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Alliance Update

We are excited to relaunch our monthly news & resource digest to an ever-growing partner base. We have added a new section called Partner Spotlight, which will feature interviews with partners working at the forefront of land protection-- those entities investing in the health and resilience of the region’s natural infrastructure and landscapes; ensuring more equitable, livable and sustainable communities across Puget Sound (and beyond).
 
On a more personal note, as we collectively begin to emerge from the pandemic-forced hibernation and recover from the many layers of challenges and trauma, we want to be sure to celebrate the good things that give us hope. Top of mind is a shout out to all of those who worked to help get the HEAL Act passed during the 2021 WA legislative session. This legislation is at the heart of how to build, back, better. 
 
- The EA Team


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Partner Spotlight

This month, we spoke with Liz Johnston, Director at City Forest Credits (CFC), to learn more about City Forest Credit's recently developed Impact Certification. The Impact Certification offers a comprehensive evaluation of tree planting projects - measuring social equity and human health in addition to baseline ecological impacts. A first of its kind in the field, we are excited to share this conversation about how the Impact Certification can enable conservation projects to center equity and human impact in their goals and outcomes.

Featured Events

Volunteer Opportunities:
— Solid Ground's Giving Garden at Marra Farm - drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm
— Pierce Conservation District's Rain Garden Cleanups - weekly on Saturdays 9am-noon
 
One-Time Events:

From Our Blog

Washington Farmland Trust Releases New Annual Report

In addition to a new DEI plan to guide their organizational transformation, the WFT concluded their 5-year long “Our Farms, Our Future” campaign, which protected 1,378 acres of farmland across the Puget Sound region...
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A Dose of Nature Improves Mental Health

In light of stay-at-home orders, University of Washington researchers share that studies also show there is much to be gained from nature close to home, whether in a yard, on neighborhood walks or even indoors...
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Reducing Wildfire Risk with Forested Watershed Management

This year’s wildfire season is creating early concern for forest & watershed managers. Western water utilities, in particular, are weighing the benefits/costs of treatments for fuels reduction...
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News

Inspiration

Check out Earth in Color's inaugural issue of Radicle, an annual publication that explores sustainability and the environment - centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voices and experiences in connecting with and sustaining nature. 

(Photo Credit: Earth in Color)
Thank you for your continued interest in our work! Send us your ideas and stories for future newsletters: Tracy Stanton at Tracy@EmeraldAllianceNW.org

We are building a collaborative, multicultural coalition to ensure that all voices are included and recognized. If you have a stake in the future of the Puget Sound's open spaces, consider becoming a partner:
 
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