The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced a three-year, $7 million grant to the Nature Conservancy for the preservation of natural areas in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington identified as priorities in the states' wildlife action plans.
The grant has already spurred the formation of the Northwest Wildlife Conservation Initiative, which includes TNC chapters in all three states as well as Defenders of Wildlife in Oregon, Lava Lake Land and Livestock in Idaho, and the Wilburforce Foundation in Washington. The initiative will work with dozens of partners across the Pacific Northwest to advance critical land protection projects and build support and capacity for future conservation efforts.
In order to be supported by the initiative, projects must be aligned with the priorities identifies by the states while attracting additional funds from other sources. The initiative will work to build on DDCF's grant to secure at least $38 million for conversation priorities in the three states.
"The action plans were developed with scientists, conservationists, hunters, anglers, and others all working together," said Mark Shaffer, director of DDCF's environment program. "If we can now implement the plans with that same collaborative, proactive, and solution-oriented approach, the benefits for wildlife and people alike will be enormous."