Icicle Fund Land Conservation Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Icicle Fund supports non-profit organizations that work to protect the environment, advance the arts, and promote the natural and cultural history of North Central Washington through innovative collaboration.

The Fund’s Land Conservation Committee’s vision is to secure large, intact landscapes representative of the biodiversity of the region that support human use and provide opportunities for people to connect with the land by protecting key lands and waters, building stewardship capacity, and cultivating policies that inspire long-term commitment to place.

In this plan, we outline four specific areas within land conservation where Icicle Fund and its five lead partners are committed to engage in collaborative initiatives and strategic efforts. The five lead partners are Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Wenatchee River Institute, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy.

This plan covers a four-year period and will be reviewed after two, in 2018.

Strategic Issues and Goals

Strategic Issue #1 How can we increase leverage of the Icicle Fund investment in land conservation in NCW?

  • Goal #1 Work collaboratively to diversify funding sources to increasingly leverage the Icicle Fund investment in land conservation

Strategic Issue #2: How can we ensure that the land and waters we protect are managed well?

  • Goal #2 Enhance the capacity of the Land Conservation Committee partners and the greater North Central Washington community to be good stewards of land and water

Strategic Issue #3: How can we work with partners to protect and restore lands and waters that sustain priority natural systems and species while maintaining working landscapes and opportunities for recreation?

  • Goal #3 Collaborate to secure priority areas that sustain natural systems and species, connect across habitat types, protect the flow of ecological and socioeconomic services, and ensure resilience to the local effects of climate change

Strategic Issue #4: How can we build the knowledge, tools, and constituency needed to develop policies that support conservation and restoration of our priority areas?

  • Goal #4 Build partnerships to advocate for strong policies to support land and water conservation through a variety of approaches.