Priday Ranch. Photo courtesy of Deschutes Land Trust.

The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative

Conserving Essential Lands and Waters 

The beauty and abundance of the Pacific Northwest are integral to the identity and well-being of our region. Yet the accelerating effects of a changing climate, along with population growth and other factors, are putting unprecedented pressure on them. The initiative’s goal is to unite and empower people from across our region to protect our lands and waters so their many benefits can be enjoyed by all people — now and for generations to come. 


With Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's lead funding of more than $5 million, OCF, Seattle Foundation, Idaho Community Foundation, and the Land Trust Alliance are harnessing their shared expertise, resources, and donor communities who want to embrace this vision for conserving lands across the Pacific Northwest. 

Advancing Climate Resilience in Land Conservation 

Scientists have identified natural places that are predicted to withstand the growing impacts of our changing climate, offering refuge to a diverse array of plant and animal life. These lands include corridors that connect large undeveloped areas, as well as sites that already provide clean air and water for so many.  

The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative links natural resilience with community resilience, supporting projects that strengthen access to clean water, reduce the risks of flooding, and bolster local economic opportunity. It also encourages projects that advance social equity by benefiting communities disproportionately impacted by our changing climate. 



Visit the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Story Map on Google Earth

A Lasting Impact for Our Lands, Waters and Communities

Spanning Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, the initiative has brought together a diverse coalition that includes national and regional funders, individual donors, community foundations, nonprofit land trusts, towns, Tribes, farmers and ranchers around a shared goal of making our region’s lands, waters and communities more resilient to a changing climate.ers around a shared goal of making our region’s lands, waters and communities more resilient to a changing climate.

Thanks to contributions from many donors, the initiative’s conservation portfolio has grown to include 24 community-based projects by nonprofit land trusts.  Together those projects are protecting more than 40,000 acres — an area larger than Bryce Canyon National Park or 30,500 football fields. In addition, the initiative is strengthening land trusts by investing in their capacity to help Northwest communities and wildlife adapt to a changing climate over the long term.

Read more: Building Resilience for Oregon’s Essential Lands, Waters and Rural Communities

For more information, please reach out to Carlos Garcia, senior program officer for environment and donor impact, at (503) 227-6846 or cgarcia@oregoncf.org.