CHELAN-DOUGLAS LAND TRUST SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT
Survey provides opportunity to help shape key initiatives for local land and habitat conservation
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is asking the community to help shape its next five-year Strategic Plan by taking a ten-minute online survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish on the Land Trust website at cdlandtrust.org.
“The current strategic plan adopted in 2015 relied heavily on survey responses received from both Land Trust members and community members,” said Board President Suzanne Hartman. “The 2020 survey builds on the information we received five years ago. It also reflects the changes we see occurring in our community, the region and statewide.”
Since adoption of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, the Land Trust has increased the lands protected – from 7,000 acres to 21,000 acres. This includes land in the Wenatchee Foothills, on Nason Ridge near Lake Wenatchee, in Douglas County and the Cashmere Canyons Preserve, plus land along the Wenatchee, White and Entiat Rivers, and Nason Creek.
As the population in Chelan and Douglas Counties continues to increase, desire for access to recreational lands has also increased. Likewise, the need to protect and preserve wildlife habitat, provide for resiliency in the face of wildfire threats and better understand the potential impacts of climate change on the rivers and lakes in our region mean that efforts by the Land Trust, local governments and other conservation groups are essential.
“We are asking our greater Chelan-Douglas communities and our dedicated members to help us shape the future for the Land Trust during the next five years and beyond,” added Curt Soper, Land Trust executive director. “The results we receive from the survey are essential to our planning and for how our resources are used most effectively and efficiently.
“North Central Washington communities show time and again how important quality of life is to them and they are willing to invest their time and resources in protecting the natural places that enrich our lives. We want to make sure that we continue to hear what they have to say,” added Soper.
The online survey is available now through Feb. 10. The results of the survey will be used during the Land Trust’s strategic planning process. The Land Trust Board of Directors will keep the community involved with the goal of adopting a final five-year plan by sometime in the fall of 2020.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is a local non-profit working to conserve our land, our water, and our access to natural areas. The Land Trust has a 35-year record of working collaboratively with property owners and communities to identify and protect the region’s most important natural landscapes forever. For more information: www.cdlandtrust.org