Our commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Since 2016, our staff, Board of Directors and Board of Advisers have been engaged in an intentional process to advance objectives of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) within our international organization and the larger environmental and conservation movements.
We’re an organization steeped in collaboration. We recognize that conservation must go hand-in-hand with prosperous communities, and that a healthy, resilient ecosystem is only possible when people of all identities are included.
We protect, connect and restore the wildlands and wildlife vital to the Pacific Northwest’s natural heritage, which belongs to all people. We restore wildlife, forests and wild places by working with diverse stakeholders. Through dialogue, we find common ground and collaborative solutions for challenging issues across our region.
Since the early days of Conservation Northwest, indigenous peoples have been vital partners in our work. We support Indigenous Rights and Title, including the treaty rights of these sovereign nations. We’re honored to collaborate with indigenous nations across the region, and indigenous representatives have long participated on our Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
Our program work coordinates with First Nations and tribal leaders and natural resource representatives daily, and collaborative efforts have included:
- Reintroducing fishers with leaders of the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe and Lummi Nation;
- Advancing forest restoration, watershed health and wildlife recovery through partnerships and coordination with the Yakama Nation, Tulalip, Muckleshoot and Snoqulamie tribes.
- Conserving mule deer, Canada lynx, and sharp-tailed grouse in eastern Washington with the Colville Confederated Tribes;
- Restoring grizzly bears in southwest British Columbia alongside the Okanagan Nation Alliance, Stó:lō and St’at’imc First Nations, among others; and
- Forging a 25 year ongoing partnership with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band of the Syilx First Nation on numerous objectives related to habitat and cultural conservation, sovereignty, and prosperity.
Among conservation groups, we are also a leader in developing genuine relationships with rural communities, often through our field staff working with local stakeholders and leaders in the small towns, forests and backcountry across our region.
Important conservation strategies are most durable when reached through collaboration with the people who live on or near affected landscapes. From working with local ranchers and farmers to reduce conflicts with wildlife, to incorporating the knowledge and livelihoods of rural and tribal communities during forest management planning, we believe in listening and responding to community values.
Additionally, we are increasingly focusing on the benefits of healthy forests, wildlife habitat and watersheds for downstream communities who rely on clean water, clean air and other ecosystem services. Our Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program works with rural, urban and suburban communities so that both people and animals can sustainably reside and recreate in areas near to growing communities and important for our Northwest natural heritage.
Through ongoing collaboration with JEDI advisers, trainers and resources, First Nations and Indigenous leaders, and other allies, we’re working to continue and further extend our strategic collaboration with marginalized, underrepresented and disadvantaged communities, and invite new voices and perspectives into our work.
We recognize that creating an equitable space where all voices are heard is an ongoing process. That’s why we’ve established specific goals and objectives to integrate diverse perspectives in our work, so our efforts to keep the Northwest wild are as effective as possible.
WE KNOW THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE’RE BUILDING A STRONGER, WILDER FUTURE FOR THE Pacific NORTHWEST!
Our Goals & Objectives
- Be a responsible, engaged partner and bolster our current collaborations in the areas we serve by:
- Building and retaining a membership base that is representative of our program areas;
- Supporting and fostering authentic relationships with people and organizations that serve diverse communities;
- Expanding our local relationships, community presence and program relevance to a broader constituency.
- Be transparent and intentional about our efforts to integrate equity and inclusion into our work, and invite members and partners to participate and share in our learning process.
- Foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all by implementing a recruiting and hiring process that mitigates privilege and bias and attracts a diverse and inclusive candidate pool.
- Play an active role in working toward a just, equitable and inclusive conservation community by reducing barriers and building capacity for underrepresented groups.
- Broaden the role of a conservationist by empowering diverse perspectives and voices, as well as examining our biases and how our words and actions are perceived by different communities.
We strive to create a safe space where we can all stumble and make mistakes without judgement or fear. This is a learning process for all of us, and we invite our members and volunteers to participate. Please join us as we try to do our part to make the conservation movement more equitable and inclusive!
- Wildlife Bridges & Brews – May 14th, Ballard
- April 2019: Central Cascades scholarship: Looking Upstream
- November 2018: Expanding the dialogue at WildLinks 2018
- October 2018: Finding solutions for murrelets and coastal communities
- October 2018: Broadening perspectives on the outdoors
- July 2018: Tour with Boothroyd Band (Nlaka’pamux) and St’at’imc First Nations
- August 2017: Working with First Nations to reduce lynx mortality
Or watch our video 30 Years Wilder featuring boardmembers and staff