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Emerald Alliance Update

April 2022
With the ink still drying on new initiatives signed into law by Governor Inslee, our April newsletter slices through a selection of legislative wins and losses from the 2022 Session. It’s safe to say that growth management, land use, conservation, transportation, and climate resiliency were among the dominant themes. In keeping with these themes, we invited Nick Norton of the Washington Association of Land Trusts to highlight their legislative wins and WALT’s priority work in support of land trusts and conservation across the state. 
 
Happy Spring!
- The EA Team

Partner Spotlight

This month, we spoke with Nick Norton, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts (WALT), about WALT's key legislative takeaways, challenges facing Washington's land trusts, how the organization is leaning into diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more!

Featured Events

One-Time Events:
— Stewardship Partners - Salish Sea Conference, April 26-28
— Sustainable Seattle - Resilient Foundations, April 23rd at 11:30am
— Pierce Conservation District - Riparian Habitat and Invasive Species Control Webinar, April 21 6:30-7:30pm
— Town Hall - "No Farms, No Food" with Don Stuart & Addie Candib, April 19th 7:30pm
— Master Gardener Foundation of King County - Growing Groceries Class Series (multiple dates & times this spring)

Volunteer Opportunities:
— Spring is perfect weather for volunteering! Check out the plethora of restoration events hosted by EarthCorps, Forterra, the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and more.

Legislative Highlights & Lowlights

The Emerald Alliance believes in an expansive and intersectional view of conservation, where conservation closely connects and feeds into climate, land use, transportation, energy, and other movements. Check out our blog post for an overarching view of this year's legislative highlights and lowlights that impact both conservation and its many intersecting fields.

News

Inspiration

It's a big year for kelp! Not only did a major piece of legislation pass that will conserve and restore 10,000 acres of kelp forests and eelgrass meadows by 2040, but Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced a first-of-its-kind "Kelp and Eelgrass Protection Zone" to conserve 2,300 acres of habitat near the mouth of the Snohomish River. Kelp habitat is critical for salmon & orca populations and sequesters carbon like nobody's business. We're excited to see elected officials recognizing and investing in the power of kelp. 
Thank you for your continued interest in our work! Send us your ideas and stories for future newsletters: Tracy Stanton at Tracy@EmeraldAllianceNW.org

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