Our Journey Has Begun

June 15, 2020

For Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, the events of the past few weeks have catalyzed a long-overdue conversation about how social justice must inform our work of conserving land. We recognize that the history of land ownership and land conservation in the United States has been burdened with the same legacy of racism and injustice that plague many other systems of power in our country. We stand firm in condemning systemic violence against black Americans.

Our board and staff are committed to doing the hard work of listening, learning, and responding to our diverse community in order to more justly and equitably serve our region now and into the future.

Our mission is “Connecting people to nature by conserving lands and waters essential to life in the Inland Northwest.” This means all people—including black, indigenous, people of color, and other underrepresented groups. We commit to integrating social justice more deeply and intentionally into our conservation work as we continue to strengthen communities and honor lands. Thank you for standing by us as we embark on this journey.

Statements from our conservation allies

Land Trust Alliance

Trust for Public Land

Network for Landscape Conservation

Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

Columbia Land Trust

The Nature Conservancy

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