Our Northwest Office
Our three conservation priorities—fighting climate change, safeguarding wildlife and connecting people with nature—aim to protect wildlife and wild places for generations to come.
ISSUES WE WORK ON:
Fighting Climate Change
Informing Climate Change Adaptation in Washington State
We are helping inform Washington State's Climate Response Strategies, which describe the projected impacts of climate change and identify strategies to prepare for those impacts. Check out new reports and case studies on our work safeguarding Washington's fish and wildlife from climate change.
Assessing the Impacts of Sea-level Rise
In addition to raising awareness of sea-level rise in Puget Sound, Southwestern Washington, and Northwestern Oregon, the results of this study are intended to assist coastal managers and other decision-makers as they identify and implement strategies to minimize the risks.
Working with the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
We are working with NPLCC members, stakeholders, and others to inform their consideration of science priorities and activities in light of current and projected climate change impacts. The NPLCC is primarily a coastal region, and extends from southcentral Alaska in the north to northwestern California in the south.
Helping Communities with Forestry CPR (Climate Preparedness and Response)
Robust urban tree canopies can sequester carbon, provide habitat and food for wildlife, improve shade and cooling effects, and manage stormwater flooding. We helped develop a Forestry CPR tool and materials that can be used by local governments, organizations and citizens looking to address climate change.
Halting Northwest Coal Exports
Coal companies are targeting the Pacific Northwest as the gateway for export terminals that would send staggering quantities of U.S. coal to Asia. Learn more.
Protecting Water Resources
We are working on changing large scale water management systems in Washington's Yakima River Basin and California's Central Valley, to better meet the needs of wildlife and people now and as climate changes.
Stopping Toxic Mining
This pristine wilderness, containing the world's largest run of wild salmon, is at risk from mining that would scar one of America's most spectacular places. Learn more.
Safeguarding Floodplain Habitat
We are working to end destructive floodplain development and to increase protection of floodplain areas to safeguard wildlife, reduce flooding and enhance public safety. Learn more.
Connecting People with Nature
Gardening for Wildlife
Washington State has over 25 communities actively engaged in protecting and restoring wildlife habitat. Learn how you can get your community involved.
We are helping schools in the region green their school buildings, grounds, educational programming and student experience through the Eco-Schools USA program.