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Our vision for the future of the Northwest is 20/20!

Posted by Renee Magyar on August 21, 2014

Your gift of $20 for 20 months will make a difference for the next 20 years.

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Your gift is an investment in the health and well-being of the Northwest. Please, click on the image below if you also envision a sustainable future for the Northwest!

Thank you to our current donors – we couldn’t do any of this without you! And special thanks to The Collins Foundation for offering this opportunity to match our new sustaining gifts.

Twenty years ago, rural communities in the Northwest were being torn apart by battles over natural resources. Owls versus jobs, irrigation needs versus fish habitat, environmental interests versus industry – all fought to stalemate, with no solutions in sight.  But Sustainable Northwest was determined to find a way that moved beyond the battles and lawsuits.

We started by creating forest collaboratives. This approach is now the gold standard, resulting in healthier forests and job creation in small towns. Today, Oregon is leading the nation in the restoration of federal forests. And that movement is spreading across the region. 

We used the same collaborative approach in the Klamath Basin, where many people fought over how to use the limited water available. Years of work resulted in reaching a historic water-sharing agreement, which has been introduced to Congress with the hopes of passage this year.

These are just two of the many success stories that wouldn’t have happened without our donors. In honor of our 20th anniversary, The Collins Foundation will match new Sustaining Donor gifts of $20 per month for 20 months. That means that your $400 gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar turning it into $800! And with your investment in Sustainable Northwest, here are a few of the goals we’ll achieve:

  • Restore 500,000 acres of forests in the next five years, maximizing natural health and the economic benefit of our local communities.
  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels by helping communities switch to local, renewable energy sources like solar, wind, small hydro, and woody biomass.
  • Create new green markets for products such as juniper and blue pine, species that can be harvested to restore Oregon’s landscape and boost the economy in central and eastern Oregon.