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Conserving Essential Lands and Waters

The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative 

The beauty and abundance of the Pacific Northwest is 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. 

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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. 

Current Projects

Join Us 

Help protect our healthy, balanced and vibrant communities. By joining forces in this collaborative, science-driven effort, you will have an impact far beyond the reach of any one individual. Oregon Community Foundation has created a fund so you can leverage your tax- deductible gift with like-minded donors. For more information and to join the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative today, please reach out to Carlos GarciaEnvironmental Resource Officer, at (503) 227-6846 or cgarcia@oregoncf.org 

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through the preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s awareness of climate change as the greatest emerging threat to biodiversity — and the need to aggressively mitigate it without unnecessarily sacrificing wildlife habitat — shapes its environmental grantmaking priorities. More than $415 million in grants related to the conservation of wildlife in the United States have been made by the foundation since it was established in 1997.