northwest over the next 25 years. Part of that agenda called for raising $7 million in funding for Clark County conservation projects, a feat we accomplished when we saw the county pass a bond measure last winter. Today, we’re collaborating with local counties and cities to make sure the future of Southwest Washington is vibrant, thriving, and nature-rich.
On Thursday, September 20th, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is hosting Give More 24!, an annual day of giving when hundreds of people will go online and donate in support of their favorite causes, including the environment. This is a unique opportunity for people in Southwest Washington to show their love for the local organizations working hard to help improve their communities. It’s also a way for Oregonians who enjoy all that Southwest Washington has to offer to show their support.
This year, our goal is to raise $8,000 in a single day. To help us get there, longtime supporter Dick Colf has generously committed to match our first $3,000 raised dollar for dollar.
Each dollar donated on Thursday will help us meet the objectives outlined across five ecoregions spanning the Columbia River. This includes planting trees and restoring rivers in the Coast Range, expanding our Backyard Habitat Certification Program in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, and conserving thousands of more acres of natural lands that would otherwise be lost to development and fragmentation.
Throughout the day on September 20th, we’ll keep you posted on our progress toward our goal via social media, while sharing the examples of beloved Southwest Washington green spaces that we’re actively working to conserve and expand. We hope you’ll be inspired to lend your voice and your support to this important work.
The nature you hold dear depends on you now more than ever.
PS: You can also join our campaign by signing up as a fundraiser on our giving page, and challenging your friends to give. Or you can share photos and videos of the Northwest people, places, and wildlife that inspire you with the hashtags #FearlessNature and #GiveMore24.