a cost effective solution.
Our work is grounded in science and we’re committed to finding solutions to climate change and its impacts.
Oregon’s natural lands play a key role in tempering the effects of climate change. Healthy wetlands and estuaries will help protect coastal communities from storms, floods and rising sea levels. Corridors of connected open space—on private lands, state preserves and parks and more— allow species to migrate naturally and can help them adapt to climate change by moving to new habitats. Well-managed agricultural lands can help protect important wildlife habitat, improve soil health, provide healthy,local food and enhance irrigation efficiency to adjust to rising temperatures and altered weather patterns. Oregon’s forests store water at cooler temperatures for longer periods of time and play a key role in carbon sequestration and creating natural carbon stores.
With the recent research breakthroughs, we now have the science to prove that through the conservation, restoration and improved land management, natural lands provide a cost-effective solution. Through an ambitious initiative led by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscape Initiative is a bold new way to protect resilient and connected landscapes that can withstand the growing impacts of climate change and offer refuges to a plants and animals.
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Why conserve land?
Well-managed agricultural lands can help protect important wildlife habitat, improve soil health, provide healthy,local food and enhance irrigation efficiency to adjust to rising temperatures and altered weather patterns.
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Photo by Rich Pummel
Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative to Catalyze Conservation of Important Lands Across the Region
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In 2017, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon was the first in the Northwest to use carbon offset funds to conserved grasslands when they protected over 12,000 acres of the Lightning Creek Ranch in Wallowa County.
WLT, Wallowa Mtns View. Photo Credit: Julia Lakes
The Wetlands Conservancy. Amphibian Monitoring by Kacy Woodley
The Wetlands Conservancy is building a new community of wetland ambassadors and stewards