• Summertime ScienceSummertime Science
    Two students from The University of Washington completed science internships with The Nature Conservancy over the summer. Stephanie Schmid and Eileen Arata worked with us on several projects including Ellsworth…
  • Wildfire Haze Lingers Over WashingtonWildfire Haze Lingers Over Washington
    Year after year, wildfires are occurring with greater frequency and intensity across Washington state, presenting a significant problem for the health and wellbeing of people, wildlife and forests. Fire is…
  • 50 Years of the Clean Water Act and 50 more on the Horizon50 Years of the Clean Water Act and 50 more on the Horizon
    In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox, kicked off a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act at the Aurora Bridge Bioswale…
  • Celebrating Climate Wins in the Inflation Reduction ActCelebrating Climate Wins in the Inflation Reduction Act
    Congressional and community leaders gathered at the White House today to celebrate a major achievement in federal climate policy: the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The new law includes hundreds of…
  • Traveling Chinook Lands and WatersTraveling Chinook Lands and Waters
    By Owen L. Oliver, Freelance Writer (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo)The Nature Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve in southwest Washington state is situated on the traditional and current territories of the Chinook…
  • Hitting the Pavement to Track Temperature in TacomaHitting the Pavement to Track Temperature in Tacoma
    By Emily Heber, TNC media relations managerIn the shade of towering Garry Oaks on a hot summer day, staff and supporters of the Tacoma Tree Foundation and The Nature Conservancy…
  • Rebuilding an Urban Tree Canopy: On the Ground with GRITRebuilding an Urban Tree Canopy: On the Ground with GRIT
    by Grace Lee Kang, Freelance WriterWhen Jamie Robertson and his wife moved into their house in Tacoma, the pair of bigleaf maples residing in the front yard welcomed them to…
  • Historic Climate and Clean Energy Legislation Passes US HouseHistoric Climate and Clean Energy Legislation Passes US House
    The Inflation Reduction Act is on its way to President Biden for his signature after passing in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill puts the U.S. on a…
  • Chewing on Progress in the Central Cascades ForestChewing on Progress in the Central Cascades Forest
    In 2014, an analysis of Eastern Washington Forests done in collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the US Forest Service, identified 2.7 million acres of forestland in urgent need…
  • Nature Moment: Mama Bear & Cub, and More, at Ellsworth Creek PreserveNature Moment: Mama Bear & Cub, and More, at Ellsworth Creek Preserve
    As we shared a couple months back, TNC Conservation Ecologist Maia Murphy-Williams has been leading a study to better understand how mammals are using the patchwork forest landscape of our…
  • 6PPD: The Secret Killer of Puget Sound Salmon6PPD: The Secret Killer of Puget Sound Salmon
    By Eric Wagner, Freelance WriterThe Ship Canal Bridge is a double-deck steel truss that looms nearly two hundred feet above Portage Bay, between Lake Washington and Lake Union in Seattle.…
  • Climate Change and the Wellbeing of Coastal CommunitiesClimate Change and the Wellbeing of Coastal Communities
    By: Laura Nelson, Postdoc at the University of WashingtonAll along the West Coast of the United States, fisheries support the economies and social fabric of local communities, but numerous challenges…
  • Floodplains Beyond BordersFloodplains Beyond Borders
    By Bob Carey, Strategic Partnerships Director with TNC WashingtonWhat do the Mississippi River Basin, Colorado River Basin, and Fraser River Basin all have in common?  They are all huge river…
  • The State of the Puget Sound Tree CanopyThe State of the Puget Sound Tree Canopy
    By Hannah Kett, Urban Program Director at The Nature ConservancyTrees help clean the water flowing into streams, rivers and Puget Sound, help purify the air people breathe, lower the temperature…
  • Considering Climate for a Healthy Urban Tree CanopyConsidering Climate for a Healthy Urban Tree Canopy
    By: Kate Sievers, Project Manager, Nature Based SolutionsUrban trees offer great promise to improve residents' daily lives and make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Benefits to…
  • A Resource Guide for Fish-Friendly Infrastructure FundingA Resource Guide for Fish-Friendly Infrastructure Funding
    Update: the below resource guide was written to complement a webinar, “Improving Infrastructure for Fish + People”, which featured panelists from federal agencies administering funds; a recording of that webinar…
  • Partners are Working to Build GRIT in 'Grit City'Partners are Working to Build GRIT in 'Grit City'
    By Ailene Ettinger, Quantitative EcologistAccording to social researchers, grit means “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals, and having stamina;” they say it’s a valuable characteristic for thriving and that…
  • Catching Animals... on Camera in the Ellsworth Creek PreserveCatching Animals... on Camera in the Ellsworth Creek Preserve
    by Iseabel Nance, University of Washington News LabThe Nature Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve is a “living laboratory.” TNC is testing and measuring how different large-scale forest-management strategies can restore industrial…
  • Growing Community Through TreesGrowing Community Through Trees
    The trees in urban landscapes that line city streets and parks provide a multitude of benefits for people and nature. Cleaner air and being surrounded by trees are good for…
  • Indigenous Communities Chart a Path for Sustainable FutureIndigenous Communities Chart a Path for Sustainable Future
    The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, comprises the northernmost part of the Emerald Edge—a 100-million-acre expanse of lush forests, rivers, islands and mountain streams spanning from the Pacific Northwest…