Local foundation gives funds to strengthen land conservation efforts

The First Federal Community Foundation has awarded a grant for $5,000 to North Olympic Land Trust aimed at strengthening the organization’s abilities to conserve local lands that sustain the communities of Clallam County.

The support from the foundation will enable the Land Trust to stretch financial support from new, individual donors — leveraging an additional $10,000.

The Land Trust seeks to use these funds to further implement the “Love Where You Live” initiative, an ongoing authentic place-based outreach and engagement campaign intended to enhance the community’s passion for and desire to invest, support and engage in local businesses, agriculture, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities.

“We are proud to partner with the First Federal Community Foundation to continue the work to enhance our community’s quality of life while conserving the incredible and diverse land base of the North Olympic Peninsula,” said Tom Sanford, North Olympic Land Trust executive director.

Through its support of the “Love Where You Live” initiative, the recently awarded grant will help in the collaborative effort to foster a positive community land ethic centered on ecological resilience, resource sustainability and aesthetics.

Annual breakfast

North Olympic Land Trust announces this grant and the financial match opportunity it provides to first-time donors as the organization readies for its 9th annual Conservation Breakfast. The event, slated for 9 a.m., Friday, March 17, at the Naval Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St., Port Angeles, is an opportunity to learn more about the Land Trust while celebrating the community that together conserves the unique North Olympic Peninsula.

Although the breakfast is complimentary, donations are appreciated. Thanks to the First Federal Community Foundation grant, new donors will receive a 50-percent match on their investment.

Due to limited space at Conservation Breakfast, RSVPs are required by March 14. RSVP via email to alana@northolympic landtrust.org or by calling the Land Trust at 417-1815.

For those unable to attend the upcoming event, but are inspired to leverage their first-time gift toward local land conservation, tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 2945 Port Angeles, WA 98362, or made online at www.northolympiclandtrust.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, contact Alana Linderoth at 417-1815 ext. 3 or email alana@northolympiclandtrust.org.

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