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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 10:58 am 
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Hi guys,

Is there a nonprofit/charity wilderness conservation type of organization that I can make a donation to? Could be local (PNW or west coast) or national, either way.
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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 11:27 am 
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These two are more trails and access based: 

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org

Our own WTA does good work too.

https://www.wta.org

A local conservation organization in North Central Idaho:

https://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org
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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 11:35 am 
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The Nature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

They are the group that acquired and has been working on the restoration and preservation of the   "Ellsworth Unit" near Long Island (among other projects they are involved in.)

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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 1:01 pm 
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Washington Wild is directly related to wilderness as is The Wilderness Society is a national organization, Conservation NW is local (as is washington wild)

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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 1:08 pm 
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Great Peninsula Conservancy

https://greatpeninsula.org/

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You can also support one of Washington or Oregon's regional or local land trusts!

Here's link to a map of most of Washington's land trusts:
https://walandtrusts.org/about-us/our-land-trusts/


Here's a link to a list of many of Oregon's land trusts:
https://oregonlandtrusts.org/about-us/coalition-members/
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I am a huge fan of land trusts and private land conservation. The general concept is the non profit acquires private land and puts it into trust in perpetuity (forever) for the benefit of the public and the environment. The private land is acquired on the fair market, so the previous land owner is voluntarily selling (or donating) their land. And there are existing tax laws that make it a good deal for the land owner to sell or donate their land to the land trust. The classic example is the rancher or farmer who wants to ensure their ranch remains rural and wild for the rest of time, and is afraid that their heirs may subdivide the land and sell it off for home construction. The resulting land trust, while still being privately owned by the non-profit, is open to the public to recreate in.

Others have mentioned some good land trust non-profits above. One of my favorite is Forterra, which focuses on the Puget Sound urban area, but is starting to branch out across Washington State.
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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 2:32 pm 
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Thanks for the info, I will read up on what the land trusts are about, and also look at the other organizations that you all mentioned, and pick one.
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ONDA


The Voice of the Desert

With more than 10,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only conservation organization dedicated exclusively to preserving Oregon’s high desert.

Our dream? We envision a high desert in Oregon where eight million acres of public lands are conserved to ensure that fish and wildlife thrive and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always.

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PostThu Aug 27, 2020 5:17 pm 
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Also the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

https://www.cdlandtrust.org/
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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 10:24 am 
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What are your priorities? Wilderness expansion? Defending wilderness ethics (however you view those)? Wildlife preservation? Litigating? Funding a small group and being involved? Access to trails? Getting a calendar and a membership card every year?

There's as many different groups out there as there are causes. There's also lots of opinions in the enviro community about the best ways to advocate for these causes. For example, I'd never donate to Conservation NW because of their past support for culling wolves. Other people on here probably agree with their strategy. I'd do some research and check in to make sure your values are in line with who you donate to.
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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 1:57 pm 
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https://wildernesswatch.org/
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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 2:44 pm 
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JVesquire wrote:
What are your priorities?

Without having thought about it much, I would say wilderness conservation. Keeping them untainted as much as possible. In other words, the least human interaction as possible.
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PostSat Aug 29, 2020 2:44 am 
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80skeys,

With similar interests in mind, I look for small, local organizations, where my donations will have a meaningful impact, then commit myself to knowing something about the org's operation and to advocating for it in op-eds and the like.

In considering midsize or larger orgs, I am interested in sources of funding. Some are very good at fundraising through public and private agency grants. An org that gets 3 million/yr in grant funding and more from private donations does not need my $10.

I will, however, support a specific effort of a larger org that appears to be running on a separate funding stream, perhaps sequestered from annual budget.

Wilderness conservation is a tricky area because once something is officially Wilderness, a different set of regulations applies. Offhand, I can think of no case in which Wilderness was undesignated, back to wilderness (or forest, etc.). The Northeast, with which I am more familiar, is playing out the Wilderness experiment in real time. Woods are seeing heavier use, including wild camping (legal), right up to the point at which a river is uncrossable, e.g., because a bridge has been removed as a nonconforming structure.

Use-related changes are accelerating all over, as many threads on this site attest.

I will be interested to hear how the discovery process unfolds for you, if this is something you wish to share.
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