Furthering collaborative and strategic conservation of southwest Washington’s essential natural areas and working lands.
We envision a future for southwest Washington where people, animals, and natural habitats thrive because the community — private citizens, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies — has invested in conservation of our natural places and resources.
Our goal is to ensure that our region is a place with clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; a place with healthy populations of native fish and wildlife; a place where the economy is robust, sustainable, and stronger because people want to live and work here; a place where the natural environment inspires curiosity and hope for the people who live here; a place where a diverse coalition of conservationists, landowners, funders, and public officials work together on issues — using methods that increase trust and collaboration; a place that retains its distinctive natural features; and a place where thriving urban areas and a healthy rural landscape exist side by side.
- marine shoreline and estuaries
- prairies and oak woodlands
- wetlands, rivers, streams, and forests that surround them
- working farms, ranches, and timberlands
We can’t do this work alone. Our long history has proven that we can only be effective when we work with partners. Capitol Land Trust is widely known for our ability to bring together political parties and groups in order to identify and achieve shared goals. We will continue to pursue these types of partnerships, ensuring that our work meets the needs of our diverse community.
Recognizing and respecting diverse values and interests, we identify common ground and shared community goals, leverage limited funding, emphasize non-regulatory techniques and build partnerships that accomplish these goals. Our work adheres to the high standards indicated by our national accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance, and we will continually strive to maintain and improve professionalism, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.
We will maximize financial and staff resources by prioritizing conservation projects that:
- are consistent with our distinctive mission and conservation goals;
- are identified as priorities in one or more conservation or recovery plans;
- are supported by a coalition of stakeholders and partners;
- conserve or restore biological diversity and functioning ecological systems, giving high consideration to intact habitat and adequate size;
- are contiguous with, or in proximity to, already conserved lands;
- provide community value as working lands;
- face imminent threat of ecological degradation, typically from land use change; and
- offer distinctive management opportunities to advance community engagement and financial goals in concert with conservation.